By Judy Waters
Each year when we sit down to compile information for our annual report, it really makes me stop and reflect on just how much impact our Foundation has on the health, well being, and quality of life here in our community. I am truly humbled and inspired by the generosity of our donors and the power of their philanthropy.
I am grateful for the volunteers, board members, and professional advisors who donate hundreds of hours each year to help further our mission to help our region thrive. I am awed with the number of organizations and causes we support and the thousands of lives we touch and improve each year. As we help philanthropists connect their resources to causes that really matter to them, we really do enable them to make their personal and collective giving more impactful.
The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia is rapidly approaching our 30th anniversary year. Since 1985 we have given back more than $52 Million to support our community on so many fronts. We have invested $14.7 Million in health and human services. $14.3 Million supported community services. $10 Million was channeled to support and improve education. $3.5 million were invested in the arts. $9.4 Million fortified faith-based organizations and more than $.5 Million brought online