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The Foundation Center's mission is to strengthen the social sector by advancing knowledge about philanthropy in the U.S. and around the world. The Foundation Center-Atlanta is a private facility open to visitors seeking information related to philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit management. Staff members provide reference assistance and training on related topics.


The Foundation Center provides public computer access in support of its mission. Priority usage is granted to visitors requiring access to online resources for research on philanthropy, fundraising, and nonprofit management. At the discretion of Foundation Center staff, any visitor using public computers for a purpose unrelated to Foundation Center research may be asked to relinquish their seat if necessary.

Computers are available on a first come, first served basis. Visitors wishing to use public computers should register at the reference desk. If all computers are in use, visitors will be limited to 30 minutes of use at a time.

Visitors may bring flash drives or other media for saving and working with files. Files may also be saved on a temporary basis to the My Documents folder. All files unnecessary to workstation operation will be deleted from the public computers on a regular basis.

The cost of printing from computers is 10 cents per copy (1-sided). Visitors should pay for any printouts or copies at the reference desk before leaving at the end of each visit.

The Center reserves the right to temporarily or permanently deny computer privileges to anyone who misuses the computer equipment or does not follow the established computer policies and procedures.


Visitors are expected to follow staff instructions and to treat staff and other Center patrons with courtesy.

In order to better preserve resources and equipment, open food containers are not permitted in the library area. Drink containers with lids are permitted, and a water fountain is available for Center patrons. Food and drink are permitted in the training room for certain programs, such as brown bag lunches.

Cell phones should be turned off or placed on vibrate. Visitors should step out into the Hurt Building main lobby to make or accept any calls, and conversations conducted in the main lobby should be kept at a reasonable volume.

The Center maintains a ‘no solicitation’ policy. Visitors are asked to refrain from making unsolicited requests for funding, volunteer time or other types of support from other Center patrons or workshop presenters.

Clothing should be appropriate for a place of business; shoes must be worn at all times.

Visitors are not permitted in staff areas if not accompanied by a staff member.

Bags, laptops, and other personal items should not be left unattended. Foundation Center staff may not be held responsible if items are lost or stolen.

Appropriately trained companion animals for people with disabilities are allowed, but must remain on the floor and be leashed and supervised at all times and in all areas.

Failure to adhere to these policies will result in visitors being prohibited from using Center resources.

We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to helping you learn more about philanthropy.

Foundation Center-Atlanta
133 Peachtree Street NE
Lobby Suite 350
Atlanta, GA 30303-1804

Tel. 404-880-0094


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