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Welcome to The Society

The Sandy Springs Society is a charitable organization of women that was founded in March 1988 to support programs that improve the quality of life for the residents of Sandy Springs. Through its yearly grant process, the organization supports Heritage Sandy Springs and other non-profits in the community that promote the arts, heritage, education, the environment and social services.

  • The Sandy Springs Society raises money for its grants through fundraisers, corporate and foundation sponsorships, membership dues and other contributions.
  • To date, the Society has awarded grants of over $3 million.
  • The Sandy Springs Society is a 501(c)(3) organization.


2016 Philanthropic Distributions

Thanks to Joan Plunkett and her committee for their work reviewing the grant applications this year.

Act 3 Productions $3,700
To purchase 110 padded chairs for public seating

Chattahoochee River Keepers   $2,000
To support the Neighborhood Stream Watch Program

Child Development Association: $9,000
To provide weekly “Ready by 5”  pre-K student scholarships for Sandy Springs needy  families

Community Assistance Center: $26,000
To outfit a larger Food Pantry and Thrift Boutique

Creating Connected Communities $3,000
To fund an event in Sandy Springs for children in need in Sandy Springs

Every Woman Works   $5,000
To provide scholarships to women in need in Sandy Springs

Franklin Pond Chamber Music:  $800
For funding two outdoor concerts in Sandy Springs

Friends of North Springs Foundation: $10,000
To purchase equipment for the music technology classroom

Friends of the Sandy Springs Library   $1,400
To fund one speaker and crafts for the summer program

Healthy Youth, USA: $1,500
To fund transportation and snacks for the Summer Camp 2016 Program

Heritage Sandy Springs: $74,725 (35% of total; excludes dues)
To continue work on the springs’ site project/programs/museum exhibits/SS Gazette, sponsorships

Horizons Atlanta: $7,500
To purchase supplies and provide transportation for the Global Academy

John Ripley Forbes Big Trees Forest Preserve  $2,000
To install replacement hardwoods  in the preserve’s entrance and  tornado damaged area

Mr. Tom’s Heart   $2,400
To purchase communication equipment to support of needy in Sandy Springs

Prevent Blindness Georgia: $5,000
To fund the Star Pupils vision testing program in Sandy Springs preschools and daycare centers

Reading is Essential for All People   $5,000
To fund scholarships for teachers in Sandy Springs

Ridgeview Charter Middle School Foundation: $5,000
To purchase 80 Orchestra Chairs

Riverwood International Charter School Foundation: $9,000
To fund tutors, college field trips, and teacher training for the AVID program

Riverwood International Charter School Performing Arts Booster Association: $6,000
To purchase a microphone system and musical instruction

Sandy Springs Education Force: $6,000
To fund scholarships to the afterschool program at Sandy Springs Middle School

Sandy Springs Mission: $7,500
To fund a mobile technology lab with computers

Senior Services, North Fulton: $8,000
To support the Transportation Options Program for senior citizens in Sandy Springs

The Drake House  $2,325
To help with storage repair/replacement  at shelter for homeless women and children in Sandy Springs

U Hope CDC  $5,000
To fund an additional bedroom for homeless men in Sandy Springs

Watershed Alliance of Sandy Springs $5,650
To purchase water testing supplies and a partnership, an environment model for classroom demonstrations, and an Horizons Field trip


Total amount of grants for 2016 distribution to Agencies:  $213,500

Total: $3,206,083


A BIG Thank you!
Special thanks to IBM for providing marketing training to our members, so we can better promote our cause. Brenda Toan gave an excellent presentation to Board Members involved with our website, promotion and social media. For participating in the training, The Sandy Springs Society received a $2,000 grant from IBM! Thank you IBM for all you do for our community!
The Society has also been awarded our first ever grant of $2500 from the City of Sandy Springs, to assist in staging the Tossed Out Treasures event March 3-5, 2016.  This is a widely supported community event in Sandy Springs serving a diverse group of citizens, all who enjoy finding and purchasing gently used items from our homes to add to their family's collections and household needs.  Having the City's financial support recognizes all of our hardworking volunteer efforts (and hours!) to improve the qualify of life in Sandy Springs. Recognition should go to Elizabeth Kelly for single-handedly applying for the $4000 grant this year and to the leadership of Kate Dalba, Lib Thompson, Jan Collins, Gail Cohn and others who worked tirelessly in April 2014 to change the City's not-for-profit policy.  This was necessary so that our 27 year old organization serving Sandy Springs would not be excluded from eligibility to apply for an award from the City. Thank you to the City of Sandy Springs!
At Risk Kids Inspired Through Music


On Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at 1:30pm, a children’s sextet from Franklin Pond Chamber Music performed a free concert for participants of the Horizons Student Enrichment Program in Porter Hall of Holy Innocents School. The Horizons program, which attempts to eliminate the academic gap so frequently experienced by the low-income children who participate in the program, hopes that the performance will allow program participants to see other children achieving through hard work and dedication and in turn establish goals for themselves. Yet the program also benefits Franklin Pond performers, as they learn a sense of community service and hone important skills such as discipline, public speaking and the ability to convey their passion for music through their performance. “As we enter our 25th anniversary year,” noted Kate Dalba, President of The Sandy Springs Society, “it’s gratifying to know we’ve made a difference in the Sandy Springs community and wonderful to see two of our long standing grant recipients working together to further some of the Society’s goals by enriching the lives of children at academic risk through the arts.”


Helping Those in Need

Here is just a sample of some of the organizations that have benefitted from the Society's commitment to improve the lives of those in our community.

Since 1999, The Sandy Springs Society has awarded multiple grants to the Community Action Center, the only agency in Sandy Springs that focuses on the prevention of homelessness and the provision of basic needs to individuals and families. Funds from the Society have enabled the Community Action Center to purchase commercial freezers, to install technology upgrades and to provide food, clothing, toys, holiday baskets and emergency assistance to families undergoing life or economic challenges.

The Society helped the women of the Mary Hall Freedom House, a comprehensive residential recovery program, to reclaim their lives. Donations from the Society to Mary Hall Freedom House provided MARTA transportation cards for residents and supported work training programs, after school programs and day care programs.

Grants to the Sandy Springs Mission funded transportation for children to an after school enrichment program and helped to support summer programs for underprivileged children.

Senior Services North Fulton
used grants from The Society to purchase equipment to launch a program to provide meals for elderly Sandy Springs residents recently discharged from the hospital. Other grants funded in-home services and transportation for elderly residents who are home bound.

Each year, grants are awarded through The Sandy Springs Society’s Philanthropic Committee to charities that have a significant impact on quality of life of the residents of Sandy Springs.


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