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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.

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“Our fund with the Athens Area Community Foundation is not simply a savings account. It’s a signal to stakeholders that we exercise care with our dollars. It is a bulwark against uncertainty and volatility. Most importantly, it is an entry point into conversations with other fund holders and community members about how we can leverage resources – together – for the betterment of our community.”

Leslie Williams Hale
Executive Director, Books for Keeps

Make a Larger Impact

When you give through the Athens Area Community Foundation, not only are you supporting issues you care deeply about, but you’re also making a collective impact on the entire community. An impact that is bigger, more responsive, and longer-lasting than can be accomplished alone. As we like to say, we help you create a dynamic legacy.

We understand that giving is about more than just giving dollars, so we work to involve you – and your entire family if desired – in giving back to your local community. The philanthropists who give through us seek to share their time, talent, and treasure and want to know their contributions will produce significant, widely shared, lasting results.

By creating a fund at the Athens Area Community Foundation, you leverage our strength to support the causes that matter to you and ensure that your “giving values” are passed on to the next generation.

Ten reasons why people choose to give through the Athens Area Community Foundation

  1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community and broad expertise regarding community issues and needs.
  2. You, as a donor, have grantmaking flexibility.
  3. There are no set-up costs for creating a fund at the Athens Area Community Foundation. Annual expenses are limited to low administrative and investment fees.
  4. We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.
  5. We offer maximum tax advantage for most gifts as per federal law.
  6. Your fund benefits from our expert investment management.
  7. You can involve your family in the charitable giving process by naming successor advisors, without the complexity of managing a private foundation.
  8. We work with your professional advisors to support your charitable goals.
  9. You can multiply the impact of your gift dollars by using us to leverage additional funds and target programs that support our community.
  10. By giving through us, you have access to a well-known community leader. We coordinate with agencies and harness resources to create positive change.

Leave a Legacy

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Benefits to Donors

The Community Foundation exists as a community savings account making sure that a donor’s gift will do good work, now and in the future.

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Ways to Give

We enable individuals and organizations to easily and effectively support the issues they care about – immediately or through their will or estate plan.

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Types of Funds

We’ll help you find the fund that best matches your personal approach to giving and meets all of your charitable objectives

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Establish a Fund

Establishing your own named charitable fund is easy, and the Athens Area Community Foundation provides a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving.

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Become a Donor

The Athens Area Community Foundation is a public grantmaking foundation that builds community by encouraging long term giving through funds created by caring donors.

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