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“One of the main advantages of using the Athens Area Athens Area Community Foundation is in the economies of scale. The Athens Area Community Foundation has endowment credibility, stringent investment policies, and can handle complex donations which allows us to stay focused on our most important task: the pursuit of our mission.”
Sally Kimel-Sheppard
Former Executive Director at The Cottage

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We’re here for you. Our goal is to help our nonprofits effectively raise, use, and preserve the resources they need to fulfill their mission. Not only do we provide grants, we also provide education and mentoring to local nonprofits.

Through our donors and funding partners, the Athens Area Athens Area Community Foundation provides financial support to nonprofits. Although grant making is important, the Athens Area Community Foundation is committed to serving nonprofits in a variety of ways.

Nonprofit Funds

For an established nonprofit organization that is interested in long-term financial sustainability, an agency endowment fund is one way to make the best use of the donations received. Working with the Athens Area Community Foundation offers a cost-effective investment option and frees your staff from time-consuming administrative and investment responsibilities so you can remain focused on your core mission. Nonprofits gain access to diversity of investments, oversight, benchmarks, and standards difficult to achieve with a portfolio of your own.

Today, several nonprofit/agency entities take advantage of our economy of scale and professional, endowment-oriented investment management to build their endowments.

They include:

  • Ashton Hope Keegan Foundation Fund
  • Athens Area Habitat for Humanity Fund
  • Athens Community Council on Aging Fund
  • Athens Symphony – Albert F. Ligotti Conductor Scholarship Program
  • Athens Symphony Fund
  • Athens Tech Foundation Inc. Fund
  • AthFest Educates Fund
  • Books for Keeps Fund
  • Camp Hooray Fund
  • Children First, Inc Dream Fund
  • Clarke County Mentor Program Agency Fund
  • Clarke County Mentor Program Cultural Fund
  • Delta PSI Boule Fund
  • DIVAS Who Win Freedom Center, Inc. Fund
  • Family Promise of Athens Fund
  • Food Bank of Northeast GA Fund
  • Friends of the Oconee Hill Cemetery Fund
  • Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library
  • Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Puppetry Fund
  • Georgia Options, Inc. Fund
  • Historic Cobbham Foundation Fund
  • Historic Oglethorpe County Fund
  • Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi-University of Georgia Chapter 32 Fund
  • Jackson County Habitat for Humanity
  • Laura Conroy Memorial Fund
  • Mr. Jay’s Kids Camp Scholarship Fund
  • Prevent Child Abuse Athens/Brightpaths Fund
  • Project Safe Freedom Fund
  • Ronnie Lukasiewicz Fund of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation
  • SACSA Fund
  • SACSA Foundation Fund
  • The Cancer Foundation Fund
  • The Cottage, Sexual Assault & Children’s Advocacy Center
  • United Way 211 Impact Fund
  • United Way of Northeast Georgia Fund
  • UUFA Endowment
Connect, Learn, and Share

Nonprofit Training Series logoThe Nonprofit Training Series is brought to you by a partnership with the Athens Area Community Foundation, United Way of Northeast Georgia, Athens-Clarke County, GA Unified Government, University of Georgia School of Social Work, and UGA Service-Learning.

The Athens Area Community Foundation works closely with the area’s diverse private, public, and nonprofit organizations to identify and address local needs. We co-convene and/or participate in multiple community collaboratives and informal interest groups focused on everything from the financial literacy to the arts. Connecting needs with resources and identifying areas for greater efficiency is a key function of the Athens Area Community Foundation.

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Nonprofit of the Year Award

Nonprofit of YearThe Nonprofit of the Year Award exists to recognize and celebrate the achievements and contributions of nominated nonprofits who display exemplary practices in leadership, management, innovation, collaboration, and impact.

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Find Grants

The Athens Area Community Foundation helps fund a Cooperating Collection at Athens Regional Library providing nonprofit leaders and scholarship seekers access to the Foundation Center’s directory of over two million grant sources, a database of grants to individuals (8,500 funders), and publications on grantwriting and nonprofit development.

Visit the Athens Regional Library to learn more.

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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