Initiative: Forward Brunswick

Forward Brunswick is a civic-level vehicle for dialogue and discussion, supporting the economic and community development of downtown Brunswick, Ga. 

Forward Brunswick Purpose and Values Statement

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 4pm, Brunswick Library: Next meeting of Forward Brunswick. 

Recent News

"We can raise a brave and beautiful city." Bert Roughton, guest columnist, The Brunswick News. October 5, 2019. Read here.

"Bringing it home." Distinguished Speaker Series Panel Discussion.

"Effort to revitalize Brunswick takes next step." Coastal Georgia Foundation. September 19, 2019. Read here.

Contact Forward Brunswick

Bert Roughton, volunteer chair:  

Anna Hall, communications:

 

 

Initiative: Rising Sea Levels

In late 2018, the Coastal Georgia Foundation was approached by one of its fundholders who had a question: Why isn't anyone talking about sea level rise in Glynn County? In early 2019, the Foundation hosted "Rising Sea Level Predictions: What They Might Mean for Glynn County," a 7-panelist forum co-hosted by the College of Coastal Georgia and the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce. 

Since that day,, the conversations and questions about rising seas in Glynn County and along the Coast of Georgia have continued, gaining more energy. There are experts within our midst at the Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Tech and University of Georgia, the Joint Water and Sewer Commission and engineering and planning firms that specialize in the coastal region. Based on the information provided by these experts - forecasting an assured interaction with rising tides in our future - the Foundation staff and Board have electing Rising Sea Levels as one of our strategic initiatives for 2019. 

Click on the below links to videos and presentations to learn more. To get involved in the development of resources and solutions to tackle this issue, contact us

 

Click on any of the presentations below to view/download a PDF.

Kim Cobb and Russ Clark Presentation

Jill Gambill Presentation

Jennifer Kline Presentation

Jimmy Junkin Presentation 

Charles Ezelle Presentation

Mason Waters Presentation  

 

About CCGF

The mission of the Coastal Georgia Foundation is to strengthen our communities through engaged philanthropy. We do this by connecting people who care with causes that matter in McIntosh, Glynn and Camden counties, as well as along the Georgia's coast.

CCGF is researcher, educator, funding counselor and community steward. And yes, grantmaker. More importantly, we serve as thoughtful matchmakers between the philanthropic desires of our donors and areas of need from local to global. 

The Difference Between Charity and Philanthropy

The distinction is important. While charity responds, philanthropy anticipates; charity is emotional, philanthropy is intellectual; charity seeks to solve, philanthropy seeks to prevent; charity is short-term, philanthropy is long-term; charity is about today, philanthropy is about tomorrow.

The Coastal Georgia Foundation is a hybrid. While the financial base of private foundations comes from a single source, we derive our support from an array of donors. And where most non-profit charities focus on a single issue or area of interest, we work with donors to invest in a variety of issues and promote a full range of community interests.

You Don’t Give To Us, You Give Through Us

The Coastal Georgia Foundation is not the beneficiary of donor donations. We are a conduit, a community-focused catalyst, a portal and a launch point for strategic and sustained philanthropy that serves the greater good.

History

3 chairmenHistory was made in the Golden Isles with the formation of the Coastal Georgia Foundation in 2005. Led by founding chair, Bill Jones III, a small group of local philanthropic visionaries set on a course to establish a public charitable organization devoted to improving the quality of life in Coastal Georgia. These dreamers believed that our community could join the ranks of the more than 750 successful communities and regions in the United States with establishment of a “community foundation.” Broadly defined, community foundations serve to bring a wide range of philanthropic interests together – individuals, families, businesses, community organizations – to promote civic and community well-being through collective, strategic, solution-focused philanthropy. Yet, unlike most other communities that have robust community foundations, Coastal Georgia did not have a wellspring of established, large corporate interests or headquarters from which to draw start-up funding. So, with its usual can-do attitude, Coastal Georgia made history by establishing a community foundation in its own unique way. More than sixty (60) local families and foundations came together and pledged their resources to create the Coastal Georgia Foundation – in hopes of ensuring its work would be “for good, forever.”

After fourteen years, the Foundation has grown to over $30 million in assets, representing over 80 funds. It is governed by a Board of Directors representing all three counties and employs two full-time staff.

We pay tribute to those Founders who provided the vision, commitment and financial leadership to establish the Coastal Georgia Foundation.

