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Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta Inc

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Causes: Crime & Law, Legal Services

Mission: To provide pro bono opportunities to transactional attorneys at corporations and law firms by matching them with nonprofits in need of free legal services.

Results: Since our launch in late 2005, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has assisted over 800 nonprofit organizations with over 6,000 different legal matters. Over 3,000 attorneys have volunteered their services to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta clients. In 2016 alone, the direct legal services provided to nonprofit organizations by our volunteer attorneys were valued at over $4.5 million.

Target demographics: nonprofits

Direct beneficiaries per year: 216 nonprofit organizations

Geographic areas served: Greater Atlanta Area

Programs: free legal services and educational resources.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is integral to providing legal services to the charitable community in Georgia. I began volunteering 10 years ago. Professional while humble, this organization has been leading the Atlanta Bar's efforts to transform the delivery of services to those organizations trying to change the world for the better.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has walked our organization around so many potential pitfalls over the years. We feel like Lori, Robin and Lola have become part of our team. PBPA's expert advice enables us to focus on our work without constantly worrying about noncompliance issues or unnecessary liability. We can't thank them enough!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Empowerment Resource Center (ERC) was introduced to PBPA out of a need for legal assistance with a breached contract. As a nonprofit organization, ERC never fathomed having a budget line items for legal assistance. Within a matter of months, our board realized that our relationship with PBPA is an integral part of our infrastructure and sustainability efforts. There is no way that we could have afforded the types and level of legal expertise to which we have had access. Now, we are beginning to wonder just how we've gotten this far without them.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our organization (dreamwarriorsfoundation.org) has been working with ProBono since the start of 2019. We have been wildly impressed with the level of attention and care extended to us in our inaugural year of operation. They have helped us with everything from start-up type legal advice to coaching us through our board selections and bi-law writing process. We are so relieved that the professionals who volunteer at ProBono are always courteous, qualified and true leaders in their fields of law, not to mention they are humble and down to earth. We would highly recommend their partnership to all Atlanta non-profits.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has been extremely helpful in assisting my nonprofit become legally sound and stable. They've been knowledgeable on all subjects we've needed assistance with and extremely friendly in the process. We've enjoyed working with all partnering attorneys and firms.

Rainiej

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA) has been an essential partner for Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD). PBPA was there to help us grow from our founding to governance stage as we built up our board of directors and strengthened our operations. With their help we were able to put strong policies and procedures in place to ensure transparency. This has been a critical in our ability to attract new funders and increase our services to improve health outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

ISDD may be a small organization, but thanks to PBPA, we have a legal team at our disposal that is on par with any of our larger organizational peers. The fact of the matter is, I don't know where we would be today without PBPA. I am grateful to every donor and volunteer who supports them and makes it possible for them to strengthen organizations like ISDD so that we may do good in the community.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As chair person of a very small nonprofit in Atlanta, GA, we have already benefited immensely from the services of PBPATL. They have assisted us in tightening up our waiver agreements and employee handbook. The attorneys we meet with are efficient, friendly, and spot-on. The website and newsletter are also very helpful - especially the webcasts. PBPATL is becoming my "go to" resource for the business of a non-profit.

Christina C.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

ProBono Partnership of Atlanta has helped our organization get answers to countless questions over the years. We don't know what we would do without them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve volunteered as a lawyer with PBPA for over 10 years and now also serve on the Advisory Committee. I love that PBPA makes it so easy for transactional attorneys to find meaningful pro bono work by finding and screening worthwhile nonprofit organizations with clearly identified needs. Every PBPA client I’ve worked with has been incredibly grateful, cooperative, and invested in our projects. As a bonus, I have learned a lot about the amazing work being done in our community by organizations I never otherwise would have come across. As a member of the Advisory Committee I appreciate that PBPA is extremely well run with an exceptional staff of talented and committed people.

Bernice B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are extremely grateful for the support we received from Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, Inc. We were matched with lawyers to review our organizations tutoring documents to ensure that we were operating our program appropriately. Words can not express how appreciative we were for this support! As a small non profit it would be difficult to pay for such services.

They are always prompt, professional and friendly. Pro Bono is a great group to have on a nonprofit's team!


1 John D.5

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Chairman of the Board of St, Jude's Recovery Center, I cannot thank you enough for the outstanding assistance that your organization has provided to our team. We operate on a very tight budget and having your volunteers handle matters that we have been unable to address has lifted loads off of our shoulders. We are so appreciative of the willingness and expertise that has been available to us. Atlanta is so fortunate to have the Pro Bono Partnership. Thank you so very much. John Dryman

Brian H.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

TRULY EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

The Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has been a big part of allowing our Nonprofit to continue to raise the bar of expectations of our clients and the level of service we provide. The professionalism of the Staff of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, especially Robyn Miller and the volunteer Lawyers is unmatched. We especially value the Legal Checkups that help ensure we remain well protected from legal entanglements. The regular training events offer ways for us to stay up to speed on changes in laws and best practices for Nonprofits.

