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2020 Donors

Posted on February 18, 2021

Corporate Donors

Cornerstone Circle ($50,000+) Friends (In-Kind and Other Donations)
Morris, Manning & Martin Anonymous
The UPS Foundation BakerHostetler
Baker Donelson
Founder’s Circle ($25,000+) Balch & Bingham
Anonymous Ballard Spahr
Bank of America Foundation Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Charles M. & Mary D. Grant Foundation Cisco
Eversheds Sutherland Duane Morris
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton Equifax
King & Spalding Fisher Phillips
R. Howard Dobbs, Jr. Foundation Holland & Knight
The Coca-Cola Company Hunton Andrews & Kurth
The Hilda and Wilbur Glenn Family Foundation Junior League of Atlanta
The Home Depot McGuireWoods
The Vasser Woolley Foundation McKesson Foundation
Meunier Carlin & Curfman
Leadership Circle ($10,000+) Miller & Martin
Alston & Bird National Vision
AT&T Rogers & Hardin
DLA Piper Thompson Hine
Georgia Bar Foundation US Bank/Elavon
John and Mary Franklin Foundation
Ogletree Deakins
Pittulloch Foundation
Seyfarth Shaw
Southern Company Services
The Imlay Foundation
The Sartain Lanier Foundation
The Zeist Foundation
Troutman Pepper
WarnerMedia

 

Peach Circle ($5,000+)
Barnes & Thornburg
Bondurant Mixson & Elmore
Deloitte
Dentons
Federal Home Loan Bank
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Ford & Harrison
Littler Mendelson
Nelson Mullins
SiteOne Landscape Supply
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Southern Company Gas Foundation
Taylor English Duma
The GE Foundation

