“Toxic Charity” Author Challenges Annual Event Audience

“Give once and you create appreciation; twice you create anticipation; three times – expectation; four times – entitlement; five times – dependency.”

With a gentle tone and humor, but a strong conviction honed through over four decades’ grass roots development work in inner city Atlanta, Bob Lupton argued in front of an audience of some 80 founders, fund holders and community friends at the March annual event that much harm is done by misdirected but well-intentioned charity.

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2016 - CONNECTING THE PASSIONS OF DONORS TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES

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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.