Results of housing study to be presented Nov. 13

The results of the residential market potential study of downtown Brunswick will be presented on Wednesday, November 13, 6pm at the College of Coastal Georgia. Laurie Volk of Zimmerman Volk Associates will lead the presentation. The presentation will be hosted by NewCity Brunswick and is sponsored by Forward Brunswick, the College of Coastal Georgia, and the Coastal Georgia Foundation.

“We learned about this type of data-driven housing study on our May 30 trip to Macon,” says Justin Callaway, President & CEO of NewCity Brunswick. “There, the housing study said downtown Macon could absorb ‘200 residential units per year.’ This number became a shared goal for developers, entrepreneurs, lenders and other investors in downtown Macon. We are excited to hear the results from Laurie on the thirteenth.”

Over the summer, the Coastal Georgia Foundation led discussions with business, community and local government leaders to build on efforts to improve downtown’s economy and quality of life. Together stakeholders identified housing downtown as a key element in strengthening Brunswick’s economic vitality. “Through discussions among stakeholders, it became clear that if we focus on attracting residents, businesses will follow,” Paul White, President & CEO of the Foundation, said.

Zimmerman/Volk Associates uses a proprietary target market methodology to determine the depth and breadth of the potential market derived from the housing preferences and socio-economic characteristics of households in the defined draw area, even in locations where no close comparables exist.

“The study’s findings could provide a cornerstone in the movement to reinvigorate Brunswick,” said Bert Roughton, who is helping to organize Forward Brunswick. “Understanding the demand and pace for creating new housing downtown is essential to setting priorities for the future.”

To attend the presentation on November 13, click here to register. This event is open to public and anyone interested in learning about downtown redevelopment efforts should attend.

About Forward Brunswick
Forward Brunswick is an inclusive, broad-based alliance of the city’s stakeholders intended to foster continued engagement, communication and collaboration. Forward Brunswick supports the city’s residents, community leaders and business owners in the pursuit of a shared vision for prosperity.

About NewCity Brunswick
NewCity Brunswick, a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded this September, uses private capital to support residential development and redevelopment projects with creative financing tools and a revolving loan program. It also fills the gap in conventional approaches to financing such projects and provide support to local businesses and startups through training and some financial assistance. NewCity works in partnership with existing agencies, such as the Downtown Development Authority, and city and county economic development departments.

About the Coastal Georgia Foundation
The Coastal Georgia Foundation was incorporated in 2005, as a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties. The Foundation now has assets nearing $20 million and has awarded over $14 million in grants, the majority to community organizations in the three-county region and beyond. The Foundation serves ordinary citizens who have the extraordinary vision for a better life for their neighbors, friends, families, and fellow coastal Georgians - today and for future generations. The Foundation seeks to be the region’s trusted source for thoughtful philanthropic counsel, sound financial management and strategic community investment.

Nominate Brunswick to win $500,000

Via The Brunswick News, October 16, 2019: 

Help campaign to bring TV show to Brunswick

When it comes to efforts to revitalize Brunswick, we have been harping on the need for cooperation from all involved to make the dream come true. Well, now is the time for citizens to lend a hand to those efforts.

Community and development leaders are looking to get the city’s positive business climate on the radar of a television show called “Small Business Revolution.” The show highlights small towns and businesses that have struggled and deserve some help.

If selected, the city will be featured in an eight-episode documentary and earn a $500,000 award. Six businesses will also receive help with their revitalization efforts if the city wins the contest.

The first thing, though, is the city needs to get the show’s attention. To do that, it needs your help.

The city will need multiple nominations to show that Brunswick really is worthy of the project. You can go to

When you go to the page, there is a box asking for 500 words or less about how the city could use the funds. Use that space to prove to the show’s producers how much Brunswick has already progressed and how being on the show could take it to the next level.

First, downtown Brunswick has taken a big leap forward in the last year. There are more businesses and fewer empty buildings as developers see the potential jewel downtown Brunswick can be.

To help continue that positive momentum, NewCity Brunswick — an organization tasked with luring new residents and businesses downtown — and Forward Brunswick, which was established to give stakeholders a voice in the future of the city’s downtown district — were formed.

The money from the show, aside from helping six local businesses, could also help fix some of the city’s woes — namely adding more living space in downtown Brunswick and fixing up a less-than-appealing gateway.

