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Overview


cHARITY IS NOT jUST WHAT WE DO, IT IS WHO WE ARE

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Overview


cHARITY IS NOT jUST WHAT WE DO, IT IS WHO WE ARE

We work with individuals and families to help them get the most out of their charitable giving. We help them change the world.

THINK BIG

 

offset capital gains

 

leavE a legacy

 

an alternAtive to a private foundation

Jeanne Burr and her son, Jeff, walked into the Foundation office in December of last year and wanted to do something big for the community. After some discussion, David Aft proposed building a performing arts park in Downtown Dalton. And that's how it started - with a charitable inclination and an idea. Burr Performing Arts Park will open in spring of 2018 at the site of the old Lee Printing building. 

“The arts sometimes feel like an exclusive club, and we want to make sure that our park is a park for the people - a park that will bring everyone together," she says. "And they’ll talk and get to know one another. And they’ll realize, ‘Wow, we’re all the same. We’re all the same.’”

Click here to make a donation to the Burr Park Endowment Fund or purchase a picnic table, bench, bike rack, trash receptacle, or tree for the park.

 

When Tommy and Mary Lynn Crider sold their floral business, they created a Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation - a safe, temporary place to park their charitable assets, while offering them the greatest possible tax advantage, and giving them more time to choose a beneficiary or project.

Years later, the Criders witnessed a group of people holding a worship service under a tree in Nicaragua and chose to use a significant portion of their Fund to help build The River of Life Baptist Church for the congregation. The Criders not only satisfied the IRS by making a timely and deductible gift to the Foundation, but establishing their Donor Advised Fund gave them time to consider several giving opportunities and select the projects that best met their needs.

 

When Randy and Jackie Thompson sold Thompson Honda in 2006, they were able to offset a portion of their capital gains tax liability by establishing the Thompson Family Donor Advised Fund. Since that time, the Thompsons have awarded thousands of dollars in grants to charities and programs that inspire them.

“I want my granddaughter, Maddie Grace, to be charitable during her lifetime,” Randy says. “And the best way to teach her the importance of giving back is for her to see me and Jackie being involved in the community and giving to causes we care about.”

 

Christian Bryant was an honor student at Girls Preparatory School (GPS), a cross-country star who loved running, a young dreamer devoted to improving the world, and a beautiful soul. But complications from the treatment for leukemia took her life at eighteen. In the wake of her passing, her family established the Christian Bryant Fund at the Community Foundation to assist families and children in Northwest Georgia and Greater Chattanooga who are facing catasrophic illnesses. 


"Our Donor Advised Fund is much easier and less time-consuming than managing a private foundation," says Robyn Bryant. "Our fund honors Christian and will help hundreds of families today and for generations to come."

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Affiliates


Affiliates


Our Affiliates

 
 
 

The Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation was established in 1998 thanks to a handful of local philanthropists and a $150,000 grant from the RJ Woodruff Foundation. Active philanthropists were asked to consider using the Foundation as administrator of their charitable work, and approximately 20 individuals and families signed on to help. In spring 2017, the Dalton-Whitfield Community Foundation celebrated a major milestone - over $1 million in grant awards to the community.  
 

The Cartersville-Bartow Community Foundation was established in 2004. Shaw Industries provided a $1 million challenge grant to the fledgling affiliate to encourage the development of permanent endowments and unrestricted granting capacity. The group continues to conduct two annual grant cycles and awards significant grants to local organizations.

 

The mission of the Calhoun-Gordon Community Foundation is to “enhance the quality of life in Gordon County and the surrounding area for both current and future generations.” Created in 2007 to promote philanthropy, the Calhoun-Gordon affiliate has focused their efforts on making large grants to their community (the Calhoun Aquatic Center, the Harris Radiation Therapy Center, the Boys & Girls Club, and others).

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Partners


Partners


Partnering...

 

We proudly meet the stringent standards for Community Foundations, as set forth by the Council on Foundations. This prestigious accreditation:

  • Demonstrates a community foundations’ transparency and financial responsibility.
  • Verifies sound policies and accountable practices.
  • Distinguishes community foundations from other philanthropic vehicles.


We partner with the PGDC to offer helpful information and tips to our clients and financial advisers.

 


We are proud partners with the Greater Dalton Chamber of Commerce.


We are proud partners with the Cartersville-Bartow Chamber of Commerce.


We are proud partners with the Gordon County Chamber of Commerce.