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Coastal Georgia Partners in Philanthropy

Coastal Georgia Partners in Philanthropy (CGaPIP) brings together grantmakers who care about and invest in the communities along Georgia’s Coast and those with strong economic linkages to those communities. Broadly speaking, the footprint includes the counties of Camden, Glynn and McIntosh, along with Brantley, Charlton, Wayne and Appling.

The mission of CGaPIP is to support and promote effective philanthropy, through education, best practices and strong partnerships, with the goal of improving quality of life and economic well-being across the region. Using the groups’ collective grantmaking interests, skills and leverage, the Partners seek to:

  • build capacity within and encourage collaboration among the non-profit service agency sector;
  • educate funders and the broader community about specific issues of concern and/or opportunity (e.g., at-risk youth, aging services,
  • workforce development, history and heritage tourism, economic development, natural resource conservation, child welfare, etc.);
  • encourage synergies from which emerge voluntary, collaborative funding partnerships; and
  • promote events and the sharing of successes and challenges which strengthen and enhance the capabilities of individual grant makers and foundations; and
  • stimulate philanthropy across the region.

Supported by the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, CGaPIP is governed by an executive council representing the key grantmaking sectors in the region:

  • family foundations
  • donor-advised fundholders of community foundations
  • business foundations
  • independent, faith-based or other sector-specific foundations
  • organized corporate or community giving programs

The executive council meets quarterly to consider issues for focus and educational needs and to establish program agendas. Partners in Philanthropy programs are conducted semi-annually, and all interested partners are invited. Programs showcase issues, innovations and ideas for philanthropy and community improvement. These are “no solicitation” events. The executive council provides follow-on leadership to initiatives which have resonance for the Partners and are expected to provide tangible results for the communities.
If you would like to participate with Coastal Georgia Partners in Philanthropy please email us:

A. D. “Pete” Correll, Chairman, The Correll Family Foundation
Chair of the Executive Council

Jeanne Manning, The Kaufmann Fund
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation
Vice-Chair of the Executive Council

Bill Jones III, Chairman, The Broadfield Foundation
Chair-Emeritus, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

Martin J. Miller, Miller Family Fund
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

Jeff Barker, President
St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation

David Weitnauer, President
The R. Howard Dobbs Foundation

Paul White, President & CEO
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation
Council Liaison



Endowed funds are made up of gifts and bequests that are subject to a requirement that the principal be maintained intact in perpetuity and invested to create a source of continuous income. Donors may set up an endowment to fund a specific interest or program.

The power of an endowment is in its continuity. Your gift is preserved in perpetuity, with the funds pooled for maximum benefit and invested to achieve long-term capital growth. Endowed gifts become a part of The Community Foundation’s permanent endowment, meaning they will benefit our community forever!

Currently the Foundation has the following endowed funds:

Coastal Community Endowment – This fund supports a broad range of identified community needs in the annual grant cycle. It is funded through individual gifts and through a 1% contribution from gifts to Donor Advised Funds.

Early Childhood Literacy Endowment - Recognizing that literacy is simply the very best investment in a community’s quality of life and economic development that one can make, this fund supports efforts in Coastal Georgia to ensure that children are ready to read and ready to succeed when they enter kindergarten. Grants will be made for programs that foster and encourage early education and literacy efforts for those from birth through age five.

Hospice of the Golden Isles Endowment Fund - This fund will assist the agency in providing uncompensated care for seriously ill patients and will help ensure expert, compassionate care for patients and their families in the southeast Georgia community.

The Mildred Huie/Mildred Huie Wilcox Endowment for the Arts and CultureThis fund supports quality visual, musical and performing arts and cultural and historical programming.

Coastal Counseling Center Endowed Fund - This designated fund supports Coastal Counseling Center in Camden county with the mission to promote hope, help and healing through counseling in a professional, community-based caring environment for persons who are unable to afford mental health counseling.

Raymond & Elizabeth Baumel and Abernathy Fund for Animal Welfare – This fund supports the care and sheltering of stray and unwanted dogs in Glynn county.

Derlie Bland Rectanus & Vice Admiral Earl Rectanus Children’s Reading Room & Garden Fund – This fund provides for the needs of the Derlie Bland children’s room and adjoining garden at the Appling County Public Library.

The Halsey Family Scholarship Fund – The fund supports graduating seniors from Camden County High School who are attending a regionally accredited college or university with plans to complete an undergraduate degree in the biological or physical sciences.

Christ Church Frederica ECW Scholarship Fund - The fund supports female students of the Episcopal faith from Glynn or McIntosh County.

Read: Power of Endowment


Donor Advised Funds

This is the Foundation’s most flexible and popular fund allowing donors to establish their own named grantmaking fund and make grant recommendations to a broad range of charities, without the administrative burden. Essentially, a DAF looks and feels like your own professionally staffed private foundation, but with better tax benefits, greater flexibility, fewer expenses, and without the worries of accounting and investment management. With a minimum of a $10,000 to establish a Donor Advised Fund, or $50,000 to establish an endowed advised fund (permanent) - donors and their children, if desired, advise or recommend grants from their fund to create a lasting, impactful philanthropic legacy.

Some Common Uses: 

Breaking up stock: Using appreciated stock for charitable donations to multiple organizations can be challenging because of the time involved in breaking up the stock. Instead, you can donate the entire block of stock to a donor-advised fund in a single transaction. The Coastal Georgia Foundation then sells the stock (and, because CCGF is a charitable organization, the transaction is not subject to capital gains tax) and the total value of the stock is credited to your donor-advised fund. You can then easily recommend grants from your fund to however many organizations you wish, and CCGF will take care of all the administration of those donations. 

