About the Junior League of Atlanta, Inc.
The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. was founded in 1916 with 45 members by Isoline Campbell, who believed that every member of the League had an obligation to use her talents and resources to improve the social and economic conditions of others. Today, the Junior League of Atlanta has over 4,000 members, making it one of the larger Leagues within the Association of Junior Leagues International (spanning over 294 Leagues). Continued focus on improving the health, education and welfare of women and children, the Junior League of Atlanta serves as a much-needed volunteer resource and as a catalyst for positive change through our partnerships with more than 65 nonprofit organizations in our community.
From the very beginning, the women of the Junior League of Atlanta have tackled even the most challenging of issues with focus and determination. In 1917, the League founded the Domestic Science Institution to instruct young women in household arts and began Red Cross courses essential to war relief; and in 1918 the League established a hot lunch program, including the provision of milk, to under-privileged children in Cabbagetown (East Atlanta) that weren’t able to go home for lunch. It has been the women of the Junior League of Atlanta that recognized these issues and solved them.
That same kind of resolve and leadership has brought over 95 years of improvement to the lives of women and children in Atlanta. Whether it was improving education through the establishment of the Atlanta Speech School, the Anti-Prejudice Consortium, and AppleCorp; improving the health and well-being of women and children through the creation of ChrisKIDS, The Atlanta Children’s Shelter, Trees Atlanta, or the Atlanta Youth Symphony (which became the Atlanta Symphony); or providing critical funding and volunteer assistance to hundreds of community agencies, the Junior League of Atlanta has been instrumental in the development of community initiatives and remains at the forefront of making positive change in Atlanta.
Fulfilling the League’s mission calls for enduring commitment and passion. As a result, the Junior League of Atlanta’s reach far surpasses beyond its doors….it extends throughout the fabric of Atlanta.
The Junior League of Atlanta believes that the collective power of diverse women, joined together to identify unmet needs and forge effective coalitions, can dramatically improve our community. We also believe that in order to most effectively cultivate positive community action, volunteers need educational opportunities for personal growth and volunteer leadership to develop to their potential.
Key to our success is a commitment to providing effective action through trained leaders and volunteers. The League’s training and experience equips members to be most effective in their volunteer work, while also fueling their commitment to community service in other areas.
This year, JLA members will provide over 75,000 volunteer hours to our Atlanta area partners, an investment worth nearly $2 million. Through our collective force, the League will reach more than 650,000 women and children through its volunteer efforts, and raise more than $600,000 to directly benefit women and children at-risk.
Junior League of Atlanta sustaining member, and 2011 JLA Ball Honoree, Marcia Bansely, credits her skills that helped her lead Trees Atlanta for 26 years to through her service with the League, click on video below to hear more.
2013 - 2017 Strategic Plan
The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. has created a 4-year Strategic Plan to guide the organization from 2013 through 2017.
The three main goals in this plan include:
1. Enhance the membership experience by providing relevant opportunities for community impact, training, leadership development, flexible service and social engagement.
2. Leverage the Centennial Anniversary to build momentum for and to maximize awareness of the Junior League of Atlanta’s mission and achievements.
3. Transition to and develop an issue based community impact model for the Junior League of Atlanta to focus our resources to achieve measurable community impact.
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The Junior League of Atlanta, Inc. is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Junior League is also exempt under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.