Catholic Charities Atlanta Subordinate

Creating a Pathway to Self-Sufficiency

aka Catholic Charities Atlanta   |   Smyrna, GA   |

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Catholic Charities Atlanta

EIN: 58-1097003  Subordinate info


Catholic Charities Atlanta provides transformative services that empower families to overcome barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.

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Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Vanessa K. Russell

Main address

2401 Lake Park Drive S.E.

Smyrna, GA 30080 USA

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Formerly known as

Catholic Social Services



Subject area info

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth




Immigrants and migrants

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Human Service Organizations (P20)

Ethnic/Immigrant Services (P84)

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

For families at the lowest levels of the income distribution, average annual income has not changed substantially in value since 1966. Twenty six percent of children in Georgia are in families considered poor by Federal standards, another 23% are low income. We are dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty in families so they can live self-sufficiently. We believe that charitable assistance that leaves the poor as they are is not sufficient. Our vision is for families to gain the knowledge, skill and jobs needed to live independent, self-directed lives.

Our programs

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

Immigration Legal Services

CCA provides low-cost, quality legal immigration services to more than 6,000 clients annually. A multi-lingual staff specializing in immigration law provides comprehensive immigration legal services to help eligible individuals and families obtain their permanent legal status, assist clients with the naturalization process, and provide legal representation during deportation proceedings. We specialize in assisting survivors of domestic violence, abandoned or neglected foreign children, detained clients, and victims of trafficking and crimes.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Catholic Charities Atlanta provides Refugee Services to refugee families arriving in the metro Atlanta area. The extensive resettlement services are designed to help refugees achieve economic and social self-sufficiency within their first six months in the United States.

CCA also provides needed support services in the areas of employment, home management, crisis intervention, financial literacy and medical assistance to refugees who have been living in the United States for less than five years.

The Refugee Services department also includes a program to serve unaccompanied children who cross border into the United States. Services are designed to ensure that children are released into safe environments and have access to educational, healthcare, and legal services while they are in immigration removal proceedings.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

Counseling for yourself or a family member may be the most significant decision that you will make. Relationships, both within our family circle or in other areas of our lives, can greatly impact our growth, happiness, and our sense of security. Consulting a qualified, professional therapist to assist in overcoming life’s problems can be an important decision for you or your family.

Our community-based outpatient mental health and counseling services focus on the challenges families and individuals face in dealing with life transitions, unexpected tragedies, and mental health issues. The goal is to help clients gain the skills to effectively manage their issues and improve the client’s ability to cope with life’s challenges.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Catholic Charities Atlanta Family Stabilization Services helps families move toward self-sufficiency. CCA’s bi-lingual staff helps families to stabilize their current living situation, providing services intended to help them achieve self sufficiency. One major component of these services is our housing counseling program.

Services in our Housing Counseling Program include Foreclosure Intervention, Financial Literacy, Pre-purchase Counseling, and Homebuyer Education Seminars.

Population(s) Served

CCA offers a unique opportunity for the community to access education and financial counseling that takes families and individuals financial needs and culture into account. We start by getting to know the people who will become our clients. Financial counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and the client to help the client identify goals and potential solutions to financial problems. Financial counselors can also help clients improve communication about money and give them appropriate coping skills or make recommendations to help them relieve the severity of financial issues. Financial counseling can help the client move along the spectrum of increasing financial knowledge, promoting financial behavior change, and improving financial wellness.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Learning how to speak and read English is essential to thrive in the United States. Catholic Charities provides English Language instruction classes at multiple locations throughout Atlanta. Our ESL and citizenship classes provide a key component for integrating into American society for both immigrants who have recently arrived and those who have been in this country for several years.

Population(s) Served

Our certified staff assists with referrals for housing/shelter, food pantries, the furniture bank, rent and utility assistance, and more.

The Food Stamps Program, (SNAP), helps households that have limited income and resources pay for the cost of food. A single individual, families, and individuals living together are eligible to receive SNAP benefits if they meet certain requirements.

We screen for eligibility and assist with the application for these public benefits.

Disaster Relief Services are provided on an as needed basis and response to area natural disasters.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants
Victims and oppressed people

Georgia is home to 777,858 veterans. In a recent study, 58% of veterans surveyed in Georgia reported experiencing homelessness after their departure from the military. Sixty-five percent report income less than $20,000 and 71% do not receive income from either pensions or retirement. Reintegrating into civilian life after serving in the military is often an overwhelming experience.

Catholic Charities Atlanta’s AmeriCorps Peer Navigator program, offering case support services to Georgia’s veterans, rises to meet these challenges. This is a free program for military members, veterans, and their families to connect to resources in their local community that help them to meaningfully improve their lives and accomplish their goals.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Goals & Strategy

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Our mission at Catholic Charities Atlanta is to provide supportive services that help our clients achieve self-sufficiency. Our team has been working with vulnerable populations for over 60 years, our goal is to leverage our experience, services, and partnerships to move families out of poverty once and for all. Catholic Charities ensures that vulnerable individuals can attain economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their children through programs designed to develop critical life skills, provide education and access to employment, address their well-being and ensure the family has basic food/shelter security and safety.

