Support Leadership Georgia

The wonderful formula that Pattillo, Wade and Fanning created in 1972 is alive and well thanks in large part to our phenomenal advocates and supporters. Your support – at the amount that’s right for you – represents a meaningful investment in one of our state’s most valuable resources – our people. There are over 3000 graduates of the Leadership Georgia program that are engaged in making a difference in our state. With your help, we can continue to educate and support new leaders in the State of Georgia to build a better Georgia for all citizens.

Alumni Dues

Leadership Georgia’s annual alumni dues provide for continuing education opportunities, events, networking and workshops exclusively for alumni.

The annual alumni dues are $150, and invoices are scheduled to be delivered to your inbox on March 1st of each year. Please pay your invoice on-line using the link embedded in your invoice to ensure the alumni dues are applied to correct account.  If you prefer to mail in your dues, please print your invoice and mail a check with payment voucher attached. In exchange for your payment of membership dues, Alumni are offered goods and services. Therefore, it is not considered a nonprofit tax donation for tax purposes.  As a result, the payment of dues will not appear on your end of the year Donation Summary Documentation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Manager of Operations at or (404) 223-2294.

Annual Program Support

Each year, there are five 2.5 program days at locations around the state in which the class members attend and an annual Gala event that hosts over 450+ leaders and alumni across the state.

These are excellent opportunities for business to showcase their products/services and show support of the Leadership Georgia program.

Donations can be monetary or in-kind products/services to support each program.

There are a number of ways you can participate as sponsor. For more information, call 404.223.2294 or email

Scholarship Fund

The Marcia B. Wade Scholarship Fund

The 2017 Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees has established The Marcia B. Wade Scholarship Fund to honor the life and legacy of Marcia Wade given her untimely passing on July 19, 2017.

Marcia was a remarkable woman and the wife of one of our Leadership Georgia Founders, Rogers Wade. Marcia, along with Rogers, was deeply involved in the creation and launching of Leadership Georgia. To honor and celebrate her life, the Marcia B. Wade Scholarship Fund will be an endowed fund and will provide partial tuition scholarships to future Leadership Georgia class members based on need.

Please consider making a contribution to the endowment to support Marcia’s commitment to Leadership Georgia by providing partial tuition scholarships to future young leaders in Georgia.

Fanning Fellow Endowment Fund

A Tribute to Georgia’s Leaders

In 1990, Leadership Georgia’s Board of Trustees established the J.W. Fanning Fellows Program to honor individuals who have made a significant contribution to the growth and development of Georgia in the tradition of J.W. Fanning.

To become a J.W. Fanning Fellow, you may make a contribution of $1,000 to Leadership Georgia’s endowment.  Friends and family may also confer a J.W. Fanning Fellowship on a Leadership Georgia alumnus/alumna through a contribution of $1,000 in his or her name.

J.W. Fanning Fellows receive:

  • Recognition in the Leadership Georgia directory
  • Engraved plaque
  • 2 Tickets to Fanning Fellow reception during Alumni Weekend

To learn more, please call 404.223.2294 or email

71 Society Estate Planning Fund

In 1971, the founders of Leadership Georgia began to plan for the first program class, which took place the following year. They knew the development of emerging leaders would be critical for Georgia to prosper. The ’71 Society was created to foster giving
through estate plans and strengthen the foundation for the Leadership Georgia classes of tomorrow.

Benefits of Giving

  • Minimize gift and estate taxes
  • Minimize or even eliminate capital gains tax
  • Diversify assets without incurring capital gains tax
  • Maximize charitable deductions
  • Maximize effectiveness of your gift

Giving Options

A bequest provides for the transfer by will of a specific asset – generally a named sum or a percentage of the value of the estate. The way the gift is made can be tailored to meet the special needs of family and friends. Donors may choose to give without restriction, allowing the leadership to use future funds in a way that meets changing needs and priorities with maximum flexibility.

In many cases a combination of estate taxes, income taxes, and generation-skipping transfer taxes can consume nearly 80% of a retirement plan account such as an IRA. Gifting your plan to Leadership Georgia would eliminate the income tax, generation-skipping tax, and the estate tax on the funds in the plan. To gift an IRA or 401K you need to fill out a Beneficiary Designation/Change Form naming Leadership Georgia Foundation as your beneficiary and file it with your plan administrator.

Using life insurance many donors can make a substantially larger gift than by giving any other asset. To gift an existing policy a donor simply needs to complete a change of ownership form, naming the Leadership Georgia Foundation as the new policy owner. To gift a new policy a donor needs to purchase a policy naming the Leadership Georgia Foundation as the owner of the policy.

For those individuals who desire a separately invested trust to provide for loved ones, as well as for Leadership Georgia, there are a number of options provided by charitable remainder trusts. The trust holds assets for a term of years (up to 20) or for the lifetime of those individuals who are designated as income beneficiaries. At the conclusion of the trust the assets are given to the designated charities to be used as the donor directed.


Leadership Georgia Foundation is prepared to discuss with you and your financial advisors the full benefits of planned gifts.

For more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact the Leadership Georgia Foundation at 404-223- 2294 or