The Pro Bono Partnership's guidance helps all Nonprofits be their very best and they remain the backbone of legal support for all Nonprofits in the Atlanta area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is loaded with extremely knowledgeable and experienced talent, and I have received their wise council on multiple occasions. Our non-profit has received the highest level of advice in multiple areas of law and even in multiple states. We had tax issues with having 2 books published, and Robyn Miller was brilliant in directing us around the tax laws which came into play to assure us that the proceeds from the book sales would go directly to the non-profit for whom the books were written. Also, there was a non-performance issue with a contract for marketing the books, and the other party was in Boston. Robyn use her network and acquired the services of a local attorney in Boston to help move our issue forward.

When hiring a new employee, our non-profit wanted to have certainty that our job description would meet the FLSA requirements, so I reached out to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta again. I am very thankful that Robyn Miller assisted us again and gave us invaluable advise on the working of the document. Also, she reached out to another local attorney that deals with FLSA more often than Robyn does, and we received additional direction from Robyn's contact. This document was far better written thanks to their help, and I have confidence that it will accomplish our goal for having the person in the role outlined with the job description as a salaried employee, not an hourly employee.

It would be impossible for our tiny non-profit to have afforded the amazing services provided to us by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. The team there has invited us to fantastic classes, provided great follow up and support, and continue to offer advice and information for the challenges we face as a non-profit. Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has consistently exceeded my expectations and it has always been a pleasure in working with them! Thanks Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The greatest Pro-bono story REDEEMED ever told. Rachel Shears, tell Steve "You are incredible Steve" Thank you so much for your hard work on this ( REDEEMED WELL PIP LINE PROJECT) Steven Kennedy | Partner | Seyfarth Shaw LLP, STEVE he replies, AS OF TODAY WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO GET A SPECIAL MASTER TO PROCEED WITH THIS TRANSACTION, But the Next Day Steve did find a retired real estate Lawyer " Steve email I’ve found a special master who will serve us. He would charge for serving in that role. not only did Steve find a Lawyer, but one who charged REDEEMED less than half of the estimated amount
' look at God "He brought a Lawyer out of retirement to do it
#wonthedoit #praisethelord #givethanks #probonopartnership #onelove

Client Served

Rating: 5

Global Village Project, Inc. is a nonprofit serving refugee teenage girls in the Atlanta area. We operate an all-day academic program for girls with limited English and formal schooling and a mentoring program for our graduates as they navigate high school and college. Our organization has seen tremendous growth over the past 5 years, and thankfully we had Pro Bono Partnership to guide us through the legal aspects of and issues associated with a growing and changing nonprofit. They provided us with a thorough legal check-up and then connected us with amazing legal professionals to walk us through the process of review and refinement. We are deeply grateful for the team of knowledgeable and committed professionals at Pro Bono and all the talented attorneys they engaged in helping us. Thanks to them, Global Village Project is growing strong in year 10, and we look forward to making a powerful difference in the lives of these refugee young women for another decade. THANK YOU!

TeamMaggie

Board Member

Rating: 5

Team Maggie For A Cure is grateful to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta for putting all the paperwork in place from the beginning for our non profit. All of the attorneys we have spoken with have been very knowledgeable, experts in their field and dedicated to helping others. Pro Bono Partnership has given us a great foundation to start on from bylaws and conflict of interest to waivers and an understanding of the medical privacy laws that effect us. Thank you for getting us started on the right path Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Certified Paralegal. My work is in all areas of the law. I contacted this organization regarding a very important legal issue. They provided me with all that I needed to complete the legal issue I was working. They are super in my book. You do not have enough stars to give to the organization. Again thank you so much.

Michael426

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free legal advice!!!! Something all non-profits can benefit from!

1 Anisa P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great resource for our nonprofit- thank you so much!
www.IWillSurviveInc.org

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. No matter is too large or too small. Believe me, we've thrown some unique legal issues their way and they've really stepped up and rose to the challenge. The most notable case was an immigration issue with one of our staff members that took an entire EIGHT YEARS to resolve. No one would expect an organization, much less, a volunteer attorney and her staff, to stick with a case that extensive. But they did! And did it gladly and we felt like we were treated like a regular paying client (I can't even imagine what the legal costs would have been - certainly not something that a small nonprofit or its employee could afford.) We cannot say enough about the work they do. It's a vital resource for the nonprofit community in Atlanta.