Ways to Give

At Families First, we rely on the generosity of our friends, donors, volunteers and area partners to keep our doors open and keep our community’s vulnerable cared for.  Funds received are given directly to support programs that help to serve women, children and families within our community.

Phone & Mail

If you’d like to donate over the phone, please call 404-853-2810

If you’d like to mail a check to Families First, please send to:

Families First
ATTN: Leigh Plott
80 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

* Please be sure your check is made payable to Families First. 

Stock Gifts

Making your gift to Families First with appreciated stock provides two main financial benefits to you by providing a charitable deduction for the present fair market value while allowing you to avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation. Please contact Families First for instructions to provide your broker and so your gift can be credited appropriately.

Online Donations

Families First accepts cash donations, regardless of size, with gratefulness and a dedication to put that money toward serving more families and children in the metro-Atlanta area. Our easy-to-use donation page allows you to give a one-time gift or a monthly gift to go towards programs that ensure the success of children and families.

Donor Advised Fund

Donor-advised funds are one of the easiest and most tax-advantageous ways to give to charity. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction.

In-Kind Donations

Families First relies on the generosity of community members to provide the basic needs and comforts of the families we serve.

For the health and safety of the families we serve, we do NOT accept
  • Used clothing
  • Used household items
  • Used Mattresses
  • Used rugs
  • Used upholstered furniture
  • Old stuffed animals
  • Worn/ used undergarments
All donations can be dropped off at

Families First

80 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Donation Times:

Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm


The Amy Chadwick Society

The Amy Chadwick Society is an elite group of special supporters who have designated Families First in a portion of their estate planning. The society was created in recognition of the faith, commitment and sacrifice made by an English missionary, Amy Chadwick, to maintain and grow the Leonard Street Orphans’ Home, which started what is now Families First. Miss Chadwick dedicated her life to ensuring that African American girls would have access to a stable home and education to provide them with the best chance at life. Her contribution, far beyond her death, is still making an impact decades later.

Harriet E. Giles, President of Spelman Seminary (1891-1909) wrote this of Amy Chadwick, “Miss Chadwick’s administration has been eminently successful in the essential matters of sensible methods; loving interest, impartial, kind, firm discipline and intelligent, moral and religious training. I am heartily glad of an opportunity to tell you how highly I esteem Miss Chadwick and appreciate and approve of her labors of love and self-sacrifice.”

Planned Giving

Planned Giving is a partnership option allowing donors to leave money or assets to Families First at his/her death; or a way to invest money so that the donor receives benefits during his/her life and then bequeaths the remaining funds to Families First. Planned gifts also enable donors to pass assets on to their heirs while supporting Families First and minimizing, or eliminating, taxes on those assets. In addition to planned gifts, bequests enable donors to make substantial gifts to Families First through their estates. Through a planned gift, donors can leave a charitable legacy for their family and community using the following types of planned gifts:

Bequest: A bequest can be made by naming Families First as a charitable beneficiary in a new will, or adding a codicil to an existing will. The bequest can be in the form of a stated dollar amount or specific property, a percentage of the estate, or a portion of or the entire residue.

Life Insurance: Donors may give a life insurance policy no longer needed, take out a new policy or name Families First as a beneficiary of an existing policy. A gift of life insurance may provide valuable income and estate tax savings. Donors may make Families First the owner or beneficiary of a whole or universal life policy. The premium payments may then be a gift to the Foundation and taken as a charitable deed. There may also be an upfront charitable deduction available.

Charitable Remainder Trust: A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) allows a donor to establish a trust for the ultimate benefit of his or her fund at a Foundation, retain a lifetime income generated by the contributed assets, receive a current income tax deduction and defer the capital gain recognized on the sale of the contributed asset. A CRT may help you eliminate capital gains taxes, reduce or eliminate gift and estate taxes, improve lifetime cash flow and when coupled with an asset replacement trust, provide for heirs as well.

Charitable Gift Annuity: A Charitable Gift Annuity allows donors to contribute assets to a designated, qualified foundation and receive an income tax charitable deduction and a guaranteed income for life. This vehicle can ease the worries of outliving financial resources by providing a high income coupled with numerous tax advantages.

Retirement Accounts: Retirement plan accounts and IRAs may be subjected to layers of taxation – both estate and income tax. A charitable gift of these funds at death, however, can provide a donor’s fund at a designated, qualified foundation with the full 100 cents on the dollar.

Families First recommends contacting the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta for more resources and information about trusts, annuity’s and retirement accounts.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, contact Chief Development Officer, Leigh Plott, at 404-853-2826 or send an email to give@familiesfirst.org to start the conversation about planned giving.