We’re Pleased to Launch Our New Website

Project Gift, Inc., is proud to launch our new website, ProjectGift.org.  For those who are not familiar with our 501c3 organization, our mission is ” to connect a sense of dignity and pride to the joys of earning and giving to others.  The program’s key component is to instill self-confidence and personal achievement in each student.”

While Project Gift is currently only offered in specific Atlanta public elementary schools, it is designed to be transportable to other communities.   It is our hope that this website will introduce our mission to a broader market segment and that others might want to initiate this concept in their own schools.

Project Gift, Inc., has developed tools and applications which can be used to support new initiatives and we would be happy to discuss the requirements of bringing this program to your area.

Here is a little information about us!

Project Gift is a unique program that gives students the opportunity to learn the joy of giving to others.

Project Gift was started in 2009 with the mission of creating a program connecting the joy of giving through individual endeavor and achievement. The program was initiated by Debbie Liss and Susie Deyo and their daughters Louisa Liss Zufi and Emery Deyo Bourne, all of whom have a history of being involved in community service.  In partnership with Whitefoord Community Program and the Whitefoord Elementary School, an inner-city Atlanta public school, the program was designed to award daily achievement points based on attendance, good citizenship, academic achievement and personal conduct.

These points are redeemed at a one-day Christmas shop in December, stocked and staffed by Project Gift volunteers.  An important aspect of Project Gift is that all the gifts purchased by the children are for their family members, not for themselves.

The program, which was initiated for 50 preschool students, has now grown to accommodate over 500 lower school students.  The proven success of Project Gift is exhibited through some of the attached videos from prior years.
Funding and in-kind donations are provided by individuals, foundations, and corporations.

Project Gift is a vibrant, working model connecting the reward of hard work to the understanding of the joy of giving to others.


Project Gift at Fred A Toomer Elementary School

After 8 wonderful years at Whitefoord Elementary School with over 320 students, Project Gift is now moving to Fred A Toomer Elementary School with an enrollment of more than 500.   Happily many of the children we served at Whitefoord’s have also moved on to Fred A. Toomer as Whitefoord has become a preschool.

While we will miss our good friends at Whitefoord we are glad to be joining with Toomer Elementary to continue and expand Project Gift’s reach.

Check Out the video see learn more about our wonderful relationship with Whitefoord Elementary.

Article By: Lance Roberts