Windfall: When a person receives a windfall, like an inheritance or a large salary bonus, donating a portion of the windfall to charity can help offset taxes. But what if the amount you want to donate is beyond the level of your usual charitable giving? You might need time to plan which charities you want to benefit, and how much each should receive, and when. Through a donor-advised fund, you can “buy time” to do this at a pace that is of your choosing. 

Foundation payout: Occasionally, a family foundation might need to make an additional distribution at the end of the year to fulfill its 5% required annual payout. A donor-advised fund can provide a way in which the family foundation can make a qualified distribution, because a donor-advised fund is part of CCGF, a charitable organization. The family foundation trustees can later consider what grants to recommend from their donor-advised fund, either supplementing their existing giving program, or branching out in a new direction.


  • Immediate tax deduction at the time gift is made, while grants can be recommended over time and years;

  • Only one charitable gift receipt to track; no paperwork to track

  • Quarterly statements with detailed information; Gift can be made anonymously; Investment and growth of assets is possible for larger funds;

  • May include others, such as children as advisors to the fund; Ability to tap into the knowledge and expertise of the foundation staff on nonprofits and the challenges in the community;

  • Donors may recommend grant distributions at any time throughout the United States Donor Advised Funds link individuals, families and businesses to community needs, allow donors to recommend grants that support specific nonprofit organizations they wish to support and provide many benefits over a private foundation.

If you'd like more information on how a donor advised fund could work for you, please contact your professional advisor or consider us a resource: 912-268-4442.  




Community Need

children and backpacksBlessings In a Backpack

      - (Feeding the Future of America one school at a time)



A local program of Blessings in a Backpack was started at Altama Elementary School in Brunswick for the 2012-13 school year.  Blessings in a Backpack is a results-oriented, nationwide program designed to feed elementary school children whose families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Meal program, and have little or no food on the weekends.  Nationwide, 62% of children are fed weekday breakfast and lunch through the Federal program.  At Altama Elementary, the percentage of children qualifying is more than 90 percent, so the need is great.  Hungry children are not ready to learn.  Deborah Harris is the program coordinator who raises the funds, orders and arranges for delivery of the food, and coordinates volunteers to pack the food at the school.  Currently, 473 children are provided with easy-to-prepare kid-friendly food each weekend during the school year.  Publix at Glynn Place is helping by providing early access to information on special prices, and by delivering the groceries to the school.  100% of your donation goes directly to cover the cost of the food for the children at Altama Elementary. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health, and increased attendance have all been attributed to the success of this program.  If you are interested in investing in this great program, please contact us or Deborah Harris at or (425) 260-5533.

Needed $25,000 by August 25, 2013

Reasons to Give

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is unique in the range and depth of service that we offer to individuals and corporations who want to make a lasting difference.  As our partner in giving, you receive the simplicity and tax advantages of a public charity combined with the personal recognition, involvement and flexibility of a private foundation.  And because we plan to be here, serving Coastal Georgia for a long time, you can be assured that there will be a permanent source of funds creating a charitable legacy in which you can take genuine pride.

A named grantmaking fund can be established with a simple document that requires less than an hour to prepare as we guide you through the process.  With a minimum of $10,000, accomplishing your objectives is made easy by our professional management of your fund.

Our staff and governing board are made up of knowledgeable, concerned community citizens and volunteers like yourself who are dedicated to ensuring that your charitable giving is as effective as possible.  We quickly identify local and regional issues to make grants where they will do the most good.  If your fund operated independently and had to recreate our services on its own, the price tag would be prohibitive.  At the Foundation, your grantmaking fund shares the costs of a knowledgeable staff, enjoys excellent financial management and benefits from a closely monitored investment strategy.

Whether you want to give now or in the future, locally or nationally, we take pride in our ability to customize services to meet your charitable goals.  We will meet with you individually or with your financial advisor to discuss your charitable giving needs and how they can best be fulfilled to make the most of your philanthropic dollars.

You may establish a fund that supports charitable organizations or programs you care about, the community’s greatest areas of need, or a broad field of interest.  You may also contribute to an existing fund or make an unrestricted gift to the Coastal Community Endowment that our board of directors will put to good use in the community on your behalf.  An important part of our work is building a permanent collection of funds for our community.  Our board of directors ensures that these funds will grow in perpetuity and will continue to carry out the charitable objectives of the donors who established them.

You decide when or whether you want to be recognized for your giving or remain anonymous.  You can feel secure in knowing that your personal information will never be disclosed.

Immediate Tax Deduction
Because the Foundation is a public charity, donations qualify for the maximum available deduction for charitable contributions in the year in which the gift is made.  We can also offer solutions to help reduce your estate-tax liability.

For Grant and Scholarship Seekers

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) understands the importance of strong non-profit agencies serving the people of our community.  The mission, strength and effectiveness of non-profits contributes to the artistic vibrancy of our communities, the health of our children, the intellectual power of our citizens, the beauty of our environment, and our civic lives.  We applaud you for the strides that are being made and your commitment to the common purpose of a better community.

The Foundation supports several types of grants to approved charities:

  • Grants recommended by donors from Donor Advised Funds,
  • Grants awarded competitively in the Community Impact Fund grant cycle,
  • Grants from endowed funds allocated to the purpose determined by the donor(s),
  • Grants from business and community funds,
  • Grants from partner philanthropies with which we work.

CCGF also has four scholarships it oversees for deserving students and nonprofit agencies each year. We expect this number to grow as our Foundation grows.