Grants & Impact

Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 1.27.08 PMThe Athens Area Community Foundation advocates for collaboration and efficiency among nonprofits.  By becoming part of AACF, you help advance best practices and community dialogue among a wide variety of providers. In addition to its convener role, AACF makes grants to qualified non-profit organizations. Since inception, AACF and our donors have awarded more than $6 million. Through AACF, you also help leverage resources from outside the community to support innovation. Learn more.

Strategic Philanthropy and the Athens Wellbeing Project:

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AACF provides technical assistance in the form of convening, strategic planning, and leadership development to nonprofits and community groups as they strive for increased effectiveness. AACF advances strategic philanthropy by using data to monitor community needs, target resources, and track progress. In an unprecedented collaboration AACF is partnering with the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, Clarke County School District, Family Connection-Communities in Schools, United Way of Northeast Georgia, and the University of Georgia to administer a community-wide assessment- the Athens Wellbeing Project.

The mission of the Athens Wellbeing Project (AWP) is to integrate planning efforts and improve outcomes achieved by local institutions, organizations, and community stakeholders through the collection and sharing of an open-access, neighborhood-level, longitudinal data set that is representative of our county’s population. This process will help us benchmark the “health” of our community and measure how much the community’s interventions are moving the needle on issues related to education, civic engagement, and economic development in the coming years. AACF is currently supporting data collection through out Athens-Clarke County.

AACF is more than an investment vehicle, it is a hub that connects donors, nonprofits, and community leaders to address needs and create opportunities. We work with agencies across the community to identify what’s working well, what’s duplicative, and what is missing.

Shaping effective responses to community needs through collaboration– AACF promotes collaboration among nonprofits and community leaders to create sustainable results. We provide technical assistance in the form of convening, strategic planning, and leadership development to nonprofits and community groups as they strive for increased effectiveness. AACF engages stakeholders in a broad spectrum of interventions to address community needs.

  • Since inception, AACF has worked with grass roots youth development organizations to improve their capacity and ability to engage more youth. AACF is engaged the Mayor’s 2015-2016 Youth Development & Gang Prevention Taskforce as well as grass-roots youth development agencies including the Great Promise Partnership and Chess and Community Conference. In addition, AACF is the financial hub for the Athens REACH Scholarship, the Step Up Scholarship, and a fund for ACC Police Department’s new youth summer camp.
  • AACF’s continued facilitation of a collaborative for nonprofits providing financial literacy resulted in a new Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site where clients received on-the-spot financial education and interventions that will lead to healthier choices. AACF has had particular success with the Ark and Georgia United Federal Credit Union to build an alternative to pay-day-lending known as Common Wealth Athens.
  • In addition to social service providers, AACF helped community leaders identify areas to engage through workshops with the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce’s LEAD Athens class, Caterpillar’s CAT Cares Committee, OLLI@UGA, and A-CC’s Federation of Neighborhoods, among others
  • The Athens Area Community Foundation recently topped $1 million in grants made in our community and surpassed $5 million in assets under management. Rapid growth brings opportunities and challenges. Since Fall 2015, UGA-MBA Leadership Fellows have been helping AACF build capacity to keep up with the potential.


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Many individuals and nonprofits have established Funds at the Community Foundation and retain the ability to recommend grants to any 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The majority of AACF’s grantmaking occurs through these charitable Funds and applications for distributions are not typically accepted. Contact us for more information.

View the full list of Funds

Steve Jones & Lillian Kincey Community Impact Fund:

AACF’s discretionary grantmaking program is funded by contributions to the Steve Jones & Lillian Kincey Community Impact Fund. Donors choose to support this Fund to address the ever-changing needs of the Athens area.

  • A gift to this Fund gives back to the community at large rather than to a particular organization or cause by allowing AACF to identify opportunities and target dollars where they will be most effective.
  • Nonprofits apply for grants through a competitive process, and AACF’s Board, with the assistance of knowledgeable staff, makes the final decisions on which nonprofits receive funds based on current critical issues.

Applications are not being accepted at this time as AACF builds and endowment to ensure sustainable funding.  Contact us to learn more about the Steve Jones & Lillian Kincey Community Impact Fund.