In 2001, we were a team of six. 20 years later, we’ve grown into a collaborative team of 50. This growth means more services, greater reach, and a higher quality of care — but it also requires more funding.
The pandemic shifted our fundraising approach from in-person fundraisers to digital campaigns and virtual events. Despite the challenges, our community came together to raise more than $1 million for our 2020 Annual Campaign. Because of your generosity, we’ve expanded our team, doubled our recurring donors, and provided more free legal and social services to low-income Atlantans than ever before.
Our 2020 Grantors
Administrative Office of the Courts (in partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid Society) • AEC Trust* • Annie E. Casey Foundation* • Anonymous • Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation • Atlanta Partners for Education* • Bank of America Charitable Foundation • Bobbie Bailey Foundation, Inc.* • Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta • Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta – Donor Advised Fund • Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta – Spark Opportunity Donor Circle* • Cousins Family Foundation* • Criminal Justice Coordinating Council • DLA Piper Foundation* • Emory University Philanthropic Lab* • Georgia Bar Foundation • HouseATL • Humana • Ida Alice Ryan Foundation • Jones Day Foundation • Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc. • Kendeda Fund • Kresge Foundation • Liz Blake Giving Fund • Mailchimp • Mary Allen Lindsey Branan Foundation • May P. & Francis L. Abreu Charitable Trust • Misty Meadows Foundation* • Morgens West Foundation* • Office on Violence Against Women • Partners for HOME • Purpose Built Schools • PwC • RentPath Gives Back • Rich Foundation, Inc • Sartain Lanier Family Foundation* • Stadium Neighborhoods Community Trust Fund • Tull Charitable Foundation • United Way of Greater Atlanta • United Way of Greater Atlanta/City of Atlanta CARES Act Fund* • United Way of Greater Atlanta/Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund* • W.G. Raoul Foundation • WellCare • Wells Fargo Foundation • Westside Future Fund • Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation*
*denotes grants dedicated to COVID-19 assistance
Arthur M. Blank
In 2020, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation made an investment in the Safe & Stable Families Project to ensure that seamless service continued to survivors of intimate partner abuse. Thanks to continued support from the Blank Family Foundation, survivors can get legal help, safety planning, longer-term financial assistance, and other resources from our staff without ever having to leave their home.
The Blank Family Foundation’s support helps our Standing with Survivors Program provide comprehensive mobile advocacy for survivors of intimate partner abuse throughout the pandemic. This funding allows us to coordinate with partner organizations, law enforcement, and the Courts to immediately respond to crisis situations and help survivors get the protection they deserve.
Check out some of our impact stories below.
Paying Rent for an Uninhabitable Home
Angel Moved into her apartment and noticed a terrible smell right away. The Housing Authority came out to inspect the property multiple times. They suggested that she move.
Another Illegal Eviction Averted
John already had serious health problems which required surgeries and nurse home visits before his issues with his home began. But the nurses refused to keep coming for home visits because of hazardous conditions at his property.
Financial information is from the unaudited year end 2020 financials.
Epiq’s Diversity and Inclusion
Committee launched the
Epiq Kids Technology Initiative
Epiq, a global leader in the legal services industry, recognized that students living and attending schools in low income communities experienced severe disruption in their educational continuity due to COVID-19. Remote learning requirements and the lack of accessible technology created unique challenges. The Epic Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Committee decided their first Community Outreach program would focus on connecting students with the vital technology they need to continue their education.
The D&I Committee partnered with AVLF and identified Thomasville Heights Elementary, Slater Elementary, Price Middle School and Carver STEAM High School as the first Epiq Kids Technology Initiative recipients. The funding provided the following for students and teachers:
- Chromebooks with headsets
- Desktop computers and monitors for computer labs
- Color printers
- Laptops for teachers
- Covers for Chromebooks, backpacks and/or computer bags for students and teachers
In order for the initiative to be successful each student also needed access to the internet. AVLF’s partner, Purpose Built Schools Atlanta, worked with Comcast to pay for families’ in-home internet under the Internet Essentials Program. Comcast also agreed to waive past debts due during the pandemic to allow access. This program combined with the Epiq Kids Technology Initiative ensured the students of the Thomasville Heights neighborhoods had the necessary technology to support their education.
For this effort, Epiq committed an $80,000 donation for the purchase of technology and asked the community to join them in this effort. Excess funds to cover these items were donated to AVLF in support of social justice efforts and the students of the Carver Cluster.
Chromebooks, headsets, cases & backpacks
desktops for an in-person lab
donated by EPIQ