Corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs are an integral part of today’s conference agendas. Conventions and events offer significant potential to positively impact the communities in which they are held. Service projects allow your attendees to connect more with the destination while forging new friendships with fellow attendees and deeper connections to your organization.

Legacy Collective offers a way for meeting planners, event attendees and companies to give back to nonprofits in Atlanta while gathering for conferences, conventions and events. This giving community is dedicated to funding groups addressing systemic issues with sustainable solutions. Legacy Collective’s Atlanta City Giving Circle includes a comprehensive and diverse list of local nonprofit organizations which have been vetted to ensure they are all 501(c)(3) organizations in good standing with the IRS. Legacy Collective also confirms each group has a diversity and inclusion policy that does not discriminate against any legally protected class during the hiring process, employment or in their client services.

How Does It Work?

During an event’s registration process, meeting planners may include an option for a specific dollar amount to be donated toward one or more of the nonprofits listed on this site. Alternatively, an organization can also choose to make a lump sum donation to the Atlanta City Giving Circle outside of the registration process.  Meeting planners may also choose to make this an interactive experience by allowing attendees to vote on the recipients of the funding.

Once the event registration period has closed, the meeting planner connects with Legacy Collective on their preferred donation method and nonprofit beneficiary of their choosing. Legacy Collective will then issue the grants and provide the meeting planner with blog and social media posts on how the funds were used as well as impact reporting from the nonprofits. 

The Atlanta City Giving Circle is a great way to make a meaningful difference when you don’t have the time to coordinate a hands-on activity. 


Atlanta is the proud home of several nonprofits that offer a variety of unique community service opportunities. Discover more about how you can bring together your attendees with projects and give-back opportunities that will create a lasting impact:

BeLoved Atlanta

BeLoved Atlanta

Forced prostitution is rampant, trapping victims in a cycle of homelessness and addiction. BeLoved Atlanta provides safe homes and a two-year restoration program, equipping women with the power to create a new path in life. Its vision for each woman it works with is that she may heal from exploitation and addiction as a more true and full version of herself and reclaim the parts of herself that trafficking attempted to steal.

The staff offers a holistic approach to healing by crafting an individual treatment plan for each resident. The BeLoved program includes free housing, one-to-one professional counseling, group therapy, case-management, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, medical and legal assistance, financial planning, education and employment.

Blessings in a Backpack

In Atlanta, tens of thousands of kids are food insecure and may not know where they will get their next meal. Throughout the school week, these students depend on the meals they receive through their free and reduced-price meal program, but what happens when the school closes its doors on Friday? Who will feed the kids this weekend? Blessings in a Backpack will! Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for school-aged children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Each Friday of the school year, Blessings sends home a bag of kid-friendly, nutritious food with children who face food insecurity, so they can keep hunger at bay and return to school on Monday morning feeling nourished and ready to learn.

Volunteers are needed to participate in packing events. A Blessings packing event allows your employees or team members to be directly involved in our mission by assembling bags of weekend food for local Blessings children who might otherwise go hungry. This is a community engagement opportunity with an associated donation to have food and materials shipped to the location of your choice for you and team members to pack and to have the bags picked up and brought to a school or community organization that will get them to kids in need. We’d be happy to talk with you about one of our most popular engagement opportunities to help you make an impact on weekend hunger for kids in Atlanta! Monetary donations and inspirational notecards for food bags are also welcome.

Café Momentum

Café Momentum Atlanta, set to open at the end of 2024, marks an exciting expansion of a national mission to create pathways out of incarceration so today’s justice-involved youth have access to resources, opportunity and trauma-informed support such that they and their future generations can dream without limits. Since 2015, Café Momentum has been a catalyst for change, supporting over 1,200 justice-involved youth (ages 15-19) across Dallas, Pittsburgh and Nashville through a paid workforce development internship and program. By immersing young people in the restaurant industry and providing them with mental health support, access to education and 24-7 case management, we prepare them for a brighter future and create a space where they can realize their full potential.

Leading up to the grand opening, guests can experience Momentum Atlanta through a Pop-Up Dinner Series starting this summer. These events will offer a glimpse into the transformative dining experiences we plan to provide alongside opportunities for community engagement through dining, event hosting and volunteering. Stay tuned for more information on how you can support and become part of this life-changing mission.


CHRIS 180 helps children, young adults and families who have experienced trauma change the direction of their lives to become more productive, self-sufficient members of the community. They do this through mental health counseling, training, providing safe housing and real-world skill building. CHRIS 180’s goal is to help those it serves build resiliency to overcome life’s challenges.

There are many ways to give and get involved, and they are currently developing new in-person volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups.

Foundation for Hospital Art

Our mission is to bring comfort and hope through art to people in healthcare facilities in Atlanta and around the world.  Our vision is to make hospitals beautiful places for healing and our quest is to donate at least one painting to every hospital on Earth.  We design multi-panel, color-coded murals on canvas that are painted by volunteers at PaintFest events and then donated to brighten the walls of hospitals and lift patient spirits.  Artistic talent is not required.  Whether painting team building-style with large groups or reception-style walk-up stations for small groups, there are multiple setups that will fit any meeting. 

Since 1984, we have involved over one million people and donated over 53,000 paintings to over 8,500 hospitals across 195 countries.  PaintFests are CSR events that will impact thousands of patients and families for years to come.


