At the core of our Center services are our education and engagement opportunities for you and your family. We provide a variety of ways to get you even more plugged in to the issues in our community and ways to make a greater impact through your giving.
Annual Center for Family Philanthropy Seminar
Each year, members of the Center for Family Philanthropy are invited to attend an educational session specifically focused on engaging families in philanthropy. Previous speakers have included Charles Collier, author of Wealth in Families, and Kathleen Wiseman and Virginia Esposito, President of the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
We offer customized training for the next generation to get them involved at a young age understanding the value and joy of philanthropy. Planet Philanthropy engages young people ages six through 15 in a full-day workshop for each age group to explore grantmaking and service. We offer a guidebook for Planet Philanthropy to be used by young people who are interested in making a difference in their community. Click here to download the Giving Guide.
Participants work in teams discussing themes around community issues, what philanthropy means and how nonprofits work. Prior to the workshop, several nonprofits submit proposals for the Planet Philanthropy participants’ consideration, and toward the end of the day each nonprofit presents before the group. Through a process of discussion and consensus-building the participants award grants totaling $6,500 to the selected nonprofits.
Engaging the Next Generation
While the majority of donors at The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta are above the age of 40, there are many fund advisors under the age of 40. Additionally, an increasing number of successor advisors, those donors who work with the fund when the original donor has passed, are part of the Next Generation—between the ages of 25 and 40. As Atlanta continues to attract greater numbers of young people, The Community Foundation, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and The Jewish Federation of Atlanta are collaborating to create a forum for the Next Generation to become involved and focus on issues of critical importance.
Other Educational Opportunities for All Donors
Throughout the course of each year, additional educational opportunities for donors are available. Previously, we have organized guided tours of The Atlanta BeltLine for our donors, and earlier this year we conducted a four-part series of seminars titled, Philanthropy and Faith with the Foundation Center.