Giving

Make a larger impact:

The Athens Area Community Foundation is a public grantmaking foundation that builds community by encouraging long term giving through endowment Funds created by caring donors. Through these Funds, donors support the issues they care most about while making a collective impact on the entire community that is bigger, more responsive, and longer-lasting than what they could do as individuals. Learn more.

You are a philanthropist- you give time, talent, and treasure and want to know that your contributions will produce significant, widely shared, and lasting results. By creating a Fund at the Community Foundation, you leverage AACF’s strength to support the causes that matter to you and ensure that your “giving values” are passed on to the next generation. View the complete list of Funds, Founders, and Supporters.

Ten reasons why people choose to give through AACF:

  1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community and broad expertise regarding community issues and needs.
  2. You have grantmaking flexibility.
  3. There are no set-up costs for creating a Fund at AACF. 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 AACF’s 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. Multiply the impact of your gift dollars by using AACF to leverage additional funds and target programs that support our community.
  10. We are a community leader, coordinating with agencies and harnessing resources to create positive change.