Illuminating the possibilities in disabilities

aka BDI   |   Atlanta, GA   |
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EIN: 58-1847107


To empower people with differing abilities to maximize their potential by securing economic self-sufficiency, independence and inclusion within their communities.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Mr. Larry Gluth

Main address

2120 Marietta Blvd NW

Atlanta, GA 30318 USA

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Formerly known as

Bobby Dodd Industries



Subject area info

Sheltered workshops

Vocational rehabilitation

Developmental disability services

Population served info

Low-income people

People with disabilities


NTEE code info

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 70% of Georgians who have a disability are unemployed. Although many people with disabilities can and want to work, they face barriers such as reluctance on the part of employers to hire them, a need for experience and marketable skills, and a lack of the social and career networks that yield job opportunities. Due to these barriers to employment and community engagement, having a disability places a person at disproportionate risk of poverty and social isolation. For example, the poverty rate for Americans with disabilities in the 18 to 64 age range is 28.4%, versus 12.5% for those in the same age group without a disability (National Center for Law and Economic Justice). Individuals with disabilities, and their families, are often searching for the resources, assistance, and knowledge they need in order to lead independent sustainable lives. Although the goal is independence and community inclusion the hazy pathway to reach it leaves those families at a loss.

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?

Career Academies

BDI’s Career Academies focus on the skills that our region’s employers need. From on-the-job training to classroom-based curriculum and certification programs, BDI’s specialized job training programs provide opportunities that align with job candidates’ goals. BDI offers Career Academies in logistics and warehousing, food service, and office essentials. BDI is expanding these offerings to also include customer service, call center operations, and facilities management (janitorial and landscaping services).

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

BDI works with people to gauge their strengths and identify their barriers to work. Together with vocational experts, they set career goals and develop training plans.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

People gain paid, hands-on work experience while developing confidence and building relationships with community employers.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Veterans receive job training and placement support to enter the civilian workforce.

Population(s) Served

BDI offers ongoing mentoring and support for people with moderate to severe disabilities who are working in the community.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

In the form of support BDI offers family advocacy, benefits consulting, and resources coordination. BDI also offers outreach programs including intensive case management, life skills training, behavioral intervention, and community integration.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

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
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


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.

Bobby Dodd Institute's (BDI) goals are to increase the number of people with disabilities and barriers to employment it connects with jobs each year and to equip clients with the skills they need to retain their jobs. Along with that they hope to couple people with differing abilities with the services and support BDI offers to help enable them to lead sustainable and fulfilled lives.

BDI seeks to employ individuals with differing abilities by partnering with companies, nonprofits, and government agencies that outsource business services to our social enterprises. They receive outstanding service while creating jobs for those with differing abilities.

BDI also strives to empower people with differing abilities and their families by providing supportive programs to those who seek greater independence, confidence, and fulfillment through community inclusion.

We accomplish our mission to empower people with differing abilities to maximize their potential by securing economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion within their communities through our:

• Workforce resources programs, which provide our clients with an array of services to help them prepare to enter the workforce for the first time or to adapt their experience to a new career path. Workforce resources services include evaluations, career planning, specialized job training, and job connections services.

• Mission-based social enterprises that deliver services to business customers while sustaining good jobs for people with disabilities and barriers to employment. Our businesses now include logistics and warehousing, grounds maintenance, janitorial services, call center, mailroom operations, and hospitality and food service.

• Empowering support programs which span from family advocacy to benefits consulting and include intervention, integration, and case management.

BDI is a workforce development innovation leader with more than 25 years of experience helping people with differing abilities and barriers to employment prepare for and enter the workforce. Each year, we provide job and career, support, and outreach programs to over 2,000 people. We excel at matching people's skills with job opportunities. We tailor services to each job seeker's needs, while collaborating closely with employers to ensure that we connect them with candidates who have the skills they need to grow their businesses. This formula yields opportunities for people to learn and prosper and for businesses to thrive and create jobs. We are equipped with team members who are passionate about ensuring those with differing abilities and their families are able to have all their needs met and assisting and guiding them along their lifelong journey to fulfillment, sustainability, and inclusion.

With our integrated services, Bobby Dodd Institute was able to expand its reach and impact in the community.

