Case Studies

Culture Connect, Inc.

Empowering immigrants and refugees to be successful in Atlanta

From the client:

“It has been an absolute pleasure working with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Because of their assistance in fine-tooth combing all of Culture Connect’s legal documentation and addressing all of our legal questions, we can be sure that we’re serving our constituency well and sustainably. While all areas addressed by PBP-Atl were necessary and useful, the most growth we have seen has been a result of the contracts they drafted for us. We can now seek out new clients and hire new contractors with confidence, ultimately increasing our financial resource base and the number of people served. Lastly, I have been most impressed with the attorneys’ thorough work, ability to explain complicated issues in layman’s terms, anticipation of questions in the future, and quick turn-around time. It is clear that they are all professionals and care about supporting nonprofits in Atlanta. Thank you PBP-Atl for helping Culture Connect have sturdy ground to stand on!”

About Culture Connect

Culture Connect empowers immigrants, refugees, and Americans by advancing cultural competency using a holistic approach. Our programs offer cultural, social, linguistic, and professional support to strengthen Metropolitan Atlanta’s diverse community.

Legal Assistance Provided by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta:

  • Classifying workers
  • Personnel policies
  • Reviewing contract with another organization
  • Drafting a form contract for services and independent contractor agreement
  • Developing a confidentiality agreement for volunteers
  • Developing a privacy policy
  • Establishing board policies and procedures including document retention and conflicts of interest policies
  • Reviewing and revising its bylaws

Additionally, Culture Connect participated in one of Pro Bono Partnership’s Nonprofit Legal Check-Up.

Jeanette Rankin Foundation, Inc.

Women succeeding through education

From the client:

“When a non-profit has a question that requires legal expertise, where can the charity turn? In our case, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund found a wonderful partner through the professional staff and volunteer attorneys at Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

We have a small annual budget, and concentrate our fundraising efforts and expenses to support our scholarships for low-income women; thus we don’t have funds available for legal expenses.

Our questions have involved our employee handbook, gift agreement documents, and contract reviews. In each case, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has matched us with an attorney in that area who is volunteering his or her time to help us navigate the question and come to an appropriate solution. This service protects Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund and helps keep our costs low so we may put our funding toward helping women go to college. It’s a winning solution for our legal needs. We have enjoyed working with the staff and volunteer attorneys — many kudos to them for their donated expertise and time. Thank you!”

About Jeanette Rankin Foundation:

Jeannette Rankin Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for, and awarding scholarships to, low-income women, ages 35 and older. Each scholarship recipient has a vision of how a college education will benefit herself, her family, and her community. Most recipients are in truly meager financial circumstances and may have other hardships or disabilities.

Legal Assistance Provided by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta:

  • Drafting a Memorandum of Understanding
  • State charitable registration
  • Reviewing a purchasing contract for office space
  • Advice on sales and use tax
  • Reviewing a contract for a database system
  • Classifying employees
  • Drafting a standard offer letter for “at will” employees
  • Reviewing personnel manual
  • Setting up a “doing business as” name with the state of Georgia

Disability Resource Center

Empowering people with disabilities to become as independent as possible in all aspects of life

From the client:

“I first came to know Rachel Spears and the Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta when I came to work at Disability Resource Center in the Spring of 2006. The organization was in a financial mess and needed some legal assistance with the facility that they had signed a 10 year lease with. Rachel Spears was able to set me up with an attorney to review our lease and to make a long story short, drafted a letter to the landlord and many items that we were worried about got fixed. Because of the past experience with Pro-Bono, when I heard of their legal check up program, I jumped right in and submitted an application to become part of the program. The initial interview with two attorneys really opened my eyes on our companies documents. There was a great deal of gray area in items ranging from our Articles of incorporation all the way to simple items such as Volunteer Waiver forms. With the help of an entire team of attorneys, we were able to restructure and resubmit all of our organizations documents. Because of the many problems that we had, at one time I think that I had seven different attorneys working with me. This became a little confusing, but I have never turned down free help. I don’t know how Rachel Spears managed to gather so many attorneys that were willing to provide their personal time to assist non-profit organizations, or how Laura Burk managed to hold it all together, but they did. I would like to thank each and every attorney and staff that have assisted Disability Resource Center in this quest to improve.”
Bob McGarry, Executive Director

About Disability Resource Center:

Disability Resource Center (DRC) is a 501(c)(3) private, non-profit organization that is committed to providing an array of services to assist individuals with disabilities to live independently, pursue meaningful goals, and have the same opportunities and choices as all persons. DRC was established in 1996 to meet the need for a resource and empowerment center for people with disabilities in Northeast Georgia. DRC is linked with a reputable national network of Centers for Independent Living, which has been functioning since 1984 to assist and empower people with disabilities in becoming independent. DRC serves as a resource center for thirteen Northeast Georgia counties and their residents.

Legal Assistance Provided by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta:

  • Understanding rights under lease agreement
  • Revising articles of incorporation, and bylaws
  • Establishing board policies and procedures, including a document retention policy and financial policies
  • Drafting a volunteer agreement/waiver including a background check provision
  • Classifying workers
  • Reviewing and revising employee policies
  • Trademarking name and logo

Additionally, Culture Connect participated in one of Pro Bono Partnership’s Nonprofit Legal Check-Up.