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Foundation leads field trip to Macon

On Thursday, May 30, the Coastal Georgia Foundation took about 35 downtown Brunswick stakeholders (business owners, developers, residents and public officials) on a full-day field trip to Macon, Ga. where the group heard from community leaders about the planning and execution of Macon’s successful revitalization effort.  Some of the key points from Macon included 1) their focus on attracting residents downtown, 2) their collaborative work to achieve a unified vision for the downtown area and 3) thinking big but working in a clearly defined area (one block at a time) with smaller, achievable successes.  

Foundation awards two Halsey Family Scholarships

The Coastal Georgia Foundation awarded the Halsey Family Scholarship this past Tuesday to two very deserving graduating seniors from Camden County High School, Autumn Coughlin and Bryce Sawyer. The scholarship was established by Jack and Sandy Halsey and recognizes students from Camden County pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in either a Biological or Physical Sciences field or pursuing the Music or Music Education field. The $4,000-per-year award is in recognition of the significant influence that both science and music education and research had on both of the Halseys’ lives.

First Correll Scholar graduates

On May 9, Stephan Young graduated from the University of West Georgia, becoming the first Correll Scholar to do so in the program’s history. Founded in 2015 by A.D “Pete” and Ada Lee Correll, the Correll Scholars Program provides scholarships to talented Glynn County high school graduates who are members of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center and are pursuing a post-secondary degree through one of Georgia’s public academic or technical colleges. The scholarship is managed by the Coastal Georgia Foundation.

Ellen Fleming, Board member and academic leader, dies

With deep sorrow, we share the news of the passing of Coastal Georgia Foundation Board member Ellen Fleming. Ellen served the Foundation for over six years with compassion, thoughtfulness and leadership.

Her funeral will take place at St. Simons Presbyterian Church on Sunday, May 12, at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has collaborated to create the Frederica Academy Ellen Fleming Memorial Fund for those who want to express their sympathy. Gifts may also be made to the St. Simons Presbyterian Church in Ellen's memory.

Click here to read a front-page article which appeared in the Brunswick News about Ellen's extraordinary life and service to our community.


Ryan Gravel: Video of Presentation

Click here for a full length video of Ryan Gravel's presentation to our community on March 21. 


Rising Sea Level Event: Presentations and Video

The room was full on January 22 at the "Rising Sea Level Predictions: What They Might Mean for Glynn County" event.  Thank you to our panelists: Kim Cobb and Russ Clark, Jill Gambill, Jennifer Kline, Jimmy Junkin, Charles Ezelle and Mason Waters. These experts provided scientific information as well as perspective on interpreting, understanding and utilizing the data.

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Upcoming Scholarship Deadline, March 1

The Correll Scholars Program of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation had a deadline of February 1 which was moved to March 1 for this year only. Applicants must be Glynn County high school graduates pursuing a two- or four-year degree at one of Georgia’s public universities, and who are also members of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center of the Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia.

Foundation increases grantmaking by 30 percent in 2018

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is excited to report that it made grants totaling $2,952,683 in 2018.*

“In 2018, we increased our grantmaking by 30 percent over the previous year,” says Foundation President and CEO Paul White. “This is a testament to the generosity of this community, our fundholders and the quality of nonprofit work being done in this area.”

The Foundation is made up of over 70 funds – donor-advised funds representing the majority – and its grantmaking is directed by its Board, Grants Committee, and fund holders. The Foundation staff is knowledgeable about the issues that are critically important to this community, and it works with its partners to make strategic and collaborative philanthropic decisions.

“We are privileged to work with many knowledgeable and passionate donors and fundholders who seek to make an impact through meaningful and measurable philanthropy,” says Board Chairman Jack Kilgore. “Their vision alongside the Foundation’s expertise really drive these numbers.”

Click here for a link to our 2018 Community Impact Grantees

* unaudited

About the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) 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 over $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.

CCGF announces 2019 grant cycle, expanded focus

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) is pleased to announce its 2019 Community Impact Fund grant cycle. The application period begins January 2 and proposals are due by February 28. Awards will be announced in early June.

The Foundation will continue to focus on agencies working with at-risk youth and demonstrating measurable results. In addition, this year the Foundation will expand its focus, taking into consideration that the success of young people is connected in-part to the success of their caregivers. Using a two-generational approach, the CCGF will also consider proposals from agencies that support the parents, guardians and caregivers of at-risk youth.  

“Our Board has decided to expand our focus this year in an effort to provide a continuum of services to families in need,” says Paul White, President and CEO of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. “By working with agencies that serve caregivers and children, we work to break the cycle of poverty, one family at a time.” 

The Foundation will accept proposals for up to $5,000 from agencies with:

1) Programs serving at-risk youth and which specifically address one of these areas: Early Childhood Literacy and/or Quality-Rated Child Care; Teen pregnancy and births to unwed young mothers; Juvenile Crime and Gang Activity; High School Graduation and Workforce Readiness; Youth Development and Innovative Education Strategies; or Risk Reduction, including child protective, substance abuse, and/or mental health services.

2) Services that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security for adults.

With any questions about the Community Impact Fund, the process for applications, or the Foundation, please call Ellen Post, Grants and Operations Manager: 912-268-4442 or email

Click HERE to apply beginning January 2.