Donor Events

When it comes to philanthropy, there’s a lot to learn…and a lot to celebrate.

Ignite Your Passion for Philanthropy

Throughout the year, the Community Foundation hosts a variety of events designed to educate, engage and inspire donors like you. You’ll discover opportunities to learn more about giving, as well as issues specific to the Atlanta region. These events inspire, connect you to the knowledgeable resources of the Foundation and give you the chance to share ideas and experiences with other donors. We hope you’ll join us.

To learn more about these or other upcoming donor events, please contact your philanthropic officer. And kindly remember that donor events are open only to fund advisors of the Community Foundation, their families and those with planned gifts.

To register for an event, please contact:

Kasey Brinson
Special Events Coordinator

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Joy of Philanthropy: An Evening with James Kane

Thursday, April 27, 2017
6 – 9 p.m.
Atlanta Botanical Garden – Day Hall

Where does your sense of purpose come from? Adjunct Harvard and Wharton lecturer James Kane will harness his 40 years of research to lead you through a compelling evening of understanding what it means to be loyal and how and why it is a part of our nature. By combining the latest research in neurology, anthropology and behavioral psychology with 100,000 years of human evolution, James will help you harness the power of purpose to inspire positive change. Learn more about James at

Impact and Investment Briefing

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Noon – 2 p.m.
Alston & Bird LLP

Calling all who like numbers – with a twist! Join us for a deep dive over lunch into the Community Foundation’s investment performance over the last year. Michael Miller, managing director of Colonial Consulting and the Foundation’s investment consultant, will facilitate an informative conversation about the Foundation’s Investment Pool and its impact on your fund within the current economic climate. As a special variation this year, experience a taste of how investment of your fund and grants can result in community impact through our focused Impact Areas: Arts, Community Development, Education, Nonprofit Effectiveness and Well-being. We’ll also take an inside look at the development of the Foundation’s new impact investing initiative that will be launched in 2018.

Planet Philanthropy

Saturday, August 26, 2017
9 a.m. – Noon
Fernbank Museum of Natural History

We heard you. Planet Philanthropy maintains the same name, but the event is expanding into a full program! There’s something for every age group – our donors littlest children and grandchildren will roar with the dinosaurs and explore Fernbank while their older siblings learn age appropriate lessons about the importance of giving time, talent and treasure. Stay tuned for full details regarding the newly designed Planet Philanthropy!

Jeffrey Fashion Cares

Monday, August 28, 2017
7 – 10 p.m.
Phipps Plaza

In its 25th year, Jeffrey Fashion Cares, the trend-setting Atlanta fundraiser, has grown into one of the largest combined AIDS and breast cancer benefits in the country. Purchase a ticket to the runway show of the season and join fellow Community Foundation donors for this fashion spectacular, with proceeds going to our Atlanta AIDS Fund.

Jeffrey Fashion Cares is a fundraising event and as such, the Community Foundation cannot offer complimentary tickets. Join fellow donors and purchase tickets at (Note: Event tickets may not be purchased from your fund.)

Center for Family Philanthropy

The Unexpected Gift; a conversation with Ginny Esposito and Elizabeth Carlock Phillips

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:30 – 9 p.m.
High Museum of Art

What does it mean to truly engage multiple generations in family philanthropy? Hear from Ginny Esposito, president of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, and Elizabeth Carlock Phillips, of the Phillips Foundation, as they talk about trends, best practices and innovative ways the next generation is shaping and strengthening family philanthropy.

Trees Atlanta

Saturday, October 21, 2017
9 a.m. – noon
Morningside Nature Preserve

Trees Atlanta is one of our 2017 Managing for Excellence Award recipients. See what this vital organization does first-hand in a day of service for our donors at Morningside Nature Preserve. Your family will have fun planting trees, weeding and helping with tree care. All ages are welcome!

No prior experience is necessary – Trees Atlanta will teach you what to do. Volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Physical activity such as bending, lifting and digging with a shovel is required.

National Philanthropy Day

Thursday, November 9, 2017
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Georgia Aquarium – Oceans Ballroom

Join 1,200 philanthropists across the region celebrating generosity, passion and impact with this annual event acknowledging Atlanta’s heritage of giving. In its 34th year, we honor the volunteer fundraiser of the year and the philanthropist of the year. Don’t miss this empowering, inspiring luncheon showcasing the power of Atlantans working together to improve the quality of life in our region.

The Community Foundation is proud to be the title sponsor of the National Philanthropy Day celebration. A limited number of complimentary seats are available for our donors. To reserve yours, contact your philanthropic officer.

Building the balance sheet: Understanding nonprofit capitalization

Thursday, November 16, 2017
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

In recent years, capitalization has emerged as an innovative strategy for thoughtful and impactful grantmaking. But this essential building block of organizational health is often misunderstood. What is capitalization? How does it contribute to the strength and future of a nonprofit? Any why should donors examine a nonprofit’s financial health when considering a gift?

In this interactive and exclusive session for our donors who are interested in supporting the long-term health of nonprofits, Rebecca Thomas will explore the concept of capitalization as a management best practice. She will dispel common myths about money and business strategies that can undermine organizations. Participants will learn the best practices for evaluating organizations and leave with a better understanding of how to diagnose a nonprofit’s financial challenges and communicate capitalization strategies.

Opportunistic Events

In addition to the events listed above, we’ll be offering a selection of opportunistic events throughout the year. From intimate donor dinners focused on a specific issue to classes on new philanthropic trends, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

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