Among America’s front-line nonprofits, The Giving Kitchen offers transparency and accountability to our donors and stakeholders.

Where we get our money, how we use it, and the impact those dollars have on our community are critical pieces of information that underscore our organization’s overall value and daily effectiveness.

Financial Overview: Where We Get Our Money

To help ensure its own sustainability, The Giving Kitchen has a unique hybrid structure as a nonprofit with a for-profit subsidiary. The for-profit subsidiary is Staplehouse — a casual fine-dining restaurant in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward with Chef Ryan Smith (formerly of Empire State South) at the helm. 100% of Staplehouse’s net profits will be channeled back to its nonprofit parent, as an ongoing stream of support.

What this means is that The Giving Kitchen has four strong sources of support:
• Restaurants and their employees
• Extended restaurant industry suppliers and distributors
• Individuals and corporations not affiliated with the restaurant industry
• Staplehouse, a high-profile restaurant owned as a subsidiary

Like most other direct service nonprofits, TGK receives charitable contributions through individual donations, private foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, and signature events and fundraisers.

Financial Responsibility: How We Use our Donor’s Dollars
Key Stats
  • 75% of budget supports program expenses
  • 10% of budget supports administrative expenses
  • 15% of budget supports fundraising and development expenses

2015 IRS 990                    2014 IRS 990                        2013 IRS 990

TGK is busy developing a safety net of additional resources that we are able to refer individuals to who may need more help than we can provide.


Number of people served annually
  Total Amount Awarded Workers Awarded
Estimated Restaurant Workers
2014 $282,351 150 235,000
2015 $319,034 183 240,000
2016 $499,850 267 245,000
2017 $700,000 projected 450 projected 250,000
Total $1,800,000 1050
Our research shows that there are over 250,000 restaurant workers in the City of Atlanta. At any given time, 1-2% are facing unanticipated crisis.
Compensation & Benefits

In a time of falling wages and a depleted middle class, we’re committed to providing fair wages and good benefits to our employees. We also believe in being up-front about our personnel costs; delivering top-quality services to the 250,000 restaurant workers who may be experiencing unanticipated hardship at any time is no small task and we’re proud to employ and insure 5 committed, talented individuals to support the work of The Giving Kitchen full-time.