Mrs. Forrest Adair, III
Mr. & Mrs. John G. Altston
Mr. & Mrs. Dewey Benefield
Mr. & Mrs. James Bishop, Sr.
Mr. & Mrs. James Blanchard
Mr. & Mrs. Claude H. Booker, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Morton E. Boyd
Mr. & Mrs. Jim Calvert
Mr. & Mrs. Robert H. Castellini
Frederick E. & Helen Dykes Cooper Charitable Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. Lovick Corn
Mr. & Mrs. Frank DeLoach, Jr.
Mr. & Mrs. Jack Dinos
Mr. & Mrs. Don Dutson
Mrs. Martha Brumley Ellis
Mr. & Mrs. Brad Foster
Mr. & Mrs. John T. Glover
Mr. & Mrs. Jerry W. Harper
Mr. & Mrs. Bob Hatcher
Mr. & Mrs. William Heck
Mr. & Mrs. Reginald Jackson
In Memory of Mr. Howard Jones
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Jones III
Mr. & Mrs. Gene Kelly
Mr. & Mrs. James Kennedy
Mr. & Mrs. David Kuntz
Mr. & Mrs. C. Vance Leavy
Mr. & Mrs. Davis Love, III
Mr. & Mrs. James Lowrey
Mr. & Mrs. John Ludwig
Mr. & Mrs. James V. Manning
Mr. & Mrs. Dennie McCrary
Mr. William A. McIntosh
Mr. & Mrs. Walter McNeely
Mr. & Mrs. Russ Mentzer
Mr. & Mrs. Reg Murphy
Mr. & Mrs. Donald G. Myers
Mr. & Mrs. Mac Nease
Mr. & Mrs. Pat Pittard
Mr. & Mrs. M. E. Ralston
Mr. & Mrs. Buddy Redd
Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Reeves
Mr. & Mrs. Lee Richards
Mr. & Mrs. Dan Robitaille
Mr. & Mrs. John Rogers
Mrs. E. Clayton Shelhoss
Mrs. Frances Shropshire
Mr. & Mrs. Billy Shuman
John L. Simms Family
Mr. & Mrs. Ben T. Slade, III
Mr. & Mrs. Jeffrey Small
Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Smith, Jr.
Mr. Taylor W. Smith
St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation
Mr. & Mrs. William J. Stembler
Mr. & Mrs. Tom Sublett
Mr. & Mrs. Rees Sumerford
Mrs. Eloise Bailey Thompson
Mr. & Mrs. Dick Vieser
Ms. Susan Corn Wainright
Mr. & Mrs. Bill Walker
Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees

Meet Jane Prendergast, fund holder

Philanthropy in our Community

You may already know Jane Prendergast as a great athlete and golfer. Or as a committed friend. We know Jane as a founder, fund holder and generous giver.

In 2010, she and her husband Joe opened a fund with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. “We had a family foundation that we just needed to unload,” Jane said over lunch at Tramici.  “We felt burdened by the administration of it all and wanted to make our giving easy and fun again.”  The Prendergasts rolled their family foundation assets over to the Coastal Georgia Foundation, where they are now able to direct their grantmaking without the work of managing the administration, tax returns and investment strategy.

Jane and Joe both grew up in families with many siblings. Jane credits her family for instilling in her an innate sense of generosity and duty to share the wealth. Jane and Joe make numerous grants to local agencies through their fund at the Coastal Georgia Foundation. “It’s so easy, I just send an email to the Foundation and grants go out,” Jane said.

Jane is currently on the Board of the STAR Foundation and the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra. When she is not serving in this capacity, she is working on perfecting her golf game. “You have to be OK with playable misses,” she said with a smile. Now we know Jane’s sage widsom as well.  

To learn more about how the Coastal Georgia Foundation can help you with your grantmaking, call us: 912-268-4442.

Philanthropy in our Community


Prendergasts
You may already know Jane Prendergast as a great athlete and golfer. Or as a committed friend. We also know Jane as a fund holder and generous giver.

In 2010, she and her husband Joe opened a fund with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. “We had a family foundation that we just needed to unload,” Jane said over lunch at Tramici.  “We felt burdened by the administration of it all and wanted to make our giving easy and fun again.”  The Prendergasts rolled their family foundation assets over to the Coastal Georgia Foundation, where they are now able to direct their grantmaking without the work of managing the administration, tax returns and investment strategy.

