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In The News

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

The Brunswick News Honor Flight 2.17.15

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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

10.29.14 The Brunswick News - Camden 2



"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







Infant Car Safety and Smoking Cessation Grants

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.

St. Andrews Episcopal Church

St. Andrews Episcopal Church received a Community Impact Grant from the Foundation in its 2015 competitive grant cycle.

Annual Reports

Annual Reports

CCGF's annual reports showcase The Foundation's fundholders, investments, and impact - and may be accessed below:



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2020 Annual Report

2020 annual report


2019 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report


2017 Annual Report

2017 annual Report

To view more annual reports from past years, Click Here


Strategic Plans

2019-2021 Strategic Plan

2015-2018 Strategic Plan


Click on the date of the publication to view.....

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

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 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

Honor Flight



December 2014 Newsletter

For Good  Forever lg brochureUpdate from the Foundation

For Good + Forever

Community Impact Grants

Coastal Georgia Honor Flight


Spring 2014 Newsletter

2014 Spring
2014 Winter Newsletter

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Fall 2013 Newsletter

2013 Fall Newsletter
Summer 2013 Newsletter

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

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Archived Annual Reports


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2019-2021 Strategic Plan

The Board of Directors of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation met in early September 2018 to review its achievements against its 2015 - 2018 strategic plan. Together, they set out the path for the next three years.

The 2019-2021 Plan will continue to focus on three core thematic goals established previously. They are

Sustainability: Creating lasting value for donors and the community through sound organizational management, and strong asset development and investment.

Scope and Scale: Grow the Foundation's regional impact through work with nonprofit organizations, professional advisors and other philanthropy partners. 

Significance: Strengthening the relevance and role of the Foundation’s work in our communities through strategic messaging, prominent public exposure and consistent brand positioning.

The coming few years are pivotal. We are intensely committed to continuing to forward our mission of strengthening our communities through engaged philanthropy. 

Click to read the 2019-2021 Strategic Plan

2015-2018 Strategic Plan

GP Interns Visit

Summer Interns of The Gathering Place accompanied by Executive Director Lucas Ramirez paid the Community Foundation a visit recently to say "thank you" for past support....

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Dr. Hepburn expressed appreciation and queried them on the circumstances that brought them to our community, the learning and experiences that were most memorable and their future dreams and plans.  What came through loud and clear was an appreciation for the ministry of Gathering Place and our community. 

We wish them every success in their futures.

Grants in Action


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."

Early Childhood Literacy makes a "splash"


Baby Steps Creates Literacy Center at Head Start


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The African saying, “It takes a village to raise a child,” was clearly in the minds of the Glynn County volunteers, educators, businesses, and local philanthropists who gave so generously to transform a drab, grey cinderblock room at the Glynn County Head Start School into an “under-the-sea themed” literacy center that opened April of 2013.

The room was another effort in the “Baby Steps” Early Literacy Initiative of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation to offer age-appropriate literature in a “print-rich” and visually stimulating environment. The community foundation plans to open several more literacy centers, accessible to children in areas where there are low income families. Plans also call for trained community volunteer readers to staff the rooms for regular readings.

A giant octopus, smiling shark, schools of fish, crabs, hot pink coral, and blue waves, are among the images that brighten the walls and bear print labels, thanks to the amazing artistic talent of early education teacher Amy Kramer and renowned local artist Nancy Muldowney, both of whom also directed the volunteers who offered assistance in transforming the room.

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Baby Steps Coordinator Maryellen Aiken added face-front book case displays and more than 300 books provided through donor contributions to the Baby Steps initiative at the foundation. Head Start was also able to provide two “smart board” type computers for the children to benefit from interactive literacy technology.

“It is imperative to provide children with the tools they need to learn how to read very early in the education pipe-line, and there's no better place to do this than at a Head Start program where we can reach well over 200 three and four year old children," said Lee Owen, executive director of Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life in Coastal Georgia by promoting and increasing philanthropy. “The room was a “perfect storm” of talent and generosity – from the creative genius and passion of Amy, to the sweat equity of teachers and parents, to the guidance from the College of Coastal Georgia’s education department.”

The goal of Baby Steps is to help ensure that every child in the community, no matter what socio-economic level, is ready to read and ready to succeed when they reach kindergarten. Providing better access to books and print-rich environments is just one of several ways that Baby Steps is accomplishing this goal – and making a “splash!”