Monday, October 15, 2018


What is the GIVE Atlanta Challenge?

After a successful first year, Atlanta magazine is proud to bring back the GIVE Atlanta Challenge, an online fundraising opportunity for philanthropic organizations to engage with the Atlanta community and share their story with local audiences. Beginning October 16, we are asking you, our loyal readers, to make a donation—no matter how large or small—to one or more of the 24 participating nonprofit causes or to the GIVE Atlanta Challenge as a whole.

Visit to help the 24 participating nonprofits compete in a friendly online competition to see who can raise the most money by November 16. The nonprofits keep the money they raise through each donation and compete to win additional cash grants—all totaling $40,000. The organizations are doing exceptional work in our city; find one that inspires you and give Atlanta!

Participation is closed for the 2018 GIVE Atlanta Challenge period. For more information on how to become a participating nonprofit in next year’s challenge, please contact

Give Atlanta 2018 Stories

Trees Atlanta

Saving the city in the forest

Lush greenery softens the edges of Atlanta when viewing the city from a plane, from the upper floors of its many new high-rises, and even on the big screen in the many films for which Atlanta serves as the backdrop. On the ground, the reality of Atlanta’s unbounded development comes sharply into focus.

Big names, big giving

One of Atlanta’s most famous sons, Martin Luther King Jr., once said, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” Decades later, thousands of Atlantans volunteer, raise funds, and donate to causes. You don’t have to look far to find local celebrities—from rock star chefs and business moguls—who leverage their fame for good.

How Furkids makes a difference in the lives of cats, dogs, and the community

In the fall of 2001, Samantha Shelton looked out her kitchen window and realized she had houseguests. The visitors—a gray mother cat and her three small kittens—trekked through the yard and settled on the deck of her Buckhead home.
Hugh Acheson

Products with Purpose: Make a difference when you purchase these local goods

Meet needs across the city—and around the globe—with these handmade and hot items.

Breaking the chain

An eclectic and energetic mix of groups are joining forces to combat a common opponent: sex trafficking in metro Atlanta. Nonprofits, faith-based organizations, elected officials, government agencies, law enforcement, and volunteers are using the buildup to next year’s Super Bowl to boost awareness and attack a problem that plagues the area.

Give Atlanta 2018 Nonprofits

American Cancer Society

Atlanta Habitat for Humanity

Best Friends Animal Society

Camp Kudzu

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


Christian City

CiDrep SickKids Foundation

The Empty Stocking Fund

Foster Care Support Foundation


Gateway Center

Giving Kitchen

Georgia Public Broadcasting

Hemophilia of Georgia

Hillside Atlanta

Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

Jekyll Island Foundation

Jewish Home Life Communities

The Junior League of Atlanta

Mercy Housing Southeast

Murphy-Harpst Children’s Centers

The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Co

Skyland Trail

Visiting Nurse Health System

YMCA of Metro Atlanta


October 13, 2018 – McKenna Farms Fall Festival
Join McKenna Farms for the 14th annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 13th from 11am-4pm. This day of family-friendly fun includes live music, pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, hay rides, food, crafts, and games! It’s also an important fundraiser for the farm’s therapeutic programs for children with special needs. $10 entry fee; children 2 and under are free. Pony rides, cake walk, and food are available for an additional purchase.

For more info, visit or call (770) 443-9672.

October 19, 2018 – Cheer for Children Ball 2018
The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy’s 23rd Annual Cheer for Children—Masquerade Ball to Help Unmask Child Abuse will be held on October 19, 2018 at Foundry at Puritan Mill.

The evening will include exciting live entertainment from the Maxx Band, extraordinary chef stations from the Atlanta Culinary Federation, and one-of-a-kind silent and live auction packages. Funds raised through the auction will help support our core programs and our mission to champion the needs of sexually and severely physically abused children, as well as those who have witnessed violence. With over 400 influential business professionals and local philanthropists attending this event each year, you won’t want to miss out on this preeminent event.

Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets here!

October 21, 2018 – Camp Twin Lakes’ Spin For Kids
Join Camp Twin Lakes on Sunday, October 21 for the 13th annual Spin For Kids at the Rutledge campsite (1391 Keencheefoonee Road, Rutledge, GA 30663). Spin For Kids is Camp Twin Lakes’ annual fundraising bike ride that helps provide life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, or other life challenges. The ride offers six scenic road routes ranging from five to 100 miles, and 100% of the funds raised by Spin For Kids riders support Camp Twin Lakes’ mission. After crossing the finish line, riders enjoy delicious food and live music back at camp.

Register online or donate to a participating individual/team here!

November 2, 2018 – 2nd Annual American Patriots Gala
Join Hire Heroes USA for their 2nd Annual American Patriots Gala, an evening dedicated to honoring the men and women who are serving and have served, and to helping them find great careers when they become civilians. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit transitioning U.S. military members, veterans, and military spouses in their job search.

Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets here!

November 6, 2018 – The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Command Annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon
The Salvation Army Metro Atlanta Area Command’s annual Doing the Most Good Luncheon recognizes the organization’s key partners in Atlanta’s corporate and faith communities and honors its individual leadership volunteers. Emmy® Award winning sportscaster Ernie Johnson will deliver this year’s keynote address, and Atlanta-based Gas South will be honored for its longstanding partnership with The Salvation Army.

Learn more about the event here!

November 17, 2018 – Ian’s Friends Foundation’s Evening of Inspiration
On Saturday, November 17, join the 11th annual Evening of Inspiration to support Ian’s Friends Foundation, a local nonprofit that funds innovative research, leading to groundbreaking therapies and cures for pediatric brain tumors so that more children will survive. Funds raised at the Evening of Inspiration strengthen the organization’s mission to support pediatric brain tumor research projects at world-renowned institutions across the U.S. The gala, held at the Intercontinental Hotel Buckhead, welcomes approximately 600 guests each year committed to this important cause. Throughout the evening, guests will enjoy delicious food and exciting silent and live auction items.

Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets here!

December 14, 2018 – CiDrep SickKids 2018 Black-Tie Dinner and Ball
One of CiDrep SickKids largest fundraisers for the foundation, this black-tie dinner and ball is not to be missed. The evening begins with music, cocktails, an hors-d’oeuvre reception, and a silent auction; followed by appetizers and dinner, a special guest speaker, a live auction, and dancing!

Supporters and special guests of the black-tie dinner and ball will give hope to thousands of children and their families by supporting CiDrep SickKids’ mission to make every child get well and feel comfortable through difficult times. Proceeds will help fund equipment, medications, therapy, medical devices, and surgeries for treating critically ill and injured children. Join the fight for the care and well-being of sick children!

Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets here!

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As part of our GIVE Atlanta campaign, Atlanta magazine publishes Give Atlanta magazine, a guide to charitable giving in Atlanta. Check out our 2018 issue!