Posting Date: February 12, 2011
Kennesaw State alumna heads local nonprofit
Social 360 connects volunteers with people in need
By Caitlin Amick
Executive Directors of Social 360 and KSU alumnae Angela Elliott (right) and Molly Branch
Elliot and friends volunteering for Trees Atlanta Mulch Project
Photos courtesy of Angela Elliott
Social 360 was founded in 2006 as a way for young professionals to gather together and learn about local nonprofits and the needs of the Atlanta community. Now run by two Kennesaw State University alumnae, Social 360 calls itself “the nonprofit for nonprofits.” It promotes social awareness by holding special events and connecting volunteers with organizations in need of their time and skills.
Angela Elliott (art, 2010) began her work with Social 360 while she was still studying graphic design at Kennesaw State. She became involved after KSU communication major Molly Branch asked her to design a flier for an upcoming Social 360 event. As soon as she learned about it, Elliott was instantly drawn to the organization. She explains, “Having been an avid volunteer all my life, I loved the mission of Social 360 and knew I wanted to get more involved. When you work with a nonprofit, typically it is focused on one cause. But with this organization, you’re able to do a little bit of everything. That was what peaked my interest the most, and I knew I was going to be a part of something special.”
Elliott joined Social 360 as volunteer coordinator. She was also responsible for developing marketing and advertising materials, and she was able to connect these duties with her school assignments. “It was a learning process on many levels. I learned to multitask, work under pressure, and I gained the confidence that I could really do this.” Elliott also credits KSU for helping her develop many of the skills she uses on a daily basis. “I couldn’t do any of the graphics and marketing for Social 360 or any of our clients without my degree.”
Elliott is now the co-executive director of Social 360. She also works full time as the lead designer and creative director at Lift Retail Marketing Technology. “My job keeps me pretty busy, but I learned how to handle multitasking while being in school. I love what I do, and that really does make a difference. It doesn’t feel like work.”
Social 360 has three events planned for the spring. In March, it is working with Project Karma and Show Me the Way Foundation to hold the first ever Show Me Karma Teen Summit, which will focus on fostering youth empowerment and building self-esteem. In April, the organization is partnering with Piedmont Park Conservancy to help with its 5K race, and in May, it is hosting a Casino Night for the Wilkins Parkinson’s Foundation, where the winner of the poker tournament will win a buy-in to Vegas for the World Series of Poker.
The organization is working towards establishing its 501(c)3 status, an important step in ensuring its continued growth. Volunteers interested in getting involved with the organization can e-mail Angela Elliott at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the website.