Atlas Systems maintains a dynamic outreach program that encompasses volunteerism, corporate giving and cause marketing. Both the company and its employees actively strive to make a positive impact in our industry, our communities and our world.

Atlas Systems’ primary charitable programs

The Sarah Cannon Fund.  Atlas Systems started "Team Stryker" in 2014 as a fundraising effort tied into the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, Half Marathon and Shamrock 8k.  Team Stryker is a group of walkers and runners who participate in the race to raise money for the Sarah Cannon Cancer Center in Tennessee, in grateful thanks for the treatment Ares Product Liaison Rich Stryker received there.

To support “Team Stryker,” please donate to the Sarah Cannon Fund.   Please reference “Team Stryker” either on the “In Memory of/In Honor of” field on the website– this is the only way we will be able to track the donations!  If you have any questions about donations, please contact Dan Specht at Atlas Systems.

The Sarah Cannon Fund, established by PearlPoint Cancer Support, allows you to honor those who’ve been impacted by cancer and to express the gratitude you feel for those who’ve helped along the way. The Sarah Cannon Fund supports the efforts of PearlPoint Cancer Support, an independent 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, and its mission to create a more confident cancer journey for adults anytime, anywhere. Support of the Fund enables the continuation of quality, innovative services for those impacted by cancer, with a special focus on promoting the awareness of and education around clinical trials. Additional information about the Sarah Cannon Fund

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is responsible for stimulating and supporting excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials to adults, and the provision of reference and information services, collection development, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library. Atlas Systems supports the RUSA mission with two programs.

The STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award offers $1,250 to fund travel expenses associated with attending ALA’s annual conference. The chosen recipient is a library practitioner who is new to the field of interlibrary loan/document delivery or electronic reserves, and who has daily, hands-on involvement in the areas of borrowing, lending, document delivery, electronic reserves, material delivery, or resource sharing. Learn more at STARS-Atlas Systems Mentoring Award.

Atlas Systems also sponsors the Everything You Always Wanted to Know about ILL workshop, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting by the RUSA STARS Education & Training Committee.  The Atlas sponsorship enables RUSA to offer this workshop focused on resource sharing best practices free of charge to attendees. The sponsorship includes hosting the workshop’s registration page and helps fund promotion of the workshop as well as sharing information before and after the event. Learn more at

The Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries (RBMS) plays a leading role in local, national, and international special collections communities, representing and promoting the interests of librarians, curators, and other specialists who work with rare books, manuscripts and other types of special collections. In partnership with ACRL, RBMS offers scholarships to defray registration and travel expenses for more than a dozen first-time attendees at its annual professional development conference. RBMS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and the special collections and archival professions. Each year several scholarships are designated for applicants from professionally underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, both professional librarians and qualified students. Since 2008, Atlas Systems has sponsored a conference breakfast for scholarship winners to meet one another and RBMS and ACRL leaders. To learn more about the RBMS scholarship program, visit the RBMS website.

Rare Book School (RBS) is an independent non-profit educational institute based at the University of Virginia that supports the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Each year, RBS offers approximately 30 five-day, non-credit-bearing courses on topics concerning rare books, manuscripts, and special collections at its facilities in Charlottesville as well as affiliated institutions. Since 2001, RBS has awarded a number of scholarships each year thanks to contributions from individual donors, corporate sponsors and government and foundation grants. In making its awards, the RBS Scholarship Committee gives special consideration to applicants in the beginning phases of their professional careers, or who represent under-served communities or institutions. The Committee is especially interested in supporting first-time attendees. Since 2009, Atlas Systems has supported annually a full-tuition scholarship for a deserving RBS student selected by the Committee. More information about the Atlas Systems RBS scholarship, including application procedures and a listing of past recipients, may be found on the Rare Book School website.

Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer (RHFC) aims to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families in the Richmond area and around the world. RHFC donates 100 percent of its profits to charities like the American and Canadian Cancer Societies, ACS Relay for Life – Mechanicsville, and local treatment facilities, as well as directly to families of area patients undergoing cancer therapy. Since its founding in 2003, this charitable organization has raised more than $100,000 in the fight against cancer. Their 5th Annual Hockey for Hope charity hockey event, held in March in association with the National Hockey League Hockey Fights Cancer program, raised over $17,000 for cancer research, education and prevention. Learn more at Richmond Hockey Fights Cancer.

The Virginia Beach SPCA is the only private animal shelter in the region to accept any companion animal that comes through its doors, regardless of age, breed, health, or temperament. With an operating budget of $2.6 Million, the Virginia Beach SPCA receives NO taxpayer or government funding, and relies solely on the generosity of the public to raise the $6,500 per day it takes to care for the 7,000 animals that come into the facility each year. The Virginia Beach SPCA strives to create a more compassionate community with a decreased tolerance for cruelty; several programs help support that mission including humane education programs that reach over 27,000 local students annually, pet therapy for nursing and medical facilities, and programs for at-risk youth. In addition to a full-service, low-cost veterinary clinic on premises, the VBSPCA also offers the Neuter Scooter, a mobile spay/neuter clinic, as a resource to the community. Find out more at Virginia Beach SPCA.