Jane and Joe both grew up in families with many siblings. Jane credits her family for instilling in her an innate sense of generosity and duty to share the wealth. Jane and Joe make numerous grants to local agencies through their fund at the Coastal Georgia Foundation. “It’s so easy, I just send an email to the Foundation and grants go out,” Jane said.

Jane is currently on the Board of the STAR Foundation and the Golden Isles Youth Orchestra. When she is not serving in this capacity, she is working on perfecting her golf game. “You have to be OK with playable misses,” she said with a smile. Now we know Jane’s sage widsom as well.  

To learn more about how the Coastal Georgia Foundation can help you with your grantmaking, call us: 912-268-4442.

 

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Sustainers, Founders, Supporters, Patrons and Friends

Community Foundations rely on unrestricted donations and gifts to offset the costs of operations and maintain cost-effectiveness. These generous families, individuals and organizations are the cornerstones upon which our philanthropy has been built. Their commitment and compassion remain the catalyst for our continued success.

SUSTAINERS

(cumulative gifts of $100,000 or more)
Mr. and Mrs. Claude H. Booker, Jr.
Correll Family Foundation Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Dinos
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Jones, III
Mr. and Mrs. James Kennedy
Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Lucas(2014)
Ms. Jeanne Kaufmann Manning
Mr. and Mrs. Dennie McCrary
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Murphy
Mr. and Mrs. Mac Nease
Mr. Hugh P. Nunnally, Jr.
St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation
Mrs. E. Clayton Shelhoss
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Shuman
Mr. and Mrs. William J. Stembler
Mrs. Eloise Bailey Thompson
The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation
The Zeist Foundation

FOUNDERS

(cumulative gifts of $50,000 to $99,999)
Mrs. Forrest Adair, III
Mr. and Mrs. John G. Alston
Mr. and Mrs. Philip Anschutz (2015)
Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Benefield
Mr. and Mrs. James Bishop, Sr.
Mr. and Mrs. James Blanchard
Mr. and Mrs. Morton E. Boyd
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Calvert
Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Castellini
Frederick E. & Helen Dykes Cooper Charitable Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Lovick Corn
Mr. Scott A. Corwon (2016)
Mr. and Mrs. Frank DeLoach
Mr. and Mrs. Don Dutson
Mrs. Martha Brumley Ellis
Mr. and Mrs. Brad Foster
Mr. and Mrs. John T. Glover
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Harper
Mr. and Mrs. Bob Hatcher
Mr. and Mrs. William Heck
Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Holder (2016)
Mr. and Mrs. Reginald Jackson
In Memory of Mr. Howard Jones
Mr. and Mrs. Gene Kelly
Mr. and Mrs. David Kuntz
Mr. and Mrs. C. Vance Leavy
Mr. and Mrs. Davis Love, III
Mr. and Mrs. James Lowrey
Mr. and Mrs. John Ludwig
Mr. and Mrs. James V. Manning
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Markley
Mr. William McIntosh
Mr. and Mrs. Walter McNeely
Mr. and Mrs. Russ Mentzer
Mr. and Mrs. Martin J. Miller
Mr. and Mrs. Donald G. Myers
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Pittard
Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Ralston
Mr. and Mrs. Buddy Redd
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Reeves
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Richards
Mr. and Mrs. Dan Robitaille
Mr. and Mrs. John Rogers
Mrs. Frances Shropshire
John F. Simms Family
Mr. and Mrs. Ben T. Slade, III
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Small
Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Smith, Jr.
Mr. Taylor W. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Sublett
Mr. and Mrs. Rees M. Sumerford
Mr. and Mrs. Dick Vieser
Mrs. Susan Corn Wainright
Mr. and Mrs. Bill Walker
Mr. and Mrs. Keith Weikel
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Yellowlees

SUPPORTERS

(cumulative gifts of 25,000 to 49,999)
Coastal Bank of Georgia
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Donohue
Mr. and Mrs. J. David Everett
Mr. and Mrs. Richard V. Giery
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred W. Jones, Jr.
James and Dana Manning
Mr.and Mrs. Paul F. O'Connor
Mr. and Mrs. Wright Steenrod