Our strategies are to establish case management practices to help families achieve self-sufficiency. Our approach is to assess a family’s situation then create an individualized service plan with them, and then support all aspects of their lives through that plan with an end goal of making them self-sufficient. The service plan that is created covers educational issues and transportation. Childcare and food security. Mental and physical health. Financial literacy instruction that helps clients learn money management and work from a budget. And the occasional need for emergency aid as needed.

Catholic Charities Atlanta has a comprehensive collection of services needed to assist families on their path to self-sufficiency including, Financial literacy and financial coaching; Mental health counseling and group counseling; ESL classes; Work pathways and job readiness training; Public Benefits and VA assistance. We have a core of social workers who are skilled at Case Management and partnerships that expand our capabilities and ensure resources needed are available. We also have a client information system that enables internal referrals and expedites external referrals.

We have just finished our new strategic plan and aligned the organizations goals and objectives to this approach. We have set up a case management group that will define and formalize our process. The new case management methodology will be tested over the course of the next year. Our first set of self-sufficiency indicators have been defined and we will work to implement them over the course of the year to track success and prove our approach. We will then evaluate our progress, make necessary changes and expand the program.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • 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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

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


Catholic Charities Atlanta
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.02 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.3 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 37% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Catholic Charities Atlanta

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Catholic Charities Atlanta

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Catholic Charities Atlanta’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $533,930 $581,431 $649,667 $592,618 -$514,047
As % of expenses 8.7% 9.2% 9.3% 8.1% -6.9%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $481,992 $533,343 $599,719 $537,843 -$572,367
As % of expenses 7.8% 8.4% 8.5% 7.3% -7.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $6,782,113 $7,089,630 $7,921,650 $7,621,704 $7,568,843
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.0% 4.5% 11.7% -3.8% -0.7%
Program services revenue 4.6% 5.2% 3.6% 3.1% 3.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.3% 2.3% 2.1% 2.0% 2.0%
Government grants 29.0% 24.8% 22.1% 27.2% 44.2%
All other grants and contributions 62.6% 67.6% 71.9% 66.0% 45.9%
Other revenue 1.5% 0.2% 0.3% 1.8% 4.8%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $6,160,963 $6,313,071 $7,020,348 $7,277,717 $7,461,907
Total expenses, % change over prior year 5.6% 2.5% 11.2% 3.7% 2.5%
Personnel 66.1% 62.8% 62.5% 62.0% 69.6%
Professional fees 5.9% 9.2% 6.2% 7.2% 6.1%
Occupancy 3.0% 3.1% 3.5% 3.3% 3.4%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 7.1% 6.6% 8.2% 12.6% 11.5%
All other expenses 17.8% 18.2% 19.5% 14.8% 9.4%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $6,212,901 $6,361,159 $7,070,296 $7,332,492 $7,520,227
One month of savings $513,414 $526,089 $585,029 $606,476 $621,826
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $148,444
Total full costs (estimated) $6,726,315 $6,887,248 $7,655,325 $7,938,968 $8,290,497

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.4 4.0 5.8 5.9 3.5
Months of cash and investments 7.0 7.6 9.1 9.9 3.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 6.2 7.1 7.5 8.1 6.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,732,016 $2,116,638 $3,413,185 $3,548,816 $2,178,019
Investments $1,858,587 $1,888,599 $1,889,120 $2,464,870 $27,245
Receivables $827,392 $960,418 $1,107,032 $1,012,053 $1,125,592
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $577,934 $599,822 $615,708 $657,376 $792,685
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.0% 82.2% 84.3% 86.4% 77.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 21.2% 16.6% 23.5% 19.1% 11.9%
Unrestricted net assets $3,333,968 $3,867,311 $4,467,030 $5,004,873 $4,432,506
Temporarily restricted net assets $586 $751,690 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $12,250 $12,250 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $12,836 $763,940 $939,777 $1,097,605 $911,143
Total net assets $3,932,231 $4,631,251 $5,406,807 $6,102,478 $5,343,649

Key data checks

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

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Chief Executive Officer

Mrs. Vanessa K. Russell

Vanessa Russell was named CEO of Catholic Charities Atlanta March 1, 2015. Vanessa started her career in Sales for Dun & Bradstreet, Inc then moved to senior quality and operations roles at ACNielsen, and VNU, Inc. in Brussels, Belgium. She has extensive experience in sales, marketing, operations and process re-engineering. She has been a USO volunteer and served on several volunteer boards since coming to Atlanta.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Catholic Charities Atlanta

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Catholic Charities Atlanta

Board of directors
as of 09/07/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Jack Nichols


Term: 2023 - 2026

Gregory Hartmayer

Archdiocese of Atlanta

Mike Flanagan

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Jean Ann McCarthy

Vanessa Russell

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Jeff Hogan

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Justin Howard

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David Markert

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Jack Nichols

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Albert Assad

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Jay Ferro


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Carolyn Johnson

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Bernard Shlesinger III

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Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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 10/7/2022

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