PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP OF ATLANTA INC

aka 202614676   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.pbpatl.org

Mission

Pro Bono Partnership strengthens our community by engaging volunteer attorneys to provide nonprofits with business legal services.

Ruling year info

2005

Principal Officer

Rachel Epps Spears

Main address

999 Peachtree Street NE Suite 2300

Atlanta, GA 30309 USA

Show more contact info

EIN

20-2614676

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Management & Technical Assistance (S02)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2019, 2018 and 2016.
Register now

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta (PBPA) connects volunteer attorneys with nonprofits in need of free business legal services. Our clients are nonprofits that serve disadvantaged and low-income individuals in the Atlanta Metro area. Our clients fulfill their missions of serving the underserved with limited resources. Many nonprofits operate without legal counsel because they lack the funds and time to address legal risks. However, this can lead to expensive and time-consuming lawsuits, fines and penalties, and other problems that could undermine a nonprofit's ability to provide services to the community. Our volunteer attorneys work with clients on legal matters ranging from employment to corporate governance to real estate to trademark and tax issues. Our goal is to help nonprofits identify, avoid and address legal problems so that they can focus on their missions of serving the underserved.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Direct legal services

The primary program of Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta involves providing free legal services to nonprofit organizations by matching them with volunteer attorneys.  Four attorneys on staff at the Partnership also provide direct services to clients and address resource calls from nonprofits.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta presents 40-50 free workshops, webcasts and podcasts each year that provide information to nonprofit organizations on legal topics of interest to them, such as Employment Law 101, Legal Issues with Fundraising and Best Practices in Corporate Governance.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Five times a year, Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta provides an opportunity for 10 to 13 nonprofits to receive a thorough legal audit of the organization.  The Partnership then works with the organization to address any needs identified in the audit.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Direct legal services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of attorney volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Direct legal services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of corporate volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Direct legal services

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of nonprofit leaders coached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal workshops and webcasts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Legal workshops and webcasts

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn more about Sustainable Development Goals.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The number one strategic priority for PBPA is to continue to strengthen Atlanta’s nonprofits by identifying and addressing legal risks. Through 16 years of operation, we know that many nonprofits operate without legal counsel because they lack the funds to pay a lawyer or the connections to find pro bono assistance. With PBPA, nonprofit organizations have access to the same high-quality and specialized legal services as private companies without having to divert funding away from their missions of serving the underserved.

Our second organizational priority is to engage more legal professionals with PBPA’s client organizations. Each year, PBPA conducts educational programs for attorneys at law firms and in-house legal departments to make them aware of the turn-key volunteer opportunities available through PBPA. These presentations and other recruitment strategies have yielded results. The number of volunteers has increased by almost 20% in year-to-date comparisons from 2016 to 2018.

Direct Legal Services – PBPA matches nonprofit clients with volunteer attorneys with the right expertise to address their legal need. In 2019, we placed 1,055 legal matters for 273 clients with the help of 710 volunteers. In 2020, we will accept 50 new clients and facilitate 830 volunteer attorneys working on 935 legal matters. Volunteers are essential to our mission. We communicate with potential volunteers through a monthly newsletter listing the legal matters that currently need attention. Once a match is made, our 5 staff attorneys guide our volunteers and clients through each legal matter.

Educational Programs - PBPA provides about 40 free educational webcasts, workshops and podcasts each year to educate nonprofits about legal issues. Webcasts and articles are available for free on our website, www.pbpatl.org. Topics include employment, technology, risk management, fundraising, and taxes. Each educational program is evaluated and topics are updated annually to ensure timeliness.

Attorneys are expected to provide about 50 hours of pro bono legal service each year, and traditionally, much of the pro bono work available takes place in a courtroom. We provide transactional attorneys, many of whom have never worked in a courtroom, with transactional pro bono projects that are similar to the work they do every day.

Furthermore, PBPA partners with corporate law departments and law firms so that our clients have access to the best legal advice in Atlanta free of charge. In 2019, PBPA engaged over 150 different law firms and corporate legal departments. Five staff attorneys provide training and technical assistance to volunteers and guide clients through each legal matter to ensure success.

In addition to client specific legal advice, PBPA sends an informational newsletter to clients and other nonprofits. The monthly newsletter contains a Legal Alert, information about upcoming workshops and webcasts and recent additions to the Resources section on our website.

Thanks to community support, PBPA continues to increase its organizational impact. In 2020, PBPA provided legal services valued over $4 million. We are on track to complete even more legal issues by the end of 2020 and currently serve over 1,000 clients. Since 2014, our nonprofit clients have served over 4.2 million individuals.

As the demand for pro bono legal services continues to increase, PBPA staff must not only spend more time working to identify and assign volunteers to assist our clients, but staff attorneys must also personally handle legal matters for which PBPA cannot find a volunteer in a timely fashion. Developing and maintaining a strong network of volunteers is critical to our success and is a daily operational challenge. An attorney recruitment committee has developed strategies over the past 18 months to attract attorney volunteers with the expertise required for our work. The growth of Fortune 1000 companies in Atlanta helps sustain this effort.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP OF ATLANTA INC
lock

Unlock financial insights by subscribing to our monthly plan.

Subscribe

Unlock nonprofit financial insights that will help you make more informed decisions. Try our monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights?
Learn more about GuideStar Pro.

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

lock

Connect with nonprofit leaders

Subscribe

Build relationships with key people who manage and lead nonprofit organizations with GuideStar Pro. Try a low commitment monthly plan today.

  • Analyze a variety of pre-calculated financial metrics
  • Access beautifully interactive analysis and comparison tools
  • Compare nonprofit financials to similar organizations

Want to see how you can enhance your nonprofit research and unlock more insights? Learn More about GuideStar Pro.

PRO BONO PARTNERSHIP OF ATLANTA INC

Board of directors
as of 6/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alan Rosselot

Delta Air Lines


Board co-chair

Faith Knight Myers

McKesson

Ben Garren

Retired The Coca-Cola Company

Betsy Griswold

Retired UPS

Tricia Kinney

Service Master

Frank Landgraff

Rick McMurtry

Warner Media

Faith Meyers

McKesson Technologies

Kara Ong

Truist

Tim Phillips

American Cancer Society

David Steele

The Home Depot

Angie Woo

Cisco

Will Ledbetter

Southern Company

Mindy Doster

Paya

Anu Seam

AT&T

Juliana Dearing

Truist

Briley Brisendine

SiteOne Landscape Supply

Matt Kristufek

UPS

Brooke Belisle

The Coca-Cola Company

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2020,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/10/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.