Personal. Professional. Philanthropic.
Success isn’t just about what you accomplish in your life; it’s about what you inspire others to do.
Inspire Atlanta is a comprehensive initiative that provides a unique leadership opportunity to a diverse group of professional women who are looking to ignite their passion for creating positive change for women in Atlanta.
Inspire Atlanta focuses on three main areas – personal development, leadership development and philanthropic development. Participants will meet many of the dynamic corporate and civic leaders associated with AWF, connect with other women professionals, and explore the critical issues facing women and girls locally. They will also manage an individual fundraising campaign to support the mission of AWF.
As the only public foundation in Georgia dedicated solely to women and girls, it is our responsibility to prepare women to be thoughtful, well-informed, philanthropic leaders who understand the unique issues women and girls face locally. Through the Inspire Atlanta initiative, we are training women to develop or enhance the skills needed to empower and develop not only themselves, but their communities as well.
Participants must apply to the Inspire Atlanta program, and a selected number of applicants are chosen to participate to allow for an enriched experience. Past participants review applications and select participants. What they are looking for:
Do You Personally...
Have the time and resources to devote your whole-hearted self to this program? Will you make a genuine commitment to be fully engaged in the activities of Inspire Atlanta, for the betterment of yourself and those you wish to serve? Do you wish to build new relationships through this experience?
Do You Professionally...
Wish to leverage your position for greater good? Are you a leader in your office or community (and not just by title) and want to learn more about supporting the community? Is your organization supportive of your participation and is your schedule flexible, allowing you to attend every Inspire Atlanta session?
Do You Philanthropically...
Have a heart for women and girls, specifically those without a support system? Are you willing to fundraise for AWF? Are you looking to expand upon your fundraising and volunteer experience while engaging your community through your campaign efforts?
If you answered yes, then we look forward to seeing your application!
The Inspire Atlanta Program develops women personally, professionally, and philanthropically.
Participants will manage a fundraising campaign on behalf of AWF, receiving benefits for their effort.
Personal — “Me"
Understand my core foundation that serves as my compass for setting the course of
my life and the impact I will have on my community.
Professional — “My Career"
Create a professional advantage and generate differential value by inspiring my
network to influence lasting community change.
Philanthropic — “My Community"
Develop my leadership action plan to drive the change I want to see in my community.
Program Elements & Dates
The Inspire Atlanta curriculum is designed to take the participant on a purpose driven journey to meet the objectives listed above, with each session building on the next. The 2020 dates and programming are listed below, with more details on each session in the information packet.
What Does Inspire Atlanta Mean for Me?
Orientation - Tuesday, January 26, 8:30am-10:30am, ZOOM
HBDI Assessment - Friday, January 29, 12:00-1:30pm, ZOOM
Walking in the Shoes of Those You're Supporting
SPENT Discussion - Friday, February 5, 12:00-1:30pm, ZOOM
Poverty Simulation - Saturday, April 17, half-day, *in-person
subject to change
Telling Your Story: Connecting to Others
Vision & Values Workshop - Friday, February 19, 8:30-10:30am, ZOOM
Constructing My Journey: Setting up for Success
Fundraising Campaign Workshop - Friday March 5, 12:00-1:30pm additional fundraising mini-sessions will be offered
+Additional expanded education sessions will be offered throughout the program
Investing in Tomorrow: Expanding Your Reach
Inspire Atlanta Campaign Launch - Friday, April 16, time TBD *in-person subject to change
Mission Possible: My Efforts in Action
AWF Grantee Tours - Week of April 26, format and time TBD
Where We Are Today: Accelerating Tomorrow
Advocacy Training - Friday May 14, 8:30-10:00am, ZOOM
Addressing Barriers: Creating Impact
Lessons from Leaders - Week of May 21, time TBD, *in person
subject to change
Inspire Atlanta Celebration & Moving Forward
Celebration Event - Thursday, June 17, time TBD, *in-person
subject to change
COVID-19 & Inspire Atlanta 2021 Programming
The 2021 Inspire Atlanta programming is designed with careful consideration of the Covid-19 pandemic and the health and safety of our participants, volunteers, speakers, and staff involved. Programming will kick-off virtually, with the intention to host in-person events several months into the programming, pending review of current CDC guidelines and implementation of public health safety procedures for gatherings. AWF will make every effort to provide two weeks notice of an event change.
Inspire Atlanta participants are asked to set a fundraising campaign goal of $10,000 to support AWF's strategic grantmaking projects. The fundraising benefits are listed in the information packet.
Leadership Gift — $250+
• Nonrefundable; minimum of $250; will go towards your fundraising goal.
• Due on or before January 26 upon acceptance.
Fundraising Minimum — $2,000
•A minimum is set to ensure all hard costs of the program are covered.
Campaign Goal — $5,000
• Additional fundraising benchmarks are offered with benefits received,
see information packet for more details on benefits.
Campaign Stretch Goal — $10,000+
• Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves by setting a goal of $10,000!
- Customizable personal online fundraising page provided
- Support from Inspire Atlanta Program Graduates
- Access to a dedicated AWF staff member
- Training & workshops provided
- Bi-monthly resource newsletter
- Substantial toolkit which includes, but is not limited to:
- Sample emails and letters, and communications;
- Event ideas, best practices, forms, and more;
- Corporate ideas, grant information, and more; and
- Mission related results, stories, videos and more!