The show also provides a benefit beyond money — exposure. The benefits from being part of a series that showcases how Brunswick is on the rise are almost immeasurable. The chance to showcase the city in a positive light will reach more people than any ad campaign could.

In some ways, it’s not much different from the exposure the Isles gets during the RSM Classic every year. Getting the chance to showcase our impressive vistas and scenery to the world on The Golf Channel every year during the four-day PGA Tour tournament has no doubt reached people who may want to vacation or live in our little slice of paradise.

This show could do the same for our business community, but there isn’t much time to act as the deadline to nominate a city is 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 22. Now more than ever, the community is moving in lock-step to put Brunswick back on the map. Let’s prove that unity by flooding the show’s website with nominations for Brunswick.

"Special places won't protect themselves" says McMahon

Over 45 conservation funders and leaders gathered at Musgrove September 26 to hear a moving presentation from Ed McMahon, the Charles E. Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy, Urban Land Institute. Ed’s presentation focused on preserving our country’s special places and leveraging them effectively for economic development. In his presentation, he discussed home buyers seeking real estate on golf courses, not because they are golfers, but because they want the expansive natural views. He also cited that today’s workforce first looks for a quality place to live, and only then seeks employment in those places. Natural areas, trees, shade, community, walkability and outdoor amenities are all variables that people are searching for in the places they call home.

Bryan K. Clontz to speak on Nov. 6

Regional professional advisors and donors are invited to join us to hear from Bryan K. Clontz, a national expert on charitable giving.

Creative Charitable Planning with Non-Cash Assets: A Case Study Approach

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Coastal Georgia Historical Society's A.W. Jones Heritage Center

CE credits available

How would you help a client who wants to donate farmland, mineral rights or a vacation home to charity? Non-cash assets such as real estate, closely held stock, and collectibles are estimated to be a $40-$60 trillion market; yet non-cash assets represent less than 2% of all charitable gifts. 

5 Key Differences: Community Foundation Fund vs. Commercial Gift Fund

What’s the difference between opening a community foundation fund versus a commercial gift fund?

The simple answer is donor-advised funds at community foundations, like the Coastal Georgia Foundation, provide philanthropists with opportunities to strengthen your community and maximize the impact of your charitable giving in ways that commercial gift funds at firms cannot.

Rich's Consumer Brands Fund and Davis Love Foundation make gifts

The Rich's Consumer Brands Charitable Fund of the Coastal Georgia Foundation, in joint effort with the Davis Love Foundation, made significant donations to support the efforts of five organizations: Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, Coastal Coalition for Children, Inc., Foster Love Ministries, Inc., Hope 1312 Collective and Marshes of Glynn Libraries.

Effort to revitalize Brunswick takes next steps forward

  An effort to revitalize Brunswick took substantial steps forward with a community meeting Sept. 24 and the formation of a new nonprofit focused on raising private capital to support bringing residents and businesses downtown.

      “We believe this will be a big day for Brunswick and the hopes and dreams everyone has to bring fresh vitality to downtown,” said Paul White, president and CEO of the Coastal Georgia Foundation.

Bringing It Home: A Panel Discussion on Downtown Brunswick, Sept. 25

In the final event of the College of Coastal Georgia Foundation's 2019 Distinguished Speakers Series event, co-hosted by the Coastal Georgia Foundation, a panel of local leaders and influencers discusses the momentum around the revitalization of downtown Brunswick, Georgia. Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 5:30pm.


Bert Roughton (Moderator), former senior managing editor, Atlanta Journal-Constitution;

Jeff Clark, outreach director, Safe Harbor's Street Beat;

Tres Hamilton, CEO, Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority;

Mathew Hill, executive director, Downtown Development Authority;

Michael Kaufman, managing member, Kaufman Development Group;

Josh Rogers, president and CEO of NewTown Macon; 

Maggie Wilkes, owner, Maggie Mae’s restaurant.

Click here to Register

Price/Blackburn Fund featured in Golden Isles Magazine

Read the latest Golden Isles Magazine feature on the Price/Blackburn Fund of the Coastal Georgia Foundation here

Emergency Needs Fund ready and waiting

We were spared by Hurricane Dorian, but it will not be the last time a hurricane disrupts our lives and damages our precious coastal assets. The Community Emergency Needs Fund of the Coastal Georgia Foundation is a local financial resource for when disasters happen.