The Donovan’s Venom is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to taking music, arts, and entertainment to those who need it the most.
The organization was founded in 2014 by The Donovan, a musician and philanthropist based in Atlanta, Georgia. Being a musician, The Donovan understands the impact music can have on one’s lives and is passionate about providing access to music for those who may not be able to afford it.
The word “Venom” is often associated with negativity and harm, but we have chosen to repurpose the name to represent something positive. In our organization, “Venom” represents the power and strength that can be harnessed for good. The best thing about venom is that it’s INFECTIOUS! We believe that everyone has the potential to make a positive impact on the world, and we are committed to empowering individuals to use their own “venom” to create change.
Keep reading to see some of the projects that we have done!
We provide music scholarships for eligible community members to receive free music lessons.
We welcome students of all levels and have provided lessons to teach piano, guitar, vocals, music theory, and more. Students under scholarship are also given free access to books and learning materials from The Donovan’s Piano Room.
Through our scholarship programs, students have learned to enhance their creativity, develop more curiosity for music, and gain a sense of achievement for their hard work.
Our benefit concerts are a fun night out for community members to support local artists and enjoy live entertainment together. The goal is to bring the arts to those who otherwise would not be able to afford to enjoy them, in creative and special ways.
Our benefit concerts have featured talented musicians, Singers, dancers, actors, and more.
All proceeds from our concerts go back to our organization to fund our scholarships, future concerts, and community service projects.
Every holiday season since 2020, we partner with local community members for our the annual toy drive. We collect toys for children of various ages and distribute them to families in the Atlanta area.
To date, we have collected over $30,000.00 worth of toys to give to over 600 families via our toy drives. We plan to continue with this tradition every holiday season.
During Thanksgiving, we team up with local food kitchens, organizations, and shelters to serve meals for families in need, with an emphasis on women, children, and youth shelters.
We collect, prepare, and serve the food with the help of a team of amazing volunteers. We are honored to have served meals to hundreds of community members in need of nutritious food.