Individual and Client Donors 2020

Friends ($0 – $99)
Legacy Society ($2,000+) Kristie Abney
Anonymous Zina Age
Wayne Bradley Austin Alexander
Jared Brandman Douglas Ammar
Briley Brisendine & Elena Parent Marcia Atkins
Elizabeth Finn Johnson & Stuart Johnson Chris Balch
Ben & Michelle Garren Stewart Banner
Betsy & Daryl Griswold Justice Barber
Faith & Derrick Myers Jason Bernstein
Will & Tracey Ledbetter Aparna Bhattacharyya
Shane Nichols Mark Blitz
Happy & Cheri Perkins Janine Bowen
Tom & Olga Rawls Cass Brewer
Valerie Rusk Bernice Bronson
Louise Sams Mark Burnette
Sober Living America Wade Buser
Bruce Wanamaker Randy Cadenhead & Debbie Segal
Jessica Caldas
Happy Perkins Society ($1,000 – $1,999) CASA Paulding
Carolyn Zander Alford Clay Churchill
Bruce Baber Laura Coats
David Balser Crosswalk Ministries
Marshall Barton Michael Daniels
Michael Betz Debbie Day
Thomas Bishop Rony Delgarde
Virginia Carron Diane Domit
Jeffrey Cashdan Suzanne Dow
Juliana & Anthony Chaidez Tashwanda Dixon
Halli Cohn Kia Dolby
Anne Cox-Johnson Eric Dusenbury
Dara DeHaven Joan Dwoskin
Kirk Domescik Reiko Feaver
Mindy & Curtis Doster David Felfoldi
Scott Edwards Linda Fetter
Empowerment Resource Center Eliese Fisher
Bill Ewing Kerry Flett
John Fleming Jules Frauenhofer & Pedro Lara
Creighton Frommer Annie Frazer
Geoff Frost Grace Fricks
Brian Galison Zach Geisler
Evan Harvey Kristina Griffin
Robert Hays Dolph Goldenburg
Sally & Neal Patton Gail Gunnells
Josh Kamin Habitat for Humanity of Hall County
Jim Kerr Becca Hallum
Tricia Kinney Jeff Handler
John Koenig Jimia Head
Frank Landgraff Andy & Cass Hepburn
Eric Larson Louis Herrera
Kristen McGuffey Kate Hewitt
John Mills Anna Holcombe
Kara Ong Darren & Stacey Horst
Rahul Patel Brent Houk
Bill Roche Orrin Hudson
Curtis Romig Lola Ibitoye
Alan & Meg Rosselot Alice Eason Jenkins
Ryan Schneider William Jenkins
Ellen Samuels & Lee Kellogg Amy Jensen
Anu Seam Alesia Johnson
Michael Smith Cindi Johnson
Kathy Solley Mary Jones
Rachel Spears Rainie Jueschke
David Steele Melanie Kagan
Bryan & Courtney Stillwagon Paul Kiehl
Phyllis Sumner Monica Khant
Janet Taylor Sally Kimel-Sheppard
Keith Townsend Sarah Koch
Darcy White Matthew Kyle
Angie Woo Andrew Ladd
Shamieka Lane
Advocate ($500 – $999) Ashley Lee
Valerie Barney Carole Loftin
Guinevere Christmann Charlene Love
Matthew Clarke Laura Lowery
Carol Collard Alfred Lurey
Robert Curylo Roberta Malavenda
Kelsey Donnalley Jason Martin
Art Gambill Ellen Padesky Maturen
Neil Ginn Gary Marshall
Corey Goerdt Ian Maxwell
Anna Grant Frances McBrayer
Gwinnett Senior Learning Center Amy McCullough
Edward Head Lee Anne McGaha
Healing 4 Heroes Ann Mingledorff
Marty Heller Stephanie Mitchell
Philip & Melinda Holladay Frances Morton
James Johnson Mothers Raising Sons
Jeff-Audry Joseph John Murray
Larry Kahn Megan Myers
Alexandra & Corbin Kennelly Wesley Myrick
Andy Koelz Charles Nalbone
Jamie Konn David Neal
Michael Lee Dorothea Norman
Tiffany Lloyd Jonathan Nussbaum
Marilyn Pink Maureen O’Brien
Shola Omojokun Yoo-Sun Park
Kara Specht Helen & John Parker
Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta Shelley Parnes
Erica Svoboda Vivek Patel
Julie Young Andrea Pendleton
Jonathan Picard
Contributor ($250 – $499) Scott Porter
Anonymous Donald Prather
Brannon Anthony Ari B. H. Rahim
Adam Balthrop Kaveh Rashidi
Shannon Baxter Guanming Ray
Brooke Belisle Michele Ritan
Debbie Brilling Erinn Robinson
Ashleigh Chapman Leanne Rubenstein
Patrick Coyle Anne Sapp
Marianna Faircloth Thomas Schroeder
Benjamin & Robin Fink Lara Sevener
Anne Gerry Lori Shapiro
Sireesha & Praveen Ghanta Stan & Cheryl Shapiro
Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett Beau Sides
John Griffee Amy Sol
Jennifer Guynn Andi Smith
Nedom Haley Franke Smith
Ashley Halfman Kenita Smith
Ron Harlow Lisa Smith
Kimberly Holladay Ted Solley
Brian Holmes Kayla Stagnaro
Jason Howard Wendy Strassner
Heather Howdeshell Paul Thompson
Clay Howell Meaghan Timko
Jenna Lee Jill Thornton
Elizabeth Lester & Kenneth Kirschner Amy Vanvoris
Anita Kamenz Denise Ward
Jeffrey Kirsh Daniel Warren
Alina Lee Luther Washington
Charles Lester Brett Weed
Lilburn Cooperative Ministry Michele Wiesner
Wade & Kelly Malone Sue Wiggins
Catherine Mattingly Dov Wilker
Monique McDowell DeBorah Williams
Ann-Marie McGaughey Elizabeth Williams
Matt McGrath Jeffrey Williams
James Meadows Stacy Williams
Robyn Miller Chris York
Justin Milrad Kerry Yun
Jim Neal Jimmy Wilson
Hanish Patel Jillian Wrenn
Lee Peifer Melissa Yost
Timothy Phillips Allen Yee
Ami Rodrigues YNOTT Foundation
Andy Schneggenburger Randi Zelcer
Peggy & John Shepard
Toronda Silas
Katy Smallwood
Craig Steuterman
Robert Stone
Matt Strumph
Marion Tilson
Matthew Toddy
Rex Veal
Todd Williams
Holly York

Client Profile – Cool Girls, Inc. 

Posted on February 9, 2021

Cool Girls Event Prior to Pandemic

Founded by Dawn Smith in 1989 in response to the desperate plight of young girls living in the East Lake Meadows housing community, Cool Girls works to develop girls into confident women through education and exposure to a broad world of opportunities. Having served over 5000 girls in its 32 years of existence, Cool Girls has empowered these young girls to overcome obstacles in their way of becoming successful women.  

According to Executive Director Tanya Egins, the goal of Cool Girls is to work with girls living in lowincome areas to achieve academic success and build confidence to break cycles of poverty. She underscores the importance of creating a support system for the girls throughout their formative years. In light of this, all participants have an opportunity to be in the Cool Girls program from the time they are seven years old until they graduate from college.  

