Through our donors and funding partners, the Athens Area Community Foundation provides financial support to nonprofits. Although grant making is important, the Community Foundation is committed to serving nonprofits in a variety of ways. AACF supports capacity building and technical assistance so that nonprofits can effectively raise, use, and preserve the resources they need to fulfill their missions.

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 AACF 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.

CottageSally Sheppard, The Cottage’s Executive Director, points out, “One of the main advantages of using the community foundation is in the economies of scale- AACF 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.”


Today, several nonprofits/agency entities take advantage of AACF’s 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
AthFest Educates
Books for Keeps Fund
Camp Hooray
Clarke County Mentor Cultural Fund
Clarke County Mentor Program Agency Fund
Clarke County School District Fund
Delta Psi Boule Fund
Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Fund
Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library Puppetry Fund
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Athens Fund
Laura Conroy Memorial Fund
Project Safe Freedom Fund
Ronnie Lukasiewicz Fund of the Lyndon House Arts Foundation, Inc.
The Cottage, Sexual Assault Center and Children’s Advocacy Center, Inc.
United Way 2-1-1 Impact Fund
United Way of Northeast Georgia Fund

Connect, Learn, and Share

AACF works closely with the area’s diverse private, public, and nonprofit organizations to identify and address local needs. AACF co-convenes and/or participates 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 Community Foundation.nw_acclibrary2

Find Grants

AACF helps fund a Cooperating Collection at Athens Regional Library providing nonprofit leaders and scholarship seekers access to the Foundation Center’s directory of over 2 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.