Last year, Coastal Partners In Philanthropy in partnership with Stewards of the Georgia Coast hosted a Conservation Donors Roundtable at Musgrove Plantation on St. Simons Island to hear about shorebird conservation.  Ian Davidson, Director of Bird and Wildlife Conservation at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (www.nfwf.org), presented on their large-scale, highly collaborative shorebird conservation efforts. Shorebirds are one of the most rapidly declining group of birds in the world and Davidson profiled the remarkable migration routes of many species of shorebirds, with some making annual migrations from the Arctic to South America and back again.

As a result of that event, supporters raised the necessary funds to purchase a "Mule" and thirteen cameras to support this work.   The Mule is shown here on Cumberland Island being used on a Piping Plover Survey.  Georgia's coast features prominently in conservation plans due to the critical role this region plays by providing important habitat and food resources during migration and the nesting season.

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On March 9th, the Coastal Georgia Foundation and the Stewards of the Georgia Coast joined efforts to host the 2nd Annual Conservation Donors Roundtable at the A. W. Jones Heritage Center adjacent to the St. Simons Lighthouse Museum. Stewards is an informal affinity group for donors with a passion for coastal conservation. The event was attended by representatives of various local and national foundations who have an interest, institutionally or individually, in preserving the natural habitats and wildlife along the remarkable Georgia coast.

The main presentation delivered by Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division biologist Clay George focused on the critically endangered North American Right Whale. Tim Keyes, also with the DNR Non-Game Conservation Section gave us an update of last year’s program on shorebird conservation efforts in Georgia. Finally, Judy and Walter Hoyt shared reflections on their philanthropic efforts to preserve coastal habitat in Georgia.cgapip3.9.17crowdshot

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The world lost a great lady last week!  The eulogy by Dr. Derek McAleer brilliantly communicated the heart and life of a amazing woman.  Eloise was an avid philantropist, one of the original Founders of the Foundation and one of the first to open a donor advised fund with us.....  Read her obituary below, but know that it can't possibly adequately communicate the breadth of her life.

Read more: Eloise Bailey Thompson

The Corwon Family Fund has partnered with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to showcase philanthropy and giving opportunities across the region. Fundholder Scott Corwon, an engaged international philanthropist, has supported the Foundation through beautiful and moving messages on the back cover of recent issues of Elegant Island Living.

Read more: Visionary Fundholder Encourages Community Engagement and Investment