Cool Girls aims to achieve its goals through three core programs, Cool Girls Club, Cool Scholars and Cool Sisters. As their flagship initiative, the Cool Girls Club is a weekly after-school program for girls in 2nd to 8th grade. The program focuses on providing the girls social and emotional learning emphasizing communication, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, STEM and nutrition. Highschool girls participate in Cool Scholars, concentrating on college prep and college tours. The aim of the program is to increase their self-esteem and expose them to varied cultural opportunities that would otherwise be unavailable.  

Cool Girls Events Prior to Pandemic


Once
participants have been with the program for a year, they are then matched with a mentor through the Cool Sisters program. This program offers one-on-one mentoring and has matched over 1,000 Cool Girls with caring adult role models. These role models serve as positive influences in the lives of the girls and reinforce the program’s principles. These unique relationships provide motivation, inspiration, and life-long friendships for the young girls. The mentor becomes a person with whom they can share their troubles, receive advice and career guidance.  

Cool Girls has been a client of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta for over a decade. The organization has worked with many different PBPA volunteer attorneys including Destiny Washington (Ford Harrison), Jake Harris (King & Spalding), Ivor Longo (Coca-Cola Refreshments), Bob Nance (Insight Global), Kier Prince (Emory University) and Don Prather (Meunier Carlin & Curfman). Tanya Egins, Executive Director of Cool Girls believes “Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is so valuable to small organizations like Cool Girls. The workplace skills the volunteers provide are necessary for us to achieve the scale, sustainability and program delivery to the girls we serve and our community.” PBPA is privileged to support Cool Girls’ incredible and passionate work for the community.  

 

 

Do You Have Independent Contractors Who Are Actually Employees?

Posted on January 19, 2021

Just because you want to treat a worker as a contractor and you have an independent contractor agreement, it doesn’t mean that the US Department of Labor (the “DOL”) will agree with you. A worker you consider to be an independent contractor may actually be an employee, subject to minimum wage and overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The DOL recently issued guidance, due to go into effect on March 8, clarifying the DOL’s independent contractor test under the FLSA. Read more in this article

Reopening the Paycheck Protection Program Portal

Posted on January 13, 2021

The Small Business Administration (“SBA”) and the US Department of Treasury reopened the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) Loan Application portal this week to accept applications from borrowers that are applying for their first PPP loan, for modifications to their existing PPP loan, or for a second PPP loan. Only community financial institutions will be able to make PPP loans initially, and all participating lenders will be able to lend shortly thereafter. This article summarizes the SBA’s latest guidance on applying for a “first draw” or “second draw” PPP loan, including what is considered a “first draw” versus a “second draw” and the requirements for a “second draw” loan.

Form 1099-NEC Awareness Week

Posted on January 12, 2021

If your nonprofit hired contract workers prior to 2020, you reported their total earnings to the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in a Form 1099-MISC.  The IRS has introduced the Form 1099-NEC for the 2020 tax year, for reporting independent contractor income.  If your nonprofit hired a contract worker (including independent contractors, gig workers, or self-employed individuals) and paid that individual more than $600 in 2020, you must report their earnings in a Form 1099-NEC by February 1, 2021.  Read this article for more information about when to use a the Form 1099-NEC versus the Form-1099 MISC.

The IRS is even hosting awareness meetings January 12th and 14th for tax-exempt organizations to get familiar with the Form 1099-NEC.  Click here for information on dates, times and direct links to the IRS’ Zoom meetings this week.

A Year-End Update on COVID-19 and Employment Concerns for Your Nonprofit

Posted on December 21, 2020

This whirlwind of a year is coming to a close!  With it, some pandemic-related employment benefits are also coming to an end but the virtual workforce is not.  Read this article get an update on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and the latest CDC guidance on self-quarantining.  The article also covers important considerations if your remote workforce has moved out-of-state.

Paint Love

Posted on December 16, 2020

In the midst of the global pandemic, many client-facing organizations have struggled to maintain client engagement without in-person programming. Paint Love, however, has creatively adapted to new challenges and used the online shift to expand the reach of their work to empower kids through art.

Paint Love is an Atlanta-based nonprofit that partners with local artists, Title I schools, and other organizations to develop artist-led projects for kids facing trauma and poverty. These children may not otherwise have access to different forms of art. Since 2014, Paint Love has served over 10,000 youth with their projects that are specially formulated by trauma-informed standards. Artist partners have donated their skills in dozens of art forms including metalsmithing, jewelry design, glassblowing, sculpture, mural painting, graphic design, photography and more. In addition to visual arts, Paint Love recognizes the importance of all art forms and has also incorporated yoga, spoken word, slam poetry and writing into their programming.

