FFL President’s Message

Our Mission

Friends For Life (FFL) Foundation, Inc., is organized exclusively for the purposes of charitable, religious, educational and scientific endeavors. The purpose of this organization is:
To support quality of life improvement for the disadvantaged.
To financially assist individuals and organizations in our community which enhance education, family, health, economic empowerment and the arts.
FFL is organized solely for non-profit purposes, as defined in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Our Vision

To be the premier foundation that organizations seek to support and partner with financially to enrich the lives of disadvantaged youth and adults in the greater Atlanta area.

Our Actions

FFL matches resources to identify community needs through the establishment of a formal grant request process. By providing donations and various resources, FFL remains focused on our mission to uphold our commitment to the communities of North Fulton and the surrounding metro-Atlanta area.

Our Plans

FFL’s focus is on Programs for North Fulton County, Georgia, and the surrounding metro-Atlanta community. Program areas involve education/scholarship support, economic empowerment, career workshops and overall health and well-being for the family, including:

    • Scholarships and financial assistance to undergraduate students in the community via Strands of Elegance Cotillion program.
    • Financial assistance to organizations such as the Foster Care Support Foundation of North Fulton, North Fulton Community Charities, the Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF), Fulton County Library System, Habitat for Humanity and the NAACP.
    • Health awareness programs to foster a climate of wellbeing.

Service Area

North Fulton County, Georgia

Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia Communities

2021 Board of Directors


CEO *** Vanessa J. Payne
President * Shevawn Broxton Young
Vice President * Shawanna Fowler
Secretary * Christy Dennis
Treasurer ** Kea Westmoreland
Financial Secretary DeRetta Rhodes
Assistant Financial Secretary**
Director Sondra Anderson
Director Lauryn Durham
Director Antoinette Johnson
Director Marion Sailer
Director Rhonda Taylor


2021 Committees & Chairmen

Cotillion Patria Mitchell, Dionne Lackey, & Zelphia Hawkins
Finance+ Kea Westmoreland
Fundraising+ DeRetta Rhodes
Governance Shawanna Fowler
Grants Fund Development+ Judy Thomas, Naderia Wade, & Carlene Redmond
Marketing & Public Relations Lisa Rayam Tucker
Nominating Committee

Paulissa Bullock, Michele Gandy, & Dionne Lackey

Scholarships and Awards+ Denise Tennessee & Tangela Simmons Webster
Signature Program Sondra Anderson & Elaine Thomas
Technology Carla Giles, Leola Griffith, Tiara Nibbs, Natasha Ptomey, Mercedes Stevenson, & Nina Renee Woods
*Member of the Executive Committee

**Designated Officer

+Standing Committee


The Mission of Friends For Life Foundation, Inc. is to support quality of life improvements for the disadvantaged in North Fulton. Georgia. This is accomplished by securing charitable contributions, gifts and donations to award scholarships and grants to members of our community.

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Friends for Life Foundation, Inc.

10800 Alpharetta Highway

Suite 208, #608

Roswell, Georgia 30076

Email:  information@friendsforlifega.org