Furkids operates the largest cage-free, no-kill shelter in the Southeast for rescued cats along with Sadie’s Place, a no-kill shelter for dogs. The Furkids mission is to rescue homeless animals, provide them with the best medical care and nurturing environment while working to find them a forever home. Furkids heals the whole animal, physically and emotionally, restoring its health and its spirit. Furkids has rescued and altered more than 55,000 animals since its founding in 2002.

The shelter provides a wonderful volunteer opportunity for groups of all ages and sizes. Furkids is the only animal rescue organization in metro Atlanta that allows children of all ages to volunteer.

Gateway Center

Since 2005, Gateway Center has served as a bridge for individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Atlanta as they transition to permanent housing. As a homeless service provider, Gateway Center offers holistic supportive services, short-term residential (shelter) programs, and intensive case management to support individuals and families experiencing homelessness in obtaining sustainable income and stable housing. Gateway Center is committed to eliminating barriers, improving equitable outcomes, and creating opportunities in underserved and under-resourced communities by supporting individuals and families on their journey to safe and stable housing. Gateway Center’s mission, services, and strategic goals create and improve equitable outcomes for marginalized communities. By linking individuals with emergency short-term residential housing (shelter), intensive case management, housing placement assistance, career services support, and behavioral health intervention, Gateway Center assists guests enrolled in our residential programs in obtaining sustainable income, transitioning to stable housing, improving their overall well-being, and breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness for their families. 

We have opportunities for groups or individuals to serve with us. There are opportunities to assist with kitchen services, work in the clothing closet, campus beautification projects, and more. Financial donations are always needed. Additionally, we are always is need of donations of packages of new underwear and socks.

Giving Kitchen

Giving Kitchen (GK) is nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance to food service workers through financial support and a network of community resources. Their goal is to create a food service community in which crises are met with compassion and care. Since its inception, GK has served over 17,000 food service workers and awarded over $11 million in financial assistance. In 2022, Giving Kitchen was named one of Fast Company’s Brands That Matter. In 2019, Giving Kitchen was the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Global Village Project

Global Village Project was founded 15 years ago and is the only school in the U.S. dedicated to serving refugee girls. Global Village Project’s (GVP) mission is to reactivate the education of refugee girls so that they can access all the benefits of a holistic education in Atlanta, Georgia. Our transformative educational model is designed to not only meet the needs of refugee young women, but also amplify the strengths, skills, and voices they bring to our learning community. Through the foundation they acquire at GVP, refugee girls gain the tools and support they need to become highly successful students and empowered citizens.

As a tuition-free, nonprofit middle school, donations made to our school support all areas of our student’s academic lives, as well as how GVP supports students beyond the classroom through our mentoring and alumni programming. Volunteer positions offer the opportunity to build relationships with refugee girls, mentor them academically, and help with their personal success and challenges. To donate, volunteer, and for more information, please visit our website at

Hands on Atlanta

Hands On Atlanta

With a vision to make Atlanta the most civically engaged and equitable community in the world, Hands On Atlanta mobilizes the community to tackle the city’s most pressing needs. From fighting food insecurity to supporting students across Title 1 public schools, Hands On Atlanta annually engages 20,000 volunteers across its trusted, robust network of nonprofit and school partners to do something good.

From plug-and-play group volunteering opportunities to creating completely customizable civic engagement experiences for convention attendees, the organization offers fun and impacting solutions to do something good. 

Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Meals on Wheels Atlanta

Meals On Wheels Atlanta (MOWA) was founded in 1965 to support seniors struggling with poverty, food insecurity and social isolation. Over more than 50 years, it has grown from a small soup kitchen to an organization serving more than 600,000 meals each year throughout the Atlanta area. It has also expanded program offerings to respond to other critical needs in the community and now offer multiple services to support both older adults and veterans, including home-delivered and congregate meals, home repair services and a food pantry for both seniors and their pets.

MOWA offers an array of both in-person and virtual volunteer opportunities including letter writing, meal box decoration, meal delivery, stocking the pantry and hosting a food drive.

Next Generation Men and Women

Next Gen closes the opportunity gap for under-resourced high school students in Atlanta through exposure to college, career options and support.  We are dedicated to ensuring that every student is prepared to seize the opportunities life has to offer. We do this by partnering with high schools, local companies and colleges to provide under-resourced Atlanta high school students with the necessary exposure and support to graduate ready and committed to college and career.

Next Gen offers a variety of ways to plug-in and get involved including hosting an Exposure Experience at your workplace, volunteering at our annual fall Networking Night, or joining us in the spring for our annual Next Gen Block Party to celebrate our students.

Refuge Coffee

At Refuge we believe in a way of welcome that can create a better outcome, better communities, and ultimately a better world. What does it mean to welcome the most historically unwelcomed people of the world—refugees and other immigrants? What does substantial welcome really mean?Every time you visit a Refuge Coffee shop, you are helping us to provide real welcome in the form of full-time, competitive-wage jobs, job-training, and mentorship for resettled refugees. Our workforce development model provides newly-arrived refugees and other immigrants a place to prepare, to breathe, and to dream for a better future in their new home. In addition to our job-training program, we work to create welcoming, fun, multi-ethnic comfortable gathering places at all our locations, both at our home base is Clarkston, GA, (the most diverse square mile in Georgia!), and at our shops in Midtown and Norcross. Our team also delivers our specialty coffee services all over town with our bright red catering vehicles and compact, portable barista carts. Click here for more information about coffee catering.


Atlanta has numerous other organizations that do great work in our community. Please use this directory to find one that aligns with your mission and goals. Contact your destination services manager for help making a valuable connection and start a project that will leave a lasting impact in your convention city.

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