Paint Love activities prior to pandemic

Laura Shaw, Executive Director of Paint Love, emphasizes the importance of promoting art as a method of healthy expression and as a coping strategy. According to her, “COVID-19 has increased the demand for stress-informed care because the pandemic has thrust a lot of kids, even those in stable homes, into some level of uncertainty.” Paint Love has adapted with the changing environment and has begun to offer resources on their website which can be downloaded at home. Besides art project guides with instructions for different at-home projects, Paint Love also offers resources to help caregivers in promoting healthy expression through art. “We’ve had a unique opportunity to focus on a different growth path and to expand our reach to help people use art to cope with the stress of the pandemic,” Laura states, noting that Paint Love recently developed a curriculum based on the work of Black artists which was downloaded in fifteen states and five different countries.

 

In-person painting projects prior to pandemic

Paint Love has been a client of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta since 2014 and worked with volunteer attorneys including Ryan Schneider of Troutman Pepper LLP, Ashley Heggi of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Ted Solley of Moser Law Co. Gaylon Hollis of Ballard Spahr, Eric Reynolds of Jones Day,  Joe Freeman of  Cox Enterprises and Candace Rodriguez of Home Depot, have helped Paint Love navigate a wide variety of legal questions. “We’re very thankful for the partnership. So many weird things come up running a nonprofit and it’s been such an asset to be able to draw from the knowledge and connections at Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta” Laura adds. For more information on the resources Paint Love provides, visit gopaintlove.org.

 

LEGAL ALERT: Federal Contractors Beware – New Executive Order Limits Diversity Training by Federal Contractors, Subcontractors, and Grant Recipients

Posted on October 13, 2020

UPDATED JANUARY 20, 2021: The executive order discussed below has been rescinded.

New Executive Order 13950 was issued on October 7, 2020, that, among other things, instructs government contracting agencies to add provisions to government contracts prohibiting the use of any workplace training “that inculcates in its employees any form of race or sex stereotyping or any form of race or sex scapegoating.” In addition to prohibiting employment training that implicates race or sex stereotyping, “scapegoating” or “divisive concepts” like unconscious bias, the new order implements new notice and posting requirements; instructs the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) to create a complaint hotline for violations of the order; and instructs the OFCCP to initiate a process for collecting employee training materials and related information used by contractors relating to diversity and inclusion efforts. Please see this article from Venable LLC explaining the Executive Order, and this article from Venable LLC which discusses the recent guidance issued by the OFCCP on implementing this Executive Order.

Despite the fact that portions of this Executive Order may violate First Amendment protections and be inconsistent with other existing laws and regulations, failure to comply with it could result in severe consequences for nonprofits that contract with or receive grants from the Federal government. Nonprofit organizations that are federal contractors, subcontractors or grant recipients should revisit any training they are providing in light of the requirements imposed by the Executive Order.

UPDATE ON January 19, 2020

Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Halts Enforcement of Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

In response to the December 22, 2020 preliminary injunction of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoining enforcement of Executive Order (“EO”) 13950, Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping, previously discussed here, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) issued a Notice Regarding Executive Order 13950, suspending both the enforcement of, and collection of information under, EO 13950. In that Notice, the OFCCP indicated that it will shut down the hotline, cease investigating allegations of noncompliance, refrain from posting any additional Requests for Information, and suspend enforcement of the contract clauses listed in Section 4(a) of the EO.

New Georgia Law Provides Some Protection for Nonprofits and Health Care Providers from Covid-related liability

Posted on August 6, 2020

Georgia has enacted a law that provides immunity from certain civil lawsuits that may arise in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Georgia COVID-19 Pandemic Business Safety Act (the “Act”) contains sweeping provisions that will provide much needed peace of mind during these uncertain times. However, there are important limitations to the Act’s reach that your nonprofit should consider before relying upon its protections. Read this article to learn more about the protection provided by the Act.

The Latest on Loan Forgiveness under Paycheck Protection Program

Posted on July 1, 2020

Updated on August 5, 2020

Small nonprofits that have received money under the CARES Act Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) will want to take advantage of the loan forgiveness provisions. This article summarizes the factors a small nonprofit should consider to maximize its loan forgiveness using the latest information available. In addition, this article discusses the newly released loan forgiveness applications and process.