How Can You Give?

Families First relies on the generosity of friends, donors, volunteers, and area partners. Their donations aid us in our mission to strengthen and build resilient families. We give funds to support programs that help women, children, and families in our community.

Online Donations

Families First gratefully accepts cash donations of any amount. We put that money toward serving more families and children in the metro-Atlanta area.

You can give a one-time or monthly gift through our easy-to-use donations page. Your contribution ensures the success of our children and families.

By Mail

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

Families First
ATTN: Fund Development
80 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, NW
Atlanta, GA 30314

* Please make your check payable to Families First.

By Phone

If you’d like to donate over the phone, please call 404-853-2800.

Stock Gifts

Your gift of appreciated stock provides two main financial benefits to you:

By providing a charitable deduction for the present fair market value,
and allowing you to avoid paying capital gains tax on the appreciation.

Please contact us for instructions to provide your broker. This allows us to credit your gift appropriately.

Donor-Advised Funds

Giving through donor-advised funds (DAF) is one of the easiest ways to give to a public charity. You’re generally eligible for an immediate tax deduction when giving through a DAF.

Estate Planning

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. Donors can leave a charitable legacy for their family and community using the following types of planned gifts:


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 Insurance

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, annuities and retirement accounts.

If you’re interested in becoming a member, contact Fund Development at 404-853-2800 or send an email to to start the conversation about planned giving.

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:

Donation Times:

Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.