Site Visits

11, 12

To introduce students to examples of the major types of nonprofit organization: arts, education, environment, health, religion, and social services.  Each site is representative of a nonprofit category and the visit is to give students an example of opportunities for giving.

PrintUp to 4 hours, depending on activity and travel time.

Students will:

  • Develop a better understanding of reasons to give based on a particular passion
  • Learn about the purpose of each organization and how and why they rely on charitable giving
  • Continue class discussions about where and how to give most effectively
  • Get off campus and into their community to learn about community issues being addressed by nonprofit organizations


Philanthropy 101 introduces students to examples of nonprofit organizations that represent each sub-sector of the nonprofit sector.  Examples of site visits in Atlanta (where The Westminster Schools is located) include:

  1. Arts: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Fox Theatre, The High Museum, Woodruff Arts Center
  2. Education: Charles R. Drew Charter School, Emory University Goizueta Business School, Morehouse College, The Westminster Schools
  3. Environment: Atlanta Botanical Garden, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Environment Georgia Research & Policy Center, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Upper Chattahoochee Riverkeeper
  4. Health: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Good Samaritan Health Clinic, Grady Memorial Hospital, Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital Campus, Shepherd Spinal Center, Wesley Woods Geriatric Center
  5. Religion: Atlanta Masjid of Al- Islam, Cathedral of St. Philip, Monastery of the Holy Spirit, The Temple, the United Methodist Children’s Home
  6. Social Services: American Red Cross, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Habitat for Humanity, Project Open Hand, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Senior Citizens Services of Atlanta
  7. Foundations: The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, The Coca-Cola Foundation



Brochures and handouts distributed during the presentation that may include budgets, capital campaigns and operational needs

A presentation (oral or via PowerPoint)

The “How to Conduct a Site Visit” Handout offers guidance on what to do during a visit and what to ask to learn about the organization and the needs it serves


  1. Representative provides a tour of the facility.

  2. A presentation is given by a representative of the organization (such as a development staff member or an executive director), giving attention to key issues for nonprofit organizations, such as fundraising campaigns, annual budget, and sources of funding.


Students will ask pertinent questions and indicate a better understanding of each organization.