Who We Are
In Assets (as of December 31, 2023) *𝑢𝑛𝑎𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑
Total in Grants & Scholarship since inception in 1985 (as of December 2023) *𝑢𝑛𝑎𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑
Scholarships Granted in 2023
Invested in the community in 2023 through grants. *𝑢𝑛𝑎𝑢𝑑𝑖𝑡𝑒𝑑
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.
The North Georgia Community Foundation helps people and non-profits invest generously in the lives of those who call our community home.
North Georgia: A caring community where giving is a way of life.
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 their office to 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.
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.
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