PATRONS

(cumulative gifts of $10,000 to $24,999)
Mr. and Mrs. Sangwoo Ahn
Anonymous
Mr. and Mrs. William W. Blodgett
Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Bowie
Mr. and Mrs. Douglas W. Cranford
Gilbert, Harrell, Sumerford & Martin, PC
Mr. and Mrs. J. Lewis Glenn
Mr. and Mrs. Jack F. Halsey
Ms. Pamela Hughes
Thomas H. Lanier Foundation
Dr. and Mrs. William J. Laws
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Ledbetter
Mr. and Mrs. Charles R. Lott
Mr. and Mrs. Jackson Moore
Moore, Stephens, Tiller LLC
Mr. and Mrs. William M. Ogie
Mr. and Mrs. John J. Powers
Mr. and Mrs. Joe Prendergast
 
 
Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Prickett
Mr. and Mrs. Rick Shelnutt
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Wheeler

FRIENDS

(all other gifts)
Atlantic National Bank
Bank of America Corporation
Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Barker
Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Beard
The Jennifer and Thomas Bell Family Foundation
Mrs. Regina Bridges
Mr. and Mrs. Rocker Channell
Mr. William Cohen
Ms. Ellen Fleming
Ms. Harriet B. Gilbert
Ms. Ann Jones Gregg
Mr. and Mrs. Holcombe T. Green, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. S. Michael Hardy
Dr. Valerie A. Hepburn and Mr. David Hayes
Mr. and Mrs. Dwayne Hoven
Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Jacobs
Jacobs, Coolidge & Co., LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Donald R. Keough
Mr. and Mrs. Jack C. Kilgore
Kinney & Kinney, LLC
Mr. and Mrs. Donald M. Leebern, Jr.
Michael Maloy
Mr. and Mrs. John Marquess
Mr. and Mrs. William Bernard McCloud
McGinty Gordon and Associates, Inc.
 
Mr. William A. McIntosh
Mr. John "Spider" Miller
Moore Stephens Tiller, LLC
Dr. and Mrs. S. Lloyd Newberry, Jr.
Mrs. Arlene Norris
The Community Foundation For Northeast Florida
Mr. and Mrs. Cannon Owen
Ms. Ann Pequigney
Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Pinson
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory A. Post
Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Raclin
Ms. Jennifer K. Reich
Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Reid
Mr. and Mrs. Craig Root
The Sibley-Saltonstall Charitable Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Sams, III
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Shirley
Mr. James H. Squires
Mrs. Hillary S. Stringfellow
Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Strother
SunTrust Foundation
Synovus Trust Company
The UPS Foundation
Walmart Stores, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. Paul C. White
 

Mission and Values

Strengthening Our Communities Through Engaged Philanthropy

fingerprintTHUMBPRINTS + BLUEPRINTS

In the actions we take today and in the legacy we leave for tomorrow, we all have the desire to make our mark. – Make an impact. Make a difference. That difference finds voice in the word philanthropy. – By definition, a noun. Yet philanthropy can be the most active of verbs, energized when placed in motion as people become truly connected to their community and connect their passions with a purpose. – The thumbprint is yours alone. The blueprint that brings it to life is what we do together.

connecting people who care with causes that matter.

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is many things: researcher, educator, funding counselor and community steward. And yes, grantmaker. More importantly, we serve as thoughtful matchmakers between the philanthropic desires of our donors and areas of need from local to global.

This engaged matchmaking is the product of the exhaustive research and keen understanding that intimately aligns donors with recipients.

While the Foundation seeks to evaluate and address local community needs, we are equally skilled at fulfilling the wishes of donors who desire to support specific fields or organizations for which they have a personal interest, even if they exist well beyond our region.

Our mission is founded on partnering with donors to make a measurable and meaningful impact on a community and on the lives of those who live there.

The beginning point is not vast wealth. It’s simply your desire to make a difference.

the difference between charity and philanthropy.

The distinction is important. While charity responds, philanthropy anticipates; charity is emotional, philanthropy is intellectual; charity seeks to solve, philanthropy seeks to prevent; charity is short-term, philanthropy is long-term; charity is about today, philanthropy is about tomorrow.

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is a hybrid. While the financial base of private foundations comes from a single source, we derive our support from an array of donors. And where most non-profit charities focus on a single issue or area of interest, we work with donors to invest in a variety of issues and promote a full range of community interests.

you don’t give to us. you give through us.

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is not the beneficiary of donor donations. We are a conduit, a community-focused catalyst, a portal and a launch point for strategic and sustained philanthropy that serves the greater good.

Footprints are fleeting. Thumbprints are uniquely and indelibly yours, leaving a distinctly personal stamp and impression on what you choose to touch.

Higher Standards

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation meets National Standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector.

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