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July 2017 Newsletter

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2016 Annual Report

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December 2016 Newsletter

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New 2017 Board Members

Funders Meeting for Non-Profits


Summer 2016 Newsletter


Jumpstart Prepares Children for Kindergarten

Rich's Consumer Brands

2015 Audit

June 2016 Newsletter

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 Community Foundation Awards Sixteen Grants

 Halsey Family Scholarships

 Correll Scholars


May 2016 Newsletter


  • Conservation Donors Roundtable

 Leaping Into K

 Endowments - For Lasting Impact

December 2015 Newsletter

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Grant Cycle Begins

New Board Members


October 2015 Newsletter

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Foundation Meets in Camden County

Partners in Philanthropy


June 2015 Newsletter

Strings St. MarysFoundation Awards Thirteen Grants

Correll Scholars Program

Camden Strings Camp

Foundation Awarded Operating Grants

May 2015 Newsletter

Honor Flight 2015The Foundation Celebrates its 10th Anniversary

Grants from Endowments

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For Good + Forever

Community Impact Grants

Coastal Georgia Honor Flight


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Hepburn takes the helm in 2014...

At its meeting of the Board of Directors June 5, 2013, the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation unanimously voted to hire Dr. Valerie Hepburn as Executive Director when Lee Owen retires in July of 2014. The action follows the unanimous recommendation of the foundation’s Executive Committee.

Lee Hiers Owen, who currently serves as Executive Director, had notified the Foundation of her plans to retire in 2014. Hepburn, who is stepping down as president of the College of Coastal Georgia on June 30th, will fulfill a prior commitment to a year of research and policy work with the University System of Georgia and then join the Community Foundation in mid2014. Rees Sumerford, Chairman of the Foundation, indicated that he and the Executive Committee approached Hepburn once Owen announced her planned retirement. He and the board expect a seamless transition and continued strong growth and engagement for the Foundation.

“Lee has done a terrific job and we are pleased that she will continue to serve for the coming year,” said Sumerford. “Valerie and Lee have worked closely on a number of education and community initiatives. We are delighted to be able to have identified a new leader of Valerie’s caliber and capabilities. We believe that the Foundation will continue to expand its relevance and its reach across the region.”

Of the new role, Hepburn reflects, “Working with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation provides the opportunity to support philanthropy and innovation which improve the economy and quality of life in our tri-county region. The position allows me to build on my knowledge and recent experiences to continue the positive, impactful work of this young community foundation. We love Coastal Georgia, and there remains important work yet to be done.”

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation was established in 2005 with the goal of working with local philanthropists - ordinary citizens with extraordinary vision, connecting them with local nonprofits to improve the quality of life across Camden, Glynn and McIntosh counties. The Foundation carries the National Standards certification from the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C., demonstrating adherence to the highest standards of operational efficiency and stewardship. Though still young, the community foundation has grown significantly in philanthropic assets, currently totaling more than nine million dollars, and anticipates a strong trajectory for the future.

MCINTOSH COUNTY, GA The McIntosh County Health Department has received $8,800 in funding from the Community of Coastal Georgia Foundation’s Miller Family Fund to purchase car safety seats for children and implement tobacco cessation classes.

“Part of our mission is to provide grants for organizations in Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties to support programs that will make a positive difference in those communities,” said President and CEO of the Community of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Dr. Valerie Hepburn. “We are pleased to be able to help the McIntosh County Health Department with these two very worthwhile initiatives.”

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among children ages 2-14 and the leading cause of injury-related death for children under two. When installed and used correctly, child car seats and seat belts can prevent injuries and save lives. Grant funding in the amount of $2,000 from the Foundation will be used to purchase car seats and educate families on the proper installation of car seats and general seatbelt safety.  Pictures below is a recent event at the McIntosh County Health Department.

