Donor Stories

The Community Foundation works closely with individual and family donors to strengthen their philanthropy and help them make smart investments in nonprofits. All of this begins with the dedication and hard work of our donors and their personal passion for philanthropy. Read below to learn more about how these extraordinary people are making a difference.


Michelle and Andy Barclay

Do you know a child with asthma? As one of the most prevalent childhood diseases, you probably do. Now consider that this prevalence is slightly lower than the percentage of children affected by abuse and neglect. That statistic hit hard for Michelle and Andy Barclay, donors with The Community Foundation. In 1999, the Barclays created the LW Barton Foundation Fund, named after Andy’s grandparents, to support critical issues in the community like child welfare.

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Myrtle Davis

Myrtle Davis knows what it takes to build healthy communities. As past president of Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, former Atlanta city councilmember and former president of the Georgia Municipal Association, she has been a committed civil and public figure in Atlanta for decades. Davis, who also served on The Community Foundation’s Board of Directors, is the current advisory committee chair for the Carefree Fund at The Community Foundation.

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The Charles and Marjorie Dobrovolny Fund

Through The Community Foundation, donors are also able to leave a legacy of philanthropy that will last years after their lifetime. John Charles Dobrovolny, through trusts established by his parents, Charles and Marjorie Dobrovolny, named The Community Foundation as partial beneficiary to continue his legacy after his passing in 2009.

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Henry and Elizabeth Moldt

Growing up in India, Liz Moldt remembers one Christmas when her family, instead of giving presents to one another, gave money to a local nonprofit. The incident had a profound impact on her.

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Jackie Montag

For Jackie Montag, her passion for children’s healthcare stems from a personal experience. She remembers well her time at Egleston Children’s Hospital when her son Ned was admitted for a minor procedure.

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Chip Patterson

As founder and CEO of AmeriPark, Chip Patterson spent 20 years focused on building and growing a business. After selling a portion of his company, Chip established a donor-advised fund at The Community Foundation in 2008 as a way to connect more to the community and engage his children in philanthropy. A year later, one memorable experience would spark an idea to give in a unique, new way. In 2010, Chip Patterson created Reinvention Wheels with the idea that "self-sufficiency transforms communities.”

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Duke and Barbara Roos

Donors of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Duke and Barbara Roos have inspired the newly-named Barbara and Duke Roos Living and Giving Award, offered by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Barbara and Duke Roos lost their daughter Debbie Roos Hoppenfeld to diabetes complications, and since then, have put a great philanthropic interest into Juvenile Diabetes research.

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Judy Thomas

For 13 years Judy Thomas practiced critical care nursing. She recognized a problem in the hospital setting during that time period – poor documentation and coding of medical records, a major Medicare compliance problem. To help solve this problem, Judy founded JA Thomas & Associates where she developed a software program that would give hospitals a way to facilitate necessary improvements. After retiring in 2005 from JA Thomas, Judy has devoted her time and life to her charitable passions.

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The Jane and Ed White Fund

When Ben White and his brothers decided to honor their parents’ memory through philanthropy they looked no further than The Community Foundation. In 2007, White and his three brothers created the Jane and Ed White Fund, an unrestricted fund to benefit the Greater Atlanta region. “Our parents lived in Atlanta for most of their lives and made their own significant contributions to the area. They served as great examples of what it means to be actively involved,” said White.

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Woody (Albert) Woodroof

Individuals interested in charitable giving can accomplish their goals in a variety of ways. Donors who choose to give through The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta express multiple reasons for doing so, including our grantmaking expertise, community knowledge and quality services. For Woody Woodroof, The Community Foundation provided the convenience and flexibility he needed in a charitable vehicle.

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2013 Annual Report

Recently released, our 2013 Annual Report is a guide for philanthropists, nonprofits and community leaders interested in improving the quality of life in metro Atlanta. Last year, The Community Foundation distributed more than $134 million in grants and support to nonprofits and received more than $198 million from donors and funders. Click here to view. We hope this report will help you along whatever philanthropic journey you choose to take.
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