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:

 

 

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.

 

Contact & Directions

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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

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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.

Baby Steps Initiative

We Celebrate Our Previous Executive Director, Lee Owen!!

Lee Hiers Owen joined the Foundation in 2006 as its only staff member.  During the following seven years, an additional staff member was added, administrative policies and procedures were set in place, assets grew from $3 to almost $13 million. The foundation received its National Standards certification and program initiatives were birthed.  One of those, the Early Childhood Literacy Initiative (known as, Baby Steps) was Lee’s passion which she guided to a successful transition to community partners.   Upon her retirement in June, programs were in place throughout the community to continue those efforts.  We celebrate the accomplishments of a small but great lady and wish her well in pursuing personal interests and enjoying retirement! 

Learn more about the Baby Steps Initiative – and Lend Your Support to Early Childhood Literacy.  Thanks to a matching grant from a Foundation Fundholder, each contribution will be matched dollar-for-dollar.  Make a difference in your community and double your impact.

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  Brunswick News 6.28-29.2014 Lee and CF

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“Baby Steps” Early Literacy Initiative of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

How it Came to Be, What it Did, Where it is Going

A Final Report

An essential role of a community foundation is to act as a neutral convener – leading the community to address complex community problems and helping form a collaborative response.

The results of 2009 community needs assessment commissioned by the community foundation indicated clearly that the issue of greatest concern was the quality of education. Recognizing that several attempts were being made to improve high school graduation rates by focusing on the needs of current high school students, and armed with data that showed that children who do not read on grade level by the third grade were four times more likely than their peers to drop out of high school, the community foundation decided to concentrate its efforts on early childhood literacy.

The resulting community foundation initiative was named “Baby Steps,” a nod to both the intended target audience and the fact that we were a young community foundation without a record of community convening/leadership. Our mission was to convene major players, raise public awareness, research best practices, experiment with avenues of approach, and launch a robust program to address the issue.

We convened an initial meeting of community leaders, philanthropists, corporate representatives and concerned educators in the fall of 2010 with the resulting formation of an Early Literacy Advisory Council. Meeting quarterly over the next year, this council researched best practices, discussed avenues of approach, and targeted four focus areas: access to books and a literacy-rich and stimulating environment for children of low income families in Brunswick; assisting in building professionalism and early literacy resources at local child care centers; emphasizing the role of parents in early literacy; and providing information on early screening for learning and developmental disabilities to parents, providers and educators.

Major Achievements:

Created an $8,000 reading/media center at the FACES pre-K at Burroughs-Molette School for some 220 four and five year olds. This included the purchase of over 400 books for the center and the recruitment of volunteer readers from the St. Simons Island Rotary Club.

Hosted representatives from the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS), including Stephanie Blank from the Arthur Blank Foundation/Atlanta, to a public forum on early education.

Created a media center at Head Start and purchased over $1,600 worth of age-appropriate books.

Developed a guide for parents to promote early literacy – distributed over 1,000 copies in the community.

Worked with the Brunswick News to feature monthly articles on the importance of early literacy – over 16 feature articles in 2011 and 2012.

Formed a “lunch and learn” opportunity for child care center directors to meet together quarterly, often with presentations from early learning professionals.

With a grant from the Atlanta-based Zeist Foundation, hired a coordinator for the initiative.

Launched a campaign to create a permanent endowment for early literacy.

Engaged students from the education department at the College of Coastal Georgia and gave a $7,000 grant for them to purchase materials to construct fourteen “Literacy Kits,” and then helped place the students and their kits at child care centers and Head Start.

Created reading rooms at McIntyre Court and Glynnvilla housing authority properties and assigned reading volunteers to those sites.

Furnished the Glynn County Health Department with nearly a total year’s funding to purchase books for them to continue as a chapter of the nationally-acclaimed Reach Out and Read program that uses health practitioners and well-baby visits to promote early literacy.

Challenged the Marshes of Glynn Libraries to a more focused role in promoting early literacy. Gave grants for the creation of a “book bag tree” and the purchase of an American Libraries Association sanctioned curriculum for early literacy.

Recognizing that in the long-term, a community foundation is not a social service provider and does not run permanent programs, it considers itself successful if its initiative is embraced by partners in the community and incorporated into their programs.

By this standard, “Baby Steps” has exceeded expectations: 

The Marshes of Glynn Libraries has incorporated an emphasis on early literacy into its strategic plan. With a community foundation grant of $29,500 for their fiscal year 2015, the library will contract with the initiative’s coordinator to bring the “Every Child Ready to Read” early literacy program to Glynn County. Target audience will be low income families with children under age five.

The volunteer reader program has been adopted and formalized by the St. Simons Island Rotary Club as part of its community service under the name “Reading Rockets.” Over thirty volunteers are conducting regular reading sessions at sites created through grants from the community foundation. More community volunteers are being trained quarterly and the public library is assisting with recruiting efforts.

The highly successful quarterly “lunch and learn” sessions for child care center directors from throughout the county will be continued under the leadership of two center directors who have accepted the challenge from the community foundation. Content-rich presentations are scheduled at each meeting with assistance from the GA Department of Early Care and Learning, the College of Coastal Georgia, and others.

Our community foundation has received state, regional and national recognition for our attempts to bring public attention to the importance of reading readiness. Our efforts have been formally recognized by GEEARS, Reach Out and Read, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the National Campaign for Grade Level Reading.

The College of Coastal Georgia has created an associate professorship for Reading/Language Arts – due primarily to the attention we drew to the issue.

The Glynn County Department of Education has adopted a plan to foster reading readiness and kindergarten transition and had hired a literacy specialist.

The Community Foundation has created a permanent endowment for early literacy which currently stands at $160,000.

The name “Baby Steps” will be retired, but the community partners have assumed its programmatic elements and will carry on the focus on early literacy and reading readiness.           

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