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According to the 2013 McIntosh County Community Health Needs Assessment, 28 percent of McIntosh County residents smoke or use tobacco. That is well above the national rate of 13 percent and state average of 20 percent. Grant funding in the amount of $6,800 from the Foundation will help support “Tobacco-Free McIntosh,” and campaign to help promote tobacco cessation through advertising, educational classes, and nicotine replacement therapy.Smoking Ceasation

“Although this funding will be used for two entirely different purposes, both programs will help protect the residents of McIntosh County in the long run,” said McIntosh County Health Department Nurse Manager, Paige Lightsey, R.N.

The Miller Family Fund, a component fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, was established by Martin and Laura Lynn Miller in 2013. The family is from Valdosta, but they have had home in McIntosh County for more than a decade. The family has built a number of successful agencies providing home care and services for seniors, and they have been recognized as leaders and innovators in health and aging services. The Millers have a long history of successful philanthropy focused on health, aging and quality of life issues, including support for the establishment of a Family Health Center at Valdosta State University’s School of Nursing. Their current philanthropic interests include public health and primary care services for the people of McIntosh County.

In this edition, we highlight the Gathering Place, our Honor Flight and some great news about CCGF.

Gathering Place Interns pay a visit to CCGF....

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Brunswick News grants awarded 6.8.15


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Rising Camden Middle School Students Can Learn Violin This Summer....

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Brunswick News Coastal Counseling 2015

Coastal Counseling Center   Grant 2015

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The Brunswick News - February 17, 2015 Honor Flight

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dr. hepburn this one 2015Foundation President & CEO Dr. Valerie A. Hepburn is serving as Honorary Co-Chair for the 2015 YMCA Tribute to Women Celebration, to be held on June 2nd.
Randal Morris, Public Affairs Manager for Georgia Pacific, is the other co-chair.
The annual Tribute luncheon, which is one of the organizations key fundraising events, celebrates women in community and corporate leadership roles.



 The Brunswick News - Coastal Illustrated December 23, 2014

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The Darien News December 17, 2014

Valerie Hepburn speaks to Academy for Girls...

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The Darien News December 11, 2014

Foundation Board Hears of Impacts of Community Grants

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News about the Foundation that handles our back office....

Jacksonville-based Community Foundation marks 50 years working to better Northeast Florida

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In May 1964, four Jacksonville businessmen — clockwise from left, J.J. Daniel, Robert R. Feagin, Thomas R. McGehee and Laurence Lee Jr. -- gather to sign documents creating what would become the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida. 1964

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10.31.14 litracy support - Tribune and Georgian

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"Camden Board of Health Receives Grant" .... The Brunswick News


"Coastal Georgia Honor Flight" ....The Tribune & Georgian


"Lucky Enough to Share".....Elegant Island Living


"Coastal Georgia Honor Flight" ....The Brunswick News


"New Foundation Leader Focuses Beyond County Lines"... The Darien News


Investing in our community/America's 2nd Harvest, Camden County CASA, Coastal Coalition for Children, CASA Glynn... The Brunswick News


Investing in our community/The Boys and Girls Club... The Brunswick News


Chronicling an Act of Goodwill - Elegant Island Living


Steward for the Community - Coastal Illustrated


Hepburn's return good news... - The Brunswick News


Former College of Coastal Georgia president has new building job.... - The Georgia Times Union


YMCA and McIntosh County Health Department receive grants.... - The Darien News


Coastal foundation gives grant funds.... The Brunswick News


Former college president heads community foundation.... The Brunswick News


Local non-profits receive $16,500 in grants from Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation....The Darien News








Guidestar awarded the Community Foundation with gold seal status which represents the highest rating for transparency and commitment to excellence.  Of the 44,000 nonprofits who have attained either a bronze, silver or gold designation, only some 1,400 - 3% - have earned the gold level designation and we are one!

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CASA Glynn received a grant in 2013 from the Community Foundation to upgrade their server and computers.  No more lost data, freeze ups and frustration! 

One of the volunteers shared her appreciation.... "I have very limited computer skills and it was always a struggle to write the many reports.  I typically 2013 Bonney ck del to Carywould spend hours at the CASA office completing court reports, panel reports and monthly report.  Now there is a dedicated computer for CASA volunteers!  I am able to complete my work immediately and what used to take me hours now takes 30 minutes.  It frees me up to spend more time with my CASA child."