Who We Are


In Assets (as of July 2019)


Total in Grants & Scholarship (as of April 2019)


Scholarships Granted in 2019


Invested in the community through grants and scholarships in 2018

Founded in 1985 by a group of citizens interested in encouraging philanthropy and strengthening communities, the North Georgia Community Foundation was built by the community to serve the community and exists today to strengthen our region by inspiring giving, investing in nonprofit organizations and mobilizing action.


A nonprofit that connects charitable people with areas of need

A trusted steward of our donors’ charitable assets with a focus on long-term growth

Accredited by the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

A four-star rated organization on Charity Navigator

Achieved GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency


The North Georgia Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations and donors by building, distributing and preserving philanthropic assets to enhance the spirit of community and the quality of life in our region.

We are here for good, for ever…


The North Georgia Community Foundation envisions a community with sufficient philanthropic resources that, when invested and utilized effectively, will produce an extraordinary quality of life. We and our donors understand that North Georgia is more than a place, it is a community. 

Our History


The Community Foundation vision became a reality with a $250,000 grant from the Gannett Foundation to start the Gainesville Community Foundation.

1987 - 1996

Under the strong leadership of early executive directors Julia Cromartie (1987-1990) and Maria Calkins (1991-1996), the Foundation became a well-respected organization in the community.


To represent a more regional approach, the Gainesville Community Foundation became North Georgia Community Foundation.


NGCF reached $5 million in assets and Jim Mathis was named Executive Director where he would continue to serve for 18 years with outstanding board chairs.


NGCF moved to its current location on Oak Street launching the Non-Profit Center which included twelve other non-profit organizations.


NGCF, together with United Way of Hall County and Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, founded WomenSource.


The Georgia Mountain Food Bank was created as a separate non-profit organization under the leadership of NGCF.


After seven years, The John Jarrard Fund at NGCF successfully became its own non-profit organization, The John Jarrard Foundation.


Awarded $60 million in grants since 1985.


Michelle R. Prater was named as President and CEO. Forsyth County Community Foundation, NGCF’s first affiliate foundation, was established.


NGCF established an annual Celebration of Community event.


Exceeded $60 million in assets. A $250,000 grant was awarded to NGCF for the renovation of the Non-Profit Center.

Financial Information

Our commitment to our donors and the communities we serve is to be trusted stewards of the assets donors have given to the Foundation and to invest them wisely. Our ability to serve our community rests on our ability to prudently manage and grow assets entrusted to us. Check out more about our investment policy and financial documents.


News & Publications

We invite you to explore our latest news for information on the work we do and the latest happenings at the Community Foundation as well as useful information about issues facing our community.


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