Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (Atlanta, GA)


  • Name:Lindsey Hardegree
  • Title:Development Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
  • Address:250 Williams ST NW, Suite 2115
    Atlanta, GA 30303
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:404.446.4410

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership is to ensure the Atlanta BeltLine thrives through political, economic, and social cycles by harnessing the power of the private sector and effectively partnering with the public sector. The Partnership achieves this mission through its commitment to: (1) raising funds from private and philanthropic sources to support the Atlanta BeltLine; (2) working with neighborhoods, community organizations, faith organizations, businesses, and other groups to raise general awareness and broad-based support for the Atlanta BeltLine; and (3) serving as a catalyst to mobilize resources around affordable housing, job creation, healthier living, public art, and other social objectives that comprise the Atlanta BeltLine vision.

  • Overview:
  • Through our investment in the Atlanta BeltLine, Partnership is playing a vital role in realizing the Atlanta BeltLine vision for a network of parks, trails, and transit supporting vibrant, livable communities. This vision encompasses not only the construction of physical infrastructure (parks, trails, transit), but also the creation of economically and culturally vibrant, walkable, sustainable, mixed-income communities that are connected physically, civically, and socially, and lead to a high quality of life for Atlanta's residents. In addition to our ongoing efforts as the private sector's representative and advocate to secure capital investments for the Atlanta BeltLine's continuing implementation, the Partnership has developed a portfolio of mission-driven programs which collectively work to increase awareness and support for the project as well as achieve the social objectives of the Atlanta BeltLine vision:

    Awareness, Education & Ownership Programs -- Through free tours, "Atlanta BeltLine 101" presentations, and a consistent presence at neighborhood festivals, the Partnership is reaching different populations throughout the city to create a diverse and informed constituency. Through Adopt-the-Atlanta BeltLine, annual Earth Day Clean-Ups, the Atlanta BeltLine Jamboree, the Run.Walk.Go! Race Series, and Art on the Atlanta BeltLine, the Partnership is increasing residents' sense of ownership of the corridor and its parks and trails.

    Social Vision Programs -- The Partnership has galvanized dozens of public, private, nonprofit, and community partners to achieve the Atlanta BeltLine's social vision - most notably leading the process to form the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative to create permanently affordable housing along the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. Currently, the Partnership is focused on creating a better coordinated, more efficient, employer-focused workforce development network that employers want to use, while simplifying the process for employers to hire from target populations (primary low- and moderate-income individuals). Additionally, the Partnership is striving to ensure that Atlanta residents and visitors are aware of the health benefits of the Atlanta BeltLine and become healthier through their use of the development. The Partnership hosts a wide range of health and fitness classes available to all Atlanta residents free of charge as well as a popular series of running races and additional health events.

    Communications -- All of the programs above combined with a robust communications strategy incorporating social, digital and traditional media enable the Partnership to cultivate broad-based support to ensure the Atlanta BeltLine remains a political priority.

  • History:
  • In 2005, Atlanta's business community and then Mayor Franklin created the Partnership to help ensure successful implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine project. The Partnership has been led by an influential Board representing Atlanta's strongest corporations and community organizations. Under the first Chairman, Ray Weeks, the Partnership shepherded key foundational work and early successes, including: the completion of the Redevelopment Plan and Five Year Work Plan; the creation of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. as the project's implementing entity; and the acquisition of the Bellwood Quarry for the future Westside Reservoir Park. These steps advanced the Atlanta BeltLine vision and grassroots movement by creating project structure, credibility, and tangible assets.

    The Board's first executive director, Valarie Wilson, was hired in 2006. Wilson hired full time staff to begin developing programs to: raise and invest private funding for parks and trails; cultivate awareness, understanding, and a sense of ownership in the community; and achieve the social vision of the Atlanta BeltLine development.

    In 2009, John Somerhalder succeeded Ray Weeks as Chairman, maintaining the Partnership's close ties to Atlanta's business community and helping the transition from a start-up to an increasingly mature enterprise. In 2012, Charlie Shufeldt transitioned into the role of Chairman, bringing extensive knowledge and experience in fundraising and community engagement. In 2014, the leadership of the organization transitioned to its second Executive Director, Chuck Meadows. Following the success of the organization's second major capital campaign, in 2015 Michael Donnelly transitioned into the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under strong leadership, the Partnership has solidified its role as the private sector's representative, investor, and coalition-builder in the Atlanta BeltLine project.

    The Partnership has raised more than $53 million for Atlanta BeltLine parks and trails -- and Partnership programs have connected tens of thousands of residents to the Atlanta BeltLine. The Partnership has also proven it can address some of Atlanta's most vexing social challenges by leading the type of cross-sector collaborations that formed the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative to create permanently affordable housing and mitigate economic displacement around the Atlanta BeltLine.

  • Year established:2005
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:27
  • Advisory board size:0
  • Staff size:5


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:56-2464486

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:562464486
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
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  • Organization Address:112 KROG ST NE STE 14
  • Organization City:ATLANTA
  • Organization State:GA
  • Organization Zip:30307-2486
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 2005
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A80
  • Asset Amount:$9,661,613
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$644,266
  • Income Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$639,216
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:56:19 am

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