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Educating and Linking Donors

Community foundations hold a great deal of knowledge. Connected to both donors and nonprofit organizations, community foundations are acutely aware of both the needs of a given community, and the pool of resources available. In addition to mediating the funding process, community foundations are equipped to transfer their knowledge to real world needs: connecting donors […]

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AACF and Local Funders Help Families Meet Transporation Needs in Athens-Clarke County

In March 2015, the Athens Area Community Foundation funded an initiative to provide bus passes for parents to attend Spring Parent Teacher conferences at Gaines School Elementary School. Nearly all of the families who received passes live in the Nellie B. community, and have no means of getting to school but by public bus. A […]

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Georgia Community Foundations Gather to build leadership and Collaboration

With the support of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development, the Athens Area Community Foundation convened Community Foundation CEOs from across the state for peer-to-peer capacity building. Though few in number (there are fourteen statewide), Georgia’s community foundations collectively control more than $1.2 billion in charitable assets, accepted more than $231 million in new […]

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Legacy #2: Reflections on the Paul Boumbulian Social Entrepreneurship Fund and Learning Community

Imagine the healing powers of a supportive retreat, a stroll around a labyrinth inviting you to connect with inner thoughts, or a conversation brought forth from an inspiring poem. In the non-profit realm, personal well-being and growth may often be overlooked for the sake of the needs of the organization or client. Many non-profit leaders […]

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Legacy #2: Update on Community Connection’s Community Platform

Since our last issue, Community Connection of Northeast Georgia has been hard at work implementing the Community Platform software package with funding from AACF. The Community Platform’s searchable database is a critical component of a broader effort to enable donors, social service agencies, and the community to identify needs and leverage resources to better address […]

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Legacy #2: Area Organizations Team-up to Bring Financial Literacy and Support to Athens-Area Residents

It’s a Tuesday afternoon, and a new cohort of Money Management students has taken their seats in class. Today’s subject is budgeting, a vital tool in combating the cycle of scarcity. Recognizing the power of financial literacy and education in providing local residents with the tools to support themselves and their families, a group of […]

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Legacy #1: Community Platform Software Has Transformative Potential for Philanthropic Giving in Northeast Georgia

Community-level action is where progress must occur to address community problems, beat back poverty, improve education, and reach our nation’s potential… – The Community Platform Website Thanks to a $3,500 matching grant this summer from the Athens Area Community, Community Connection of Northeast Georgia has purchased a cutting-edge engagement, analysis, and leadership tool called The […]

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Legacy #1: Donor Advised Funds Help Kitchen Garden Corps Project Bear Significant Fruit at Clarke Middle School in Athens

Earlier this spring, UGA’s Wick Prichard brought a proposal for a middle school kitchen garden project to AACF’s Delene Porter for consideration. Prichard, an AmeriCorps VISTA out of UGA’s Office of Service-Learning, hoped to secure partial funding for a five-week summer program designed for Clarke Middle students to work in the school garden and kitchen […]

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Giving Family Values: Carrying on the Fisher legacy of service

Dexter and Carlos Fisher used their Fund- the Vivian and Mamie Fisher Educational Fund- to help Ebenezer Baptist Church West provide scholarships to three college-bound Athenians who demonstrated a commitment to the community. Vivian and Mamie Fisher devoted themselves to learning and community service. Education enriched their own lives and each woman used her knowledge […]

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The Briscoe Family Foundation Fund & The Charles Briscoe Memorial Fund

“The AACF is a facilitator for smart giving. Even though I have things that are near and dear to my heart I didn’t want there to be anything that I missed, and that’s the biggest reason that I chose AACF. Tere’s no way that one individual would be able to cover as many bases as […]

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