We are so excited to be back in person for this year’s Keep it 100% Luncheon! During the pandemic, virtual events were a great way to connect while keeping everyone healthy, but there’s nothing quite like feeling the energy of family coming together to empower one another in one big, beautiful space. In this instance, we are excited to represent a community of families.
This year’s event will take place at The Wimbish House on Thursday, April 27, 2023, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm.
The Keep It 100% Luncheon brings together donors, community leaders, and many of the students that the Future Foundation serves for an experience that highlights the incredible work of our organization. You’ll hear inspiring stories from those who have worked with our programs and services, participate in a silent auction to raise funds for future initiatives, and have the chance to connect with like-minded community members who are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of Atlanta’s youth and beyond.
Investing in Education is Investing in the Future of Community
There’s nothing quite so important to the health of a thriving community as the education of its people.
Investing in education sets the foundation for the future by empowering the rising generation and equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to create and innovate solutions to society’s most pressing issues. Moreover, education leads to better job opportunities, which means an overall stronger economy for all. It has also been shown to reduce crime rates, improve overall health and happiness, and foster better communication and understanding among people.
This is why the Keep It 100% Luncheon is so crucial to the Future Foundation’s mission. This fundraising event acts as the largest single source of unrestricted support for our mission. The funds raised allow us to continue providing for our students and their families. Whether it’s academic support or food for their families during unexpected crises, the Future Foundation acts as a Second Family for its students. During the Covid pandemic, donations allowed the Future Foundation to provide laptops, tech help, and 5100 meals to students.
One of the most empowering things about the Keep It 100% Luncheon is that it is a collective effort. Over 200 individuals attend this event, representing a cross-section of Atlanta’s philanthropic, corporate, and civic communities, as well as education advocates.
Above all, this is a celebration of the transformative power of community because when we come together to lift one another up, we all win.
Every Dollar Matters
It may sound like a cliche, but there is truly no donation too small. Every dollar counts here. Every dollar is appreciated.
Here are just a few examples of what donations to Future Foundation mean to students and their families:
- A donation of $1,000 covers SAT and college application fees for all of our juniors and seniors. This would ensure these students have access to the same opportunities as their more privileged peers, allowing them to pursue higher education with fewer financial barriers.
- A $500 donation provides one student with an entire year of social-emotional support. This is crucial for all students, but for those who have additional risk factors (i.e. minorities, low income, etc.) or who may be facing challenges such as anxiety, depression, or stress it is especially important to have this type of support.
- A donation of $250 provides a month’s worth of essential supplies, such as food, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products, for a student’s family. Challenges such as food insecurity and hygiene poverty can have far-reaching consequences, impacting a students’ ability to focus and in engage in school.
- A $56 donation provides one week of virtual learning and technology support. This ensures students have access to the technology and resources they need to succeed in a remote learning environment regardless of income level.
It’s important to recognize that even small donations can make a significant impact on a student’s life.
Recognizing Community Trailblazers
This year, we will present two community awards, the Ann Cramer Corporate Leadership in Education Award and the Jean Childs Young Individual Leadership in Education Award.
These awards are named in honor of two incredible women who made a tremendous impact on the community–Ms. Cramer, with her legacy of socially responsible corporate leadership in education and underserved communities and Jean Childs Young, known for her tireless advocacy for education, children, and civil rights.
By recognizing the contributions of these outstanding individuals, we hope to inspire and encourage others to follow in their footsteps and make a difference in their own communities.
This is just one just of the ways we think globally but act locally, creating a ripple of progress and change in communities worldwide. It all begins with our work here in Atlanta to inspire and help build future leaders.
Partners in Advocacy
The Atlanta Woman’s Club has partnered with Future Foundation to host the Keep It 100% Luncheon at the beautiful historic home and venue, The Wimbish House.
This philanthropic organization is made up of dedicated women who work together to improve our local community since its inception in 1895. Over the years, they have been responsible for the creation or preservation of a number of Metro Atlanta community pillars, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, The Wimbish House, and the Sweet Auburn Curb Market (formerly, Municipal Market).
As community advocates, their core mission to Involve, Engage, and Connect, providing resources for social and civic improvement in Atlanta, is so closely aligned with our own. After all, today’s students are tomorrow’s generation of Atlanta metro leaders in industry and politics. We are beyond honored to have The Atlanta Woman’s Club as a partner in our flagship fundraising event. And just as history has shown in the United States and, certainly, in Atlanta, locking arms across sectors and cultural norms at pivotal times has proven to be invaluable for so many.
Supporting our youth and their families in pursuing opportunities for enrichment and education does not begin or end in the classroom. Food insecurity, housing insecurity, transportation, hygiene poverty–each of these things (and many more) plays a major role in a child’s ability to fully engage in learning and in life. Funds raised through the Keep It 100% Luncheon allow us to continue providing the multi-faceted support our youth needs to thrive.
Learn more about how to donate, become a sponsor, or reserve your spot at the luncheon, visit the Keep It 100% landing page.