About AACF

Athens Area Community Foundation helps passionate donors leave permanent legacies, fosters strategic philanthropy, and shapes effective responses to community needs through collaboration.

Headquartered in Athens, Georgia, the foundation strives to improve the quality of life in a six county region of Northeast Georgia including Athens-Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee and Oglethorpe counties.

AACF stewards $6 million in community assets among its 70 Donor Advised Funds, Agency Endowments, Project Funds, Charitable Remainder Trusts, and Bequests. Through AACF, donors have made over $1.5 million in grants to diverse organizations. By joining AACF, you join a local organization with deep roots in the community engaged in a broad spectrum of interventions to address community needs.

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.