About AACF

The Athens Area Community Foundation works to help passionate donors leave permanent legacies, foster strategic philanthropy, and shape effective responses to community needs through collaboration.

Our history is rooted in the trusted leadership and focus of community members committed to mobilizing resources for the greater good. Established in 2008, we are nearing a decade of remarkable development and growth. With $6.3 million in assets under our umbrella, we are focused on expanding our ability to serve as a public grantmaking foundation partnering with donors, nonprofits, and institutions to grow, preserve, and share philanthropic assets.

Serving Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe.

Our Mission

The Athens Area Community Foundation helps passionate donors leave permanent legacies, serves as a well-informed grantmaker, and shapes effective responses to community needs through collaboration. As a public grantmaking foundation we partner with donors, nonprofits, and community institutions to build, distribute and preserve philanthropic assets that will enhance quality of life in the Athens area for generations to come.

We are here for good, for ever…

Our Vision

The community foundation is a catalyzing force that creates a better future for all by increasing strategic philanthropy and inclusively uniting people, institutions, and resources to address the community’s most critical challenges and exciting opportunities.

The Athens Area Community Foundation envisions a community with sufficient philanthropic resources, harnessed to enhance civic engagement, a vibrant regional economy, a nimble workforce, effective schools, affordable housing, accessible healthcare, efficient public transportation, supportive services for the most vulnerable, strong cultural amenities, and environmental sustainability.

Our Service Area

While our donors may make grants to qualified charities anywhere in the country, the vast majority of the Athens Area Community Foundation’s grantmaking stays within our 6 county community that includes: Athens-Clarke, Oconee, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, and Oglethorpe.