Parks for All has allowed us to expand our services, deepen our impact, create more park advocates, and increase funding for parks with an emphasis on low-income communities. This is our most ambitious undertaking in our 35-year history and the campaign has equipped us to provide tangible investment, thought leadership, and continuity for parks and greenspaces in Atlanta.
Your gift will support Park Pride’s growth in three primary areas:
#1. Scaling Investment in Community-led Park Improvements
Through Parks for All, we have doubled our annual awards to communities through our Grantmaking Program from $1.3 million in 2021 to $2.6 million in 2023. With a combination of private and public funding, Park Pride awarded $3.9 million in park improvements to 37 parks in 2024, with approximately 50% of these funds going to park projects in historically disinvested communities.
#2. Strengthening Park Community Groups & Creating New Park Advocates
Building upon the success of our engagement and educational strategies to date, Park Pride is equipping neighborhood residents to become high-impact agents of change in their parks and in their communities through the Park Stewardship Academy. This leadership development program focuses on skill development, expansion of community engagement and park access, mentorship, advocacy opportunities, and relationship building. In December, the inaugural cohort of 12 park leaders graduated.
#3. Building Park Pride’s Capacity to Meet the Moment
Campaign funding supports Park Pride’s respected and comprehensive set of programs that work directly with communities in a place-based manner. Additionally, to have the bench strength to support expanded services, we are making our most significant investment in building internal capacity in 35 years, investing in current staff, adding key new hires, and strengthening our internship program to prepare the environmental leaders of tomorrow.
Dorothy Yates Kirkley
Parks for All News
February 2024 – Atlanta Journal-Constitution – $4 million will boost park projects in Atlanta, DeKalb
February 2024 – WABE – Atlanta nonprofit Park Pride announces $3.9 million in funding
February 2024 – Axios – Atlanta and DeKalb parks get $4 million funding boost
February 2024 – SaportaReport – The grass is greener on this side: Park Pride announces nearly $4 million towards local Atlanta parks
February 2024 – Decaturish – Park Pride announces $3.9 million in park improvements in Atlanta, DeKalb County
September 2023 – Saporta Report – Play is a human right: Park Pride’s roundtable highlights importance of inclusive play spaces
June 2023 – Saporta Report – Park Pride launches new program to help residents activate their neighborhood parks
March 2023 – Saporta Report – Park Pride’s $12.8 million ‘Parks for All’ campaign sets new bar for Atlanta
January 2023 – Press Release – $2.5M of Capital Park Improvements Headed for Local Communities
January 2023 – Eli Dickerson Joins Park Pride as Director of Education
March 2022 – Saporta Report – Lessons from a Grant Cycle
February 2022 – Press Release – Park Pride Announces $2.3 Million of Capital Improvements in Store for Local Parks
December 2021 – Saporta Report – Seeking greater green equity – Woodruff Foundation and Park Pride
December 2021 – Saporta Report – Three Wins (and Three Cheers!) for Parks Heading into 2022
How do I make a gift to Park Pride?
Your donation to Park Pride support a wide range of park creation, improvement, and activation programs.
To make an outright donation by cash or check, please mail to:
P.O. Box 4936,
Atlanta, GA 30302
or donate online now.
Park Pride Tribute Cards
Honor a family member, friend, or colleague with a gift to Park Pride and we will mail an e-card personalized with your message to the recipient.
Donor Advised Funds
Put your donor advised fund to use for parks and communities by recommending gifts to Park Pride.
Recommend a gift today
Your financial advisor or fund manager can help you get started recommending a gift to Park Pride. Or, you can select your financial institution and log in to your account to begin:
- BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund
- Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
- Fidelity Charitable
- Goldman Sachs
- Raymond James
- Schwab Charitable
- Vanguard Charitable
Please use the following legal name and tax identification:
Park Pride, Tax ID 58-1882895.
Gifts of Stock
Giving appreciated securities, such as stocks and mutual funds, is an excellent way to support the Park Pride. Such gifts are simple and may provide a greater tax benefit than an equivalent gift in cash.
Please make sure to contact Shannon Roudebush, Sponsorship & Annual Fund Manager,
at email@example.com for specific instructions and to notify us of your gift.
IRA Charitable Rollovers
If you are 70 ½ or older, you can make a contribution of up to $100,000 annually from your IRA account to helpsupport Park Pride’s mission so that communities across Atlanta may have access to great neighborhood parks.
Through a Qualified Charitable Distribution, you make a direct payment of required minimum distributions from your IRA account to Park Pride, a qualified non-profit organization, thereby satisfying all or a portion of your required minimum distribution without adding the tax liability that comes with additional income. In other words, if you are required to take a distribution from your IRA, you can reduce your taxable income and make a gift to Park Pride at the same time.
For more information, please contact Ariane DeLong, Director of Development, at 404-301-8871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With your employer, you may be able to double your donation to Park Pride. Many employers sponsor programs to match charitable contributions made by their employees, and gifts from retirees and spouses also may qualify. Requesting a matching gift is normally a five-minute process which must be initiated by the donor. You can do this by filling out and submitting a matching gift form provided by your employer. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, contact your Human Resources or Community Giving Department. Much of the necessary information may also be available on your company intranet.
To help Park Pride track and acknowledge your matching gift, please send a brief notification email to Ariane DeLong, Director of Development, at email@example.com.
How do I make a legacy or planned gift?
A bequest is one of the simplest ways to make a gift to Park Pride, and a great way to support parks. By including the Park Pride in your will, you can help ensure the quality of Park Pride programs and services for generations to come.
Retirement Plan Beneficiary Language
You may name Park Pride, Tax ID # 58-1883895, P.O. Box 4936, Atlanta, GA 30302, as a beneficiary of your IRA or other qualified retirement benefits. Donors should consult with their tax advisor regarding the tax benefits of such gifts.
For more information about making a bequest to Park Pride,
please contact Ariane DeLong, Director of Development, at 404-301-8871, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is Park Pride a trustworthy investment?
Can I give money to a specific park or project?
Yes you can! While general donations made directly to Park Pride provide the most flexibility and the best opportunity to maximize the benefits of your donation, you may give money directly to a Friends of the Park group for a specific park. To make such a donation, please use this form.
I have a business. How can my business support Park Pride?
Park Pride’s Corporate Partners are our business supporters. These partners are interested in supporting better parks and stronger communities.
Park Pride offers multiple ways to engage employees, promote your business and give your organization recognition, including:
- Group volunteering,
- Event sponsorship,
- Corporate support of the Annual Campaign, and
- Program support.
To become a Corporate Partner, contact:
What are my rights as a Park Pride donor?
Park Pride upholds the Donor Bill of Rights as developed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and Giving Institute: Leading Consultants to Non-Profits.