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Today, the Athens Area Community Foundation is a vibrant and vital organization serving the region. Learn about how we are growing giving for the community we love.

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Investing in our community

We believe in helping grow vibrant, healthy communities. That’s why we partner with you to invest in our region through strategic grantmaking. We are deeply involved in our community, which means we can help you quickly and expertly deploy funds where they will make the biggest impact. We connect you to causes you care about, helping you give with purpose and create a dynamic legacy.

While we’re headquartered in Athens, we serve Barrow, Clarke, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, and Oglethorpe Counties.

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How it Works

We help you grow your charitable giving, connect you with causes that align with your giving goals, and ensure your gift will do good work, now and forever.

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Look at what we’re accomplishing together!

Our history is rooted in the trusted leadership and focus of community members committed to mobilizing resources for the greater good.


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We help our donors make grants to qualified nonprofit organizations. Since inception, our donors have awarded more than $14 million in grants.

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We work with professional advisors to create giving plans that meet their clients’ charitable and financial goals.

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As part of creating a dynamic legacy in our community, we provide education and mentoring so that our nonprofits can effectively raise, use, and preserve the resources they need to fulfill their missions.

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Community Story
“I know Sarah [McKinney, President & CEO of Athens Area Community Foundation,] and the other staff. They have their finger on the pulse of the community. That’s why I love it so much. That’s why we continue to support it,” said Rod. “I just think the community foundation is the eyes and ears of the community. They know what the challenges are. They have the ability to be very broad-based.”

“We couldn’t take it on ourselves to find the individuals who needed help, but we knew we could give to a local organization,” added Ethel.

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