• Our Mission.

    GivingPoint seeks to unleash the passion and energy of young people to create an unprecedented level of civic engagement – to create caring hearts and entrepreneurial minds.

We exist

to help youth discover their unique passion, fuel their spark, elevate their ideas, and share their stories to create a better, more connected, and more socially responsible world.

We carry out our mission

by being a nationwide community-based youth development organization that inspires a passion for learning and service through hands-on volunteer opportunities and virtual education modules.

Amy oversees all things GivingPoint and helps guide the strategic direction of the organization. View Profile

Amy Gates

Executive Director

Amy Gates

Executive Director

Amy Gates stepped into the role of Executive Director in the spring of 2017 and has quickly worked to help move GivingPoint forward and continue along a path of growth and expansion. Her focus is on development and finding strategic partnerships that will help GivingPoint reach the next level of success.

Amy comes from a strong education background, working in Connecticut for many years, and recently has worked in executive-level roles within nonprofits in North Georgia.

De'Andre is responsible for ITP programming. View Profile

Dr. De’Andre Pickett

Associate Program Manager

Dr. De’Andre Pickett

Associate Program Manager

De’Andre Pickett, Ed.D., joined the GivingPoint team in the fall of 2018 as the Associate Program Manager for the South Fulton region, focusing on GivingPoint programming inside the perimeter.

Paige is responsible for OTP programming. View Profile

Paige Whalen

Associate Program Manager

Paige Whalen

Associate Program Manager

Paige Whalen joined the GivingPoint team in the fall of 2018 as the Associate Program Manager for the North Fulton region, focusing on GivingPoint programming outside the perimeter.

Jessica Wuensch

Marketing and Communications Manager

Jessica Wuensch

Marketing and Communications Manager

Jessica joined the GivingPoint team in October 2017 and is the person behind all of GivingPoint’s marketing efforts. Jessica’s main goal is to help share the GivingPoint story and to promote and showcase the amazing work that the students are doing. In her role, she manages all of GivingPoint’s social media accounts, email communications, and external marketing efforts, and aims for a clear and consistent branding and messaging. What she is most passionate about is the way that GivingPoint equips and serves students, because GivingPoint is something she would have loved to be involved with when she was in high school.

Jessica graduated from Ohio University in 2016 with a double major in Visual Communication and Strategic Communications, with a minor in Spanish. In September of 2017 she moved from Ohio down to Atlanta, partially for the opportunity to work with GivingPoint, and partially to make a change and move to the “big city.” She has loved living in East Atlanta and exploring everything the city has to offer.

Derek’s vision for GivingPoint has helped hundreds of teenagers over the the past 10 years. View Profile

Derek Smith

Founder of GivingPoint

Derek Smith

Founder of GivingPoint

Derek Smith spent his entire career in the technology field and studied the incredible benefits and detrimental consequences that technology has brought to the human condition. He has seen the ways technology can be isolating and all consuming. He realizes that society will never reject the technology that dominates our daily lives, but he believes humanity deserves the awareness and tools to balance their perspectives. That is why he is committed to bringing solutions to bear that will generate a human renaissance and create a more connected, compassionate, socially responsible world.

Despite the many challenges and technological influences that youth must overcome to succeed in life, Derek understands that youth have the desire to discover themselves, relate to the world around them and give back in significant ways. Derek is passionate about growing the citizen sector and filling the world with passionately engaged youth who can harness their passion to strengthen communities.

Derek founded GivingPoint in an attempt to provide a mechanism to stimulate youth to understand the world around them, nurture their passion, create strong bonds, and take action to impact long lasting change. GivingPoint helps young people become aware of the needs of others and critical societal issues affecting their lives.

In addition to focusing his talents to empower youth to develop a better world, he is the Chairman and CEO of the Institute of Global Prescience, an interdisciplinary non-profit research, education and service organization dedicated to the pursuit of prescience– foreknowledge that anticipates global events and trends that are yet unseen. The Institute seeks to harness the passion of individuals to anticipate issues through clue detection engines that identify inflection points in technological, financial and social systems.

Derek is the former Chairman and CEO of ChoicePoint, a leading provider of decision-making technology and information and a recognized leader in corporate citizenship, information security and personal privacy protection. Under his leadership, ChoicePoint gave birth to innovative products and services that created a safer and more secure society. ChoicePoint helped recover more than 1,000 missing children. It created the first national background screening service for non-profit volunteers that identified over 200,000 convicted criminals attempting to work with children – including 2,700 registered sex offenders. Additionally, ChoicePoint’s philanthropic initiatives and employee volunteer efforts won the company recognition from groups as diverse as the US Department of Justice, the US Chamber of Commerce, Hands on Network and Points of Light Institute.

Derek serves on the Board of Directors for the Georgia Aquarium and Geeknet. He serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Georgia and is a minority owner of the Atlanta Falcons. He resides in Georgia with his wife, Lisa, and two children.

Leah Williamson

Director of Programs

Leah Williamson

Director of Programs

Leah Williamson serves as the Secretary of the Board for GivingPoint and Administrator of the Myfifident Foundation. She comes to the Foundation with over 30 years of administrative assistance expertise across a broad spectrum of business entities having supported executives in the high tech, temporary services and print manufacturing arenas.

Most recently, she worked directly for and supported Derek Smith in his role as Chairman and CEO of ChoicePoint Inc. until the sale of the company was consummated in the fall of 2008. Leah resides in the Cummings area with her husband, Jim, and their two “children” – their dogs – Sophie and Katy.

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