In 2022, we served a total of 2,213 people. Additionally, we saw 86% average wage increase for job and career services participants. The cumulative potential lifetime value of individual benefits awarded through BDI’s Benefits Navigation program increased to $87 Million. The total earnings of participants employed or placed into employment by BDI reached $3.7 Million.

This year marked the beginning of a new five-year strategic plan to double the BDI impact. The plan aims to serve close to 5,000 people by 2027, up from roughly 2,200 previously served. A financial impact boost to $11M is targeted through employment wages and awards via benefits navigation services. Several programs will be expanded to rural counties beyond Metro Atlanta.

Along with the expanded services we are also able to provide a continuum of services throughout ones life starting at childhood and spanning to adulthood.

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.

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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 7.81 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 16% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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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 BOBBY DODD INSTITUTE’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 $1,425,857 $467,781 $977,262 $8,473,547 -$1,640,736
As % of expenses 10.1% 2.9% 5.5% 47.5% -8.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,227,582 $282,530 $773,333 $8,158,427 -$1,957,566
As % of expenses 8.5% 1.7% 4.3% 45.0% -10.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $13,740,261 $16,079,210 $19,400,500 $17,993,243 $18,957,191
Total revenue, % change over prior year 13.4% 17.0% 20.7% -7.3% 5.4%
Program services revenue 78.7% 72.9% 77.2% 79.6% 80.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 1.3% 2.7% 1.4% 8.3% 1.3%
Government grants 15.1% 19.6% 18.0% 9.9% 14.5%
All other grants and contributions 4.9% 4.7% 3.4% 2.2% 3.4%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $14,185,208 $16,326,159 $17,775,136 $17,833,634 $19,292,945
Total expenses, % change over prior year 16.0% 15.1% 8.9% 0.3% 8.2%
Personnel 75.8% 78.6% 73.9% 74.0% 68.7%
Professional fees 5.3% 4.9% 4.7% 3.6% 3.5%
Occupancy 1.6% 1.9% 1.9% 1.8% 1.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.5% 0.5%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 17.3% 14.5% 19.4% 20.1% 25.6%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $14,383,483 $16,511,410 $17,979,065 $18,148,754 $19,609,775
One month of savings $1,182,101 $1,360,513 $1,481,261 $1,486,136 $1,607,745
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $72,091 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $3,173,318 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $15,565,584 $17,871,923 $22,633,644 $19,706,981 $21,217,520

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.7 2.1 2.5 1.7 0.6
Months of cash and investments 8.2 7.2 7.2 6.9 4.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.9 2.8 2.6 8.1 6.3
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $4,339,163 $2,900,226 $3,768,354 $2,506,882 $977,486
Investments $5,363,244 $6,963,321 $6,833,542 $7,750,081 $6,979,257
Receivables $1,986,734 $1,923,640 $1,944,798 $2,035,349 $2,751,011
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,865,992 $4,905,093 $8,073,876 $8,361,159 $8,586,845
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 65.4% 67.8% 43.7% 45.9% 48.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 8.4% 5.4% 19.0% 16.2% 19.6%
Unrestricted net assets $5,151,968 $5,434,498 $6,207,831 $14,366,258 $12,408,692
Temporarily restricted net assets $3,756,399 $3,808,647 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $3,669,162 $3,669,162 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $7,425,561 $7,477,809 $7,785,916 $0 $0
Total net assets $12,577,529 $12,912,307 $13,993,747 $14,366,258 $12,408,692

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Mr. Larry Gluth

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 05/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair


Alston & Bird LLP

Term: 2023 - 2024

Quinn Shearer

B. Riley Advisory Services

Lori Chase

First Horizon Bank

Peter Lauer

PEL Ventures

John McKenney

McKenney's, Inc.

Jim Terry

Bobby Dodd Charities Foundation

Scott Vanek


Kedrick Eily

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Nancy Rizor

Atlanta Fine Homes | Sotheby's International Realty

Judith Moen Stanley


Rodney Hall

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David Essary

Allstate Health & Benefits

Dan Haynes


Kristen Lewis

The Bowden Law Firm

David McKenney

McKenney’s, Inc.

E. Fay Pearce, Jr.

John H. Weitnauer. Jr.

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/1/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/04/2023

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • 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.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.