Positive Impact records, 1993-2005

Emory University

Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library

Atlanta, GA 30322



Permanent link: http://pid.emory.edu/ark:/25593/g2g3g

Collection Stored Off-Site

All or portions of this collection are housed off-site. Materials can still be requested but researchers should expect a delay of up to two business days for retrieval.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Positive Impact, Inc.
Title: Positive Impact records, 1993-2005
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 1300
Extent: 15.5 linear feet (16 boxes, 2 oversized paper (OP), and 2 oversized bound volumes (OBV))
Abstract:Records of the AIDS relief organization, Positive Impact, including administrative records, financial records, photographs, and printed material that document the organization’s work in Atlanta, Georgia.
Language:Materials entirely in English.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection stored off-site. Researchers must contact the Rose Library in advance to access this collection.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

All requests subject to limitations noted in departmental policies on reproduction.


Gift of Paul Pate, Executive Director of Positive Impact, 2014 and 2016


[after identification of item(s)], Positive Impact records, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University.


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Collection Description

Historical Note

Positive Impact is an Atlanta, Georgia, non-profit organization whose mission is to eliminate the risk of HIV transmission and to empower those affected by HIV through education and mental health and substance abuse treatment services. The organization was founded in 1993 by Dr. Christopher Allers and Paul Plate in response to the HIV care needs of Atlanta’s stigmatized and low-income communities as well as their affected partners, family members, friends and caregivers. In 1994, the agency received funding from Housing Opportunities for People with AIDS (HOPWA) to provide mental health case management to homeless people with HIV, and from 1995 through the 2000s, they helped people with AIDS secure funding through the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency Act (Ryan White CARE Act). Positive Impact is well recognized for their work in the AIDS community. The organization was a finalist for the Managing for Excellence Award from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in 1997 and the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta presented the agency with the 2000 J.C. Penny Golden Rule Award for volunteer services. In 2000, the Chief Executive Officer of the organization received the John Kappers AIDS Community Service Award, one of Atlanta’s most prestigious awards for HIV-related services. He was also awarded a Fellowship to the Center for Social Innovation Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University in 2002.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the records of the non-profit community based organization, Positive Impact. Included are financial and administrative records as well as photographs, printed material, and subject files. Financial records cover the organization’s work with grants and funding for their educational programs as well as supporting people living with AIDS. Administrative records include memoranda, agendas, and minutes of the organization. Subject and program files document projects such as Lunch and Learns, World AIDS Day, and other training for people working with members of the public. Also included are photographs of people and events sponsored by the organizations as well as reports, primarily by the Fulton County Government Ryan White Emergency Relief Program on the unmet needs of Atlanta eligible metropolitan area, on topics affecting those with HIV and AIDS. Other materials document the work that Positive Impact did with HOPWA, the Department of Human Resources, and the Ryan White CARE Act.

Arrangement Note

Arranged and described at the file level by Carrie Hintz, 2018.

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Container List

Box Folder Content
12 - Administrative Files

Includes Board of Director files, files related to the 1996 AIDS Walk, and records of the Consumer Advisory Board

13 - Administrative Files

Includes records of the Consumer Advisory Board, Grant Applications, and Real Estate Files

14 - Administrative Files

Includes general administrative files, notebooks kept by Paul Plate, and marketing and communication material

16 - Born Digital files
1 - Printed material and subject/program files
13 - Program Files

Includes records related to Positive Impact's Education and Community Outreach programs, including program content and evaluations

2 - Subject/program files
3 - Subject/program files, grant materials, and financial records
4 - Photographs
5 - Grant materials and financial records
6 - Department of Human Resources records
7 - Ryan White CARE Act records, project files, HOPWA records
8 - HOPWA records, printed materials, and awards
9 - Awards and subject/program files
10 - Subject/program files, reports, and administrative records
11 - Printed material, reports, and administrative records
OP1 - Posters
OP2 - Marketing and Communications material
OBV1 - Scrapbook
OBV2 - Photograph album