Experience the joy of giving.
At the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, we create meaningful, lasting connections between you and the causes and issues you care about most. We respect that you’re contributing your time, talent and treasure to serve others. That’s why we’re committed to helping those contributions do more. Reach further. Last longer. And make a difference for the people of the metro Atlanta area—now, and for generations to come.
Speak with a Giving Expert
For more than 65 years, the Community Foundation’s personalized, concierge service to donors like you helps make the wisest possible investments to improve the well-being of our region. We provide you and your family with personalized services and deep, expert-level knowledge about the issues affecting our community and beyond—and the organizations working to address them.
Your Philanthropic Officer
At the Community Foundation, we understand that you’re unique. So are your goals. Your passions. That’s why, when you become a donor, you receive a dedicated philanthropic officer.
Your advisor serves as your personal guide to your philanthropic journey. He or she helps you create a giving plan, finds nonprofits that match your interests, and coordinates the disbursement of your grant recommendations.
Of course, we understand that many donors have financial advisors to help with investment choices; and our team works with your financial advisor to define, determine and achieve all your charitable goals.
The Community Foundation takes care of the administrative back-office, so you can focus on what matters most: the joy of giving.
- IRS reporting for charitable gifts
- Inclusion in the Foundation’s audit and tax return
- Management, due diligence and oversight of all grantmaking processes
- Quarterly statements with updates on grantmaking and investment returns
- Convenient online tools to access and monitor your fund
The Donor Experience
As a Community Foundation philanthropist, you’re invited to become involved in the donor experience to the degree that’s right for you. That’s why we offer a wide variety of engagement opportunities designed to guide you in your philanthropic journey—and to help you share in the joy of giving.
- Kathleen Barksdale, Committee Chair, President, The Rockdale Foundation
- Brian C. Friedman, Principal, The Wellspring Group, LLC
- Tad Hutcheson, Vice President Community and Public Affairs, Delta Air Lines, Inc.
- Jeffrey S. Muir, Founder and Partner, Fulcrum Equity Partners
- Chip Patterson, CEO, AmeriPark
- John Reid, The Coca-Cola Company (retired)
- Jagdish N. Sheth, Ph.D., Kellstadt Professor of Marketing, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
- The Honorable Ronit Walker, Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings
- Jeannie Wright, Community Volunteer
Ex Officio, Suzanne Boas, Board Chair, Community Foundation
“Atlanta” isn’t just a city. It’s an entire region of 23 counties—each with its own identity, culture and challenges. That’s why, over the past 65+ years, the Community Foundation has worked through specific initiatives and grantmaking to develop a deep understanding of the issues and needs that are most important to our region. All with the goal of making greater Atlanta…well, greater.
As a donor, you want to do more than just write a check. You want to make a true impact and see change happen. You want to identify strong nonprofit organizations and invest to solve an issue. We understand. That’s why the Foundation provides education on strategic grantmaking, donor education, public policy and advocacy. We’ll create customized philanthropic plans, identify and prioritize your values, evaluate nonprofit effectiveness and monitor and evaluate your grants.
The Foundation also works closely with you to help you identify strong, effective nonprofit organizations. The best nonprofits feature key management characteristics that help the nonprofit remain sustainable and, ultimately, successful. Because, when it comes to nonprofits, passion is essential. But it’s only the beginning. Let’s get started.
Where to Begin
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta gives you the grantmaking and personalization of your own private foundation, along with the tax advantages, flexibility and simplicity of a community foundation. You can choose to give now through our various charitable funds. Or you can choose to give later, through our planned giving options. Either way, we make philanthropy easy and effective. So you can experience the joy of giving.
3 Easy Steps
1. Make the Connection
Contact the foundation to set up an appointment to discuss your charitable objectives. We’ll work with you and your professional advisors to create a plan that meets your needs, and your dreams.
2. Create your Gift
Complete a fund agreement, then make the initial gift to establish your fund. A copy is returned to you and we’ll send a gift acknowledgment letter for your tax records. Or simply sign the Planned Gift Agreement provided by your advisor to create an estate or future gift.
3. Feel the Joy
Here’s where the magic begins! You’ll meet with your philanthropic officer to go over the use of your fund and the services the Foundation offers. We also help you design a philanthropic plan, providing information and support as you continue to work with your fund. You have the flexibility to give to your passion, strengthen the community, support a nonprofit or make an unrestricted gift to the Community Foundation’s Common Good Fund or Canopy Fund. The choice is yours.