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Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta Inc

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Causes: Crime & Law, Legal Services

Mission: To strengthen our community by engaging volunteer attorneys to provide nonprofits with business legal services.

Results: Since our launch in late 2005, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has assisted over 950 nonprofit organizations with over 7,000 different legal matters. Over 3,300 attorneys have volunteered their services to Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta clients. In 2018 alone, the direct legal services provided to nonprofit organizations by our volunteer attorneys were valued at over $4.2 million.

Target demographics: nonprofits

Direct beneficiaries per year: 237 nonprofit organizations

Geographic areas served: Greater Atlanta Area

Programs: free business legal services and educational resources.

Community Stories

99 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The services provided by the Pro Bono Partnership are exemplary. Our agency was assisted in developing the needed contracts for the services my Non-Profit Organization needed to run our organization in a sound fiscally accountable manner. The educational forums are excellent and much needed. I would recommend all who can take advantage of their services to do so. I encourage sponsors to continue to support the Pro Bono Partnership services. They are much need and appreciated by us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is no way to fully quantify or express the impact PBPA has had on Development in Gardening. Not only are they professional and efficient they are made-up of deeply caring and motivated individuals who become personally invested in the work their non profits are doing. Working with them has been a dream come true.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono has been of tremendous help to CaringWorks, Inc. as we navigated various legal and organizational policy issues. We very much appreciate Robyn Miller and her associates for their wise counsel and willingness to serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PBPA is an indispensable partner of our organization. As a small but growing non-profit we are not able to afford legal expertise in area crucial to our development, growth and indeed our very existence. We call on PBPA for all our legal needs and they have been nothing short of great.

Chad H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono of Atlanta is just fabulous. They have helped with legal issues so many times when we didn't even know where to turn and couldn't afford it if we had. As far as I'm concerned, PBPA and its Director, Rachel Spears, should have 10 stars.
Chad Hale, Exec. Director, Urban Recipe, f/k/a Georgia Avenue Community Ministry

Client Served

Rating: 4

Pro Bono provided access to legal resources and knowledge that my organization would not have been able to obtain otherwise. The staff has always been so helpful and quick to respond and fill such a need in the community. I have and will continue to refer Pro Bono to any non profit that is in need of their services!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the last couple of years the PBPA consistently has provided top-level legal expertise to help the nonprofit organization I serve address issues of great importance. A fellow attorney recommended PBPA to my organization, and I have recommended it to other nonprofits. What a valuable resource!

Rudy G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

THANK YOU PBPA, Yes I am screaming. I am just so happy to have found you because our non-profits (29) needed some very quick professional help and you were there without delay. Thank You. I am working with a group of community agencies and churches that are working together to improve the lives of all in our community this collaboration has identified legal areas of concern that we were not aware of but now we have PBPA and are now excited about the collaborative work. Thanks Again and Again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono has show More Than Conquerors, Inc. nothing but excellent service! The email newsletters with great resources and webinars, the FREE classes conducted at the Foundation Center, the quick responses to the projects submitted for a Pro Bono Lawyer to select on work on the project... all of this have proven to have excellent people that delivered on the services. The presenters have used "user friendly" language that was well appreciated by the attendees.

Rachel Spears has followed up on every project to ensure the quality of service. Her attention to detail and customer service compels me to always tell other nonprofits about their services. They "Rock" customer service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with a non-profit that has turned to PBP again and again for legal assistance. They are extremely res



I volunteer with a non-profit that has turned to PBP many times for legal assistance. Each time they have been very responsive. They have found lawyers with the appropriate expertise to address our questions. Having previously practiced law, I can attest that the quality of legal work done by their volunteers is very high. They have also been great about following up to confirm our issues were addressed to our satisfaction. I have recommended PBP to other non-profits and will continue to do so. We would be lost without them!








Client Served

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure of working with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and their impressive staff for a little over a year now. PBPA has been integral in ensuring the health and stability of our organization. As a nonprofit leader I am often expected to wear many hats. I am grateful that the work of PBPA not only assists me in identifying and resolving legal issues, but also frees up some of my time so that I can focus on the growth and sustainability of our organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I practice corporate law, and I think it is important to take on a couple of pro bono projects each year. I love the Pro Bono Project, because they make volunteering easy for the transactional lawyer. They screen clients to ascertain their exact legal needs, they break those needs down into several discreet projects if necessary, and they send out lists to potential volunteers describing both the client's mission as well as the exact parameters of the pro bono services needed. As a result, when working with the Pro Bono Project, I have never had a pro bono assignment "spiral out of control" or felt like I had gotten in over my head. The project management and support is unlike anything I have experienced and I can always find opportunities to put my skills to use while supporting a cause that is important to me on a personal level. That is why I keep coming back to the Pro Bono Project for more pro bono opportunities.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired lawyer launching a small nonprofit, and I was looking for some pro bono help to look over my shoulder and confirm I wasn't making too big a mess of things. Pro Bono Partnership/Atlanta recognized that I needed far more legal help than I was comfortable asking for, and their volunteers helped me with several matters on an expedited basis that enabled our organization to launch our planned activities on schedule and form a community partnership with a large civic organization that will give our venture a much greater chance of reaching our ambitious goals. PBP/A stepped in and acted like a true general counsel, offering invaluable guidance and support, and a few of their webinars addressed issues that saved me hours of research. This is a highly skilled, caring and professional organization that fills a vital need in our community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the Controller for a small nonprofit. Due to our size I handle not only the finances but also all operational and HR functions. Through ProBono partners we have had access to attorneys to assist us with writing policies, creating handbooks for staff and our board, ensuring that we adhere to all local, state and federal laws. Their guidance has been immeasurable! ProBono partners matched us with the perfect attorney for each specific need and stayed in constant contact with us to ensure we received the exact help we needed. We could have never been able to afford these services on our own. ProBono Partners contribution to nonprofits is greatly needed and appreciated!

Maryum L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I run a non-profit organization that relies on the Pro-Bono Partnership for legal advice and support. The information, training and guidance provided is critical to helping us operate and meet our mission!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been in nonprofit management for more than four decades and I STILL remember the day I met Rachel Spears and first learned about the outstanding services of Pro Bono Partnership. I was thrilled to learn that an organization was educating nonprofits about their legal responsibilities and providing direct professional assistance to nonprofits to address those needs.

Over the past five years, Rachel, her staff and her cadre of volunteer lawyers have provided highly valuable legal services to the Child Development Association on matters including FMLA, leasing, joint enterprise with other nonprofits, bylaws, conflict of interest, employee handbooks, among others. Pro Bono Partnership has materially assisted our organization and given me confidence regarding our legal foundation.

I cannot say enough about Rachel's leadership and about the incredible quality of legal service that they bring to the nonprofit arena.

Donna Smythe
Executive Director, Child Development Association

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the leader of a non-profit that serves internationally, and our organization has been helped by Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta multiple times! Not only have we received assistance with the publication of a book in which the intellectual property rights were given to the non-profit, but we have also received assistance as a company received payment from us, but didn't perform the services for which they had been paid. As Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta's attorney learned more about the ways our non-profit performs our work, we were also given additional guidance concerning laws pertaining to international travel and laws within the areas where we serve. We are a tiny non-profit, so the wisdom and assistance we received from Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has been invaluable for us! Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is truly a five star organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am extremely grateful for the generous team at Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta. Their knowledge and advice for guiding my non-profit through our questions regarding soliciting and intellectual property rights was amazing. Our integrity is not exposed, thanks to the wise council I received. Others will never understand what a comfort it is knowing Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is there to assist!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the director of a state-wide nonprofit organization that operates a character education program for high school students. Earlier this year, when we needed assistance interpreting a new state education regulation, we turned to the ProBono Partnership of Atlanta. PBPA did a fabulous job of helping us to quickly assess how the regulation did -- or did not -- apply to us. As a small nonprofit with a small budget, this pro bono legal work was invaluable.Thanks to PBPA's assistance, our organization was able to focus on its mission of promoting positive character values such as honesty, integrity, compassion, generosity and perseverance among the younger generation, and to be compliant with all legal issues.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Attorneys and staff at Pro Bono partnership helped us out immensely by just having an Intern review our documents and explain what needed to be rectified before we could go to market to solicit donations in Georgia. Within an hour we knew exactly what had to be done to bring Fountain of Hope into compliance. Many thanks to Robyn, Rachael and their staff.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our agency had the pleasure of working with Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta on issues ranging from personnel policies to confidentiality and client intake procedures. The amazing attorneys that so graciously give of their time were a joy to work with and made the process relatively painless! Sometimes this work can be intimidating and I appreciate the expertise and thoroughness that everyone through Pro Bono---staff and volunteer attorneys---brought to the table.
In Peace,
Amy N. Weaver
Hospitality House for Women, Inc.

Angela70

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have spent the last 20+ years of my career in the non-profit sector. As such, I have had the opportunity to have several of those non-profits be accepted as clients of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA). It has been a wonderful experience! All of the attorneys and especially the staff of PBPA have been incredible. I do not feel that any of the nonprofit clients that I have referred could have gotten any better legal or moral support--even if the organizations had to pay. As clients, PBPA has saved these organizations thousands of dollars in legal fees, whereby adding monies to the organization's bottom line and allowing these organizations to offer greater services to the communities they serve.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am on the board of a charity in Atlanta that serves children with incarcerated parents - kidz2leaders.org. Last year we were consdiering opening in NJ by partnering with some people from our organization who had moved from Atlanta to NJ. There were many complex licensing and IP issues to wrangle with. The Pro Bono Partnership handled them all for us expertly. We were able to put together an agreement that protected us but was not off-putting to our new sister organization. Top notch legal representation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta is one of my top resources as a charity executive director. They've provided expert legal assistance through their amazing volunteers. Help on projects has ranged from creating updated bylaws that comply with our state laws, review of a contract and license agreement, and assistance with a d.b.a. In addition to one-on-one help with attorneys, PBP Atlanta offers excellent webinars and workshops on issues common to non-profit management. At our organization, we work hard to fulfill our mission, and we strive to operate a lean organization. Thanks to the good work from staff and volunteers at Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, issues that could become problems are prevented and more of our resources can be directed to our program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta makes it easy for transactional attorneys to give back to the community. Prior to volunteering with PBPA, I found it difficult to find pro bono matters that fit within my skill set. The once-a-month emails detailing available projects allows you to not only choose the level of time commitment you desire, but also choose an organization with a mission statement that speaks to you. The Executive Director, Rachel Spears, and the rest of the PBPA team are extremely nice and always willing to answer questions. I would recommend this organization to everyone!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership makes it easy for in-house lawyers in particular to find projects that fit within their practice area and schedule. They do an amazing job of vetting clients to ensure projects are well-defined and meaningful, so both the clients and volunteer lawyer are well-prepared for the task at hand. There are always a wide variety of matters to choose from, allowing you to give as much time as you want or as little time as you have. Their lawyers and staff support you along the way with their own time and resources to ensure the project is a success. Through volunteering with PBPA over the years, I have also increased my awareness about many local non-profits with inspirational missions making big differences in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pro Bono Partnership allows attorneys to select volunteer projects of vary complexity and time commitment based on their availability. PBP's team makes the volunteer process seamless, and allows attorneys to learn about and assist deserving non-profits across Atlanta.