Courtney Goldman Photography Best Weddings of 2011 Non-Profit PartnersPlease select a non-profit organization that you would like torepresent during the Best Weddings of 2011 contest. Don’t see theorganization you would like to represent in the list below? Noworries, when completing the contestant form select ‘Other’ andthen indicate the name of the non-profit you would like torepresent. Note: Please refrain from selecting strictly political (i.e.political parties such as Democratic Party or Tea Party or PoliticalAction Committees (PACs) dedicated to advancing specificpolitical agendas) or religious (Churches, Mosques, Temples,Synagogues, etc.) organizations. Community organizations thatpromote political involvement (i.e. Rock the Vote) ororganizations devoted to community enrichment sponsored by areligious institution (food banks, soup kitchens, etc.) arepermitted.If you arevoted the winner of the contest the non-profit youchoose will receive $250 (or $500 if you opt not to redeem the$250 in Courtney Goldman Photography services credit).American Cancer Society --- www.cancer.org Founded in 1913 by 15 well-known doctors and businessleaders in New York City, the American Cancer Society (ACS) is thenationwide community-based voluntary health organizationdedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem bypreventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering fromcancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. TheAmerican Cancer Society consists of a National Home Office with13 chartered Divisions throughout the United States and apresence in most communities. More than two million volunteers
carry out the Societys mission of eliminating cancer andimproving quality of life for those individuals facing the disease.American Red Cross --- www.redcross.org Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton,the American Red Cross has been the nations premier emergencyresponse organization. As part of a worldwide movement thatoffers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, theAmerican Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims ofdevastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization hasexpanded its services, always with the aim of preventing andrelieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief,the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in fiveother areas: community services that help the needy; support andcomfort for military members and their families; the collection,processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and bloodproducts; educational programs that promote health and safety;and international relief and development programs.The ASPCA --- www.aspca.org Founded in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention ofCruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organizationestablished in the Americas, and today has more than one millionsupporters throughout North America. The ASPCAs mission is toprovide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animalsthroughout the United States. The ASPCA provides local andnational leadership in animal-assisted therapy, animal behavior,animal poison control, anti-cruelty, humane education, legislativeservices, and shelter outreach. The New York City headquartershouses a full-service, accredited animal hospital, adoption center,and mobile clinic outreach program. The Humane Law
Enforcement department enforces New Yorks animal crueltylaws.Athens Canine Rescue --- www.athenscaninerescue.com Athens Canine Rescue is a non-profit organization of fosterhomes in Athens, Georgia. We have no shelter facility and we relyupon a network of foster homes to house our dogs until they areplaced in permanent happy homes of their own. ACR only takes indogs that are friendly, companion animals. As rescue dogs, ACRpups have often been neglected by previous owners, and rarelyarrive impeccably trained. They are very trainable however!Whether young or adult, ACR dogs are invariably loving, willing toplease and incredibly grateful.Atlanta Community Food Bank --- www.acfb.org Founded in 1979, the Atlanta Community Food Bank (ACFB)currently distributes almost two million pounds of food and otherdonated grocery items monthly to more than 800 nonprofitpartner agencies in 38 counties in Metro Atlanta and NorthGeorgia. ACFB supports a wide range of people in need, fromchildren to the working poor. Food pantries, community kitchens,childcare centers, night shelters and senior centers are among theagencies that receive product from the Food Bank and providefood and other critical resources for low-income Georgians whosuffer from hunger and food insecurity. The Food Bank alsooperates several community projects to aid our agencies incommunity building, technical assistance and advocacy efforts.
Boys and Girls Club of America --- www.bcga.org Formed in 1906, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (B&GCA)serves more than 4.8 million youth in more than 4,300 clublocations. B&GCA works to enable all young people, especiallythose who need it most, to reach their full potential as productive,responsible and caring citizens. B&GCA has a lineup of tested andproven nationally recognized programs that address todays mostpressing youth issues, teaching young people the skills they needto succeed in life. National programs are available in the areas ofeducation, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drugand pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadershipdevelopment and athletics.Canine Assistants --- www.canineassistants.org Canine Assistants, founded in 1991, trains and providesservice dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities orother special needs. In addition to physically assisting those withdisabilities, Canine Assistants service dogs are instrumental inremoving many of the barriers faced by the disabled in todayssociety. Most Canine Assistants service dogs are born, raised, andtrained at our facility in Alpharetta, Georgia, while some areoccasionally adopted from local organizations or breeders. Themajority of our service dogs are retrievers, including both goldensand labradors.Community Connection of Georgia ---www.communityconnection211.com In 1981, a small group of local citizens convened to inventoryexisting local disability services, in an effort to identify theprimary gaps and to develop a program that would provideservices to fill that gap. Upon gathering, individuals in this groupfound that less gaps existed than expected: the true issue was that
while each individual was aware of some of the services available,only by compiling their collective knowledge could they optimizetheir access to local resources. With the understanding that thedisabled population needed services not exclusive to theirdisability, the group expanded their inventory to all communityresources. Once the inventory was complete, the group wouldthen identify the unmet needs and work to fill them. CommunityConnection of Northeast Georgia was established in 1983 as thefirst information and referral service launched as a computerbased service. The mission of Community Connection of Northeast Georgiais to nurture, develop, and maintain information &systems whichempower individuals and communities to access neededresources and services. Today, Community Connection ofNortheast Georgia serves our community in three primaryways. We connect individuals in the 14 county area to resourcesvia our 2-1-1 Information and Referral Helpline which providesmore than 30,000 referrals to the individuals in need of serviceseach year. We connect thousands of interested citizens tovolunteer opportunities in our community via our HandsOnNortheast Georgia program. We connect organizations toresources (including each other) via our Non-Profit DevelopmentAlliance, which helps non-profit organizations receive the training,support and assistance they need while ‘incubating’ new programsto fill gaps in services.Georgia Historical Society --- www.georgiahistory.com Chartered by the Georgia General Assembly in 1839, theGeorgia Historical Society (GHS) is the states oldest culturalorganization and first and only statewide historical society. GHS isan educational and research institution created to preserve andinterpret Georgia history and the states role in American history
through a variety of educational programs, publications, andresearch services. Headquartered in Savannah with an office inAtlanta, GHS has 6,000 individual members and nearly 200affiliate chapters.Habitat for Humanity International --- www.habitat.org Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) seeks to eliminatepoverty housing and homelessness from the world, and to makedecent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invitespeople of all backgrounds, races and religions to build housestogether in partnership with families in need. Habitat has builtmore than 300,000 houses around the world, providing more than1.5 million people in more than 3,000 communities with safe,decent, affordable shelter. Habitat is founded on the convictionthat every man, woman and child should have a simple, decent,affordable place to live in dignity and safety.Hands On Atlanta – www.handsonatlanta.org Hands On Atlanta helps individuals, families, corporate andcommunity groups strengthen Greater Atlanta through service atmore than 400 nonprofit organizations and schools. Hands OnAtlanta volunteers are at work every day of the year tutoring andmentoring children, helping individuals and families makepathways out of poverty, improving Atlanta’s environment, andmore. Hands On Atlanta is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network, anassociation of 250 volunteer service organizations across 16countries. Hands On Atlanta builds community and meets criticalneeds through volunteer service and civic engagement.
Heifer International --- www.heifer.org Founded in 1944, Heifer Project International is ahumanitarian assistance organization that works to end worldhunger and protect the earth. Through livestock, training andpassing on the gift, Heifer has helped 8.5 million families in morethan 125 countries improve their quality of life and move towardgreater self-reliance. Heifer helps build strong communitiesbecause each project participant agrees to pass on the gift ofanimal offspring, training, or skills to another family in need.National Alliance to End Homelessness ---www.endhomelessness.org The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a nonpartisan,mission-driven organization committed to preventing and endinghomelessness in the United States and is a leading voice on theissue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and developspragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. We work collaborativelywith the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state andlocal capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that helphomeless individuals and families make positive changes in theirlives. We provide data and research to policymakers and electedofficials in order to inform policy debates and educate the publicand opinion leaders nationwide.National Fish and Wildlife Foundation --- www.nfwf.org The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation was created byCongress in 1984 to protect and restore our nations fish, wildlife,and habitats by investing federal dollars in the most pressingconservation needs and matching those dollars with private funds.The Foundation has proudly awarded 10,800 grants to 3,700organizations and leveraged $680 million into $1.6 billion forconservation on the ground.
Open Hand --- www.projectopenhand.org Founded in 1988, Open Hand helps people prevent or bettermanage chronic disease through Comprehensive Nutrition Care,which combines home-delivered meals and nutrition education asa means to reinforce the connection between informed foodchoices and improved quality of life. Our programs and servicesare designed to help clients meet their personal goals andobjectives for good health and to assist clients and healthcareproviders in the early identification and treatment, as well as theprevention or progression of many nutrition-related illnesses.Open Hand seeks to eliminate disability and untimely death due tonutrition-sensitive chronic disease. We aim to serve ourcommunity by empowering people to live healthier, moreproductive lives.Operation Smile --- www.operationsmile.org Operation Smile is an international childrens medical charitythat heals childrens smiles, forever changing their lives. As achildren’s charity, we measure ourselves by the joy we see on allof the faces we help. At Operation Smile, were more than acharity. More than an NGO. Were a mobilized force of medicalprofessionals and caring hearts who provide safe, effectivereconstructive surgery for children born with facial deformitiessuch as cleft lip and cleft palate. Every three minutes a child isborn with a cleft — often unable to eat, speak, socialize or smile. Insome places these children are shunned and rejected. And in toomany cases, their parents cant afford to give them the surgeriesthey need to live a normal life. Thats where we come in as aninternational charity providing much needed surgical services.Since 1982, Operation Smile — through the help of dedicatedmedical volunteers — has provided more than 2 million patientevaluations and over 200,000 free surgeries for children andyoung adults born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial
deformities. As one of the most prominent children’s charities inthe world and with a presence in over 60 countries, we are able toheal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future. Thanks tothe generosity and spirit of volunteerism shown by oursupporters, we heal thousands of children per year.The Orange Duffle Bag Foundation ---http://www.orangeduffelbagfoundation.org The Orange Duffel Bag Foundation provides coaching,training and ongoing mentoring to at-risk youth; support to theirguardians and caring adults; and service to the community in aspirit of offering hope and enriching young lives.The Sierra Club Foundation ---www.sierraclub.org/foundation The Sierra Club Foundation was founded in 1960 to providefinancial support to the Sierra Club and other environmentalorganizations for tax deductible work. We fund a range ofenvironmental projects which fall into the three general categoriesof public education, litigation, and training. Since 1960, The SierraClub Foundation has funded tens of millions of dollars worth ofimportant work, from small local projects costing a couple ofhundred dollars, to large, multi-year campaigns which requiremillions of dollars to support. Our work reflects the core values ofpeople everywhere: that we all have a right to a safe and healthyenvironment, clean air, clean water, open space, wild lands, and ahealthy and diverse ecosystem.
Sheltering Arms --- www.shelteringarmsforkids.com Founded in 1888, Sheltering Arms is Georgias oldestnonprofit early childhood education program, and one of its mostrespected. Our mission is to serve working families with highquality, affordable child care and education and comprehensivesupport services, as well as to provide professional developmentfor early childhood educators and community outreach. Foundedby Atlanta volunteers, Sheltering Arms now annually serves morethan 3,600 children, ages six weeks to five years old, and theirfamilies, in 17 centers in seven metro Atlanta counties.Teach for America --- www.teachforamerica.org Teach For America is the national corps of outstandingrecent college graduates who commit to teach for two years inurban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders inexpanding educational opportunity. Teach For Americas missionis to build the movement to eliminate educational inequity byenlisting the nations most promising future leaders in the effort.In the 2010-11 school year, more than 8,200 first- and second-year Teach For America corps members are teaching in 39 regionsacross the United States. Since 1990, Teach For America corpsmembers have reached more than 3 million students. Teach ForAmericas 20,000 alumni are providing critical leadership -- asteachers, school and district leaders; elected officials and policyadvisers; and founders and leaders of education and social reforminitiatives -- to ensure all children have the opportunity to attainan excellent education.United Way Worldwide --- www.liveunited.org Founded in 1887, United Way Worldwides mission is toimprove lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities.United Way is a national network of nearly 1,300 local
organizations that work to advance the common good by focusingon education, income and health. United Way Worldwide is thenational organization dedicated to leading the United Waymovement. Local United Ways create long-lasting communitychange by addressing the underlying causes of the most significantlocal issues. Common focus areas include helping children andyouth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability andindependence, and improving peoples health. Our goal is to createlong-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes ofproblems.Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper ---www.chattahoochee.org The Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeepers (UCR) works toadvocate and secure the protection and stewardship of theChattahoochee River, its tributaries and watershed, in order torestore and preserve their ecological health for the people, fishand wildlife that depend on the River system. Established in 1994,UCR is an environmental advocacy organization with more than5,000 members dedicated solely to protecting and restoring theChattahoochee River Basin - drinking water source for 3.5 millionpeople. UCR actively uses advocacy, education, research,communication, cooperation, monitoring and legal actions toprotect and preserve the Chattahoochee and its watershed.Woodruff Arts Center --- www.woodruffcenter.org The Woodruff Arts Center is the heartbeat of Atlantas artscommunity. Located in midtown, the Center offers Atlantans abold variety of performing and visual arts - both traditional andavant-garde. For 30 years, Woodruff Center has set the artsstandard for Atlanta and the Southeast. Since its inception, theWoodruff Arts Center has grown into the most dynamic center for
the visual and performing arts in the South and is among the topsuch centers in the nation. Today the Woodruff Arts Centerincludes the Alliance Theatre, High Museum of Art, YoungAudiences, 14th Street Playhouse and the Atlanta SymphonyOrchestra.World Wildlife Fund --- www.worldwildlife.org Founded in 1961, World Wildlife Funds (WWF) mission isthe conservation of nature. Using the best available scientificknowledge and advancing that knowledge where we can, we workto preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and thehealth of ecological systems by: protecting natural areas and wildpopulations of plants and animals, including endangered species;promoting sustainable approaches to the use of renewable naturalresources; and promoting more efficient use of resources andenergy and the maximum reduction of pollution. We arecommitted to reversing the degradation of our planets naturalenvironment and to building a future in which human needs aremet in harmony with nature. We recognize the critical relevance ofhuman numbers, poverty and consumption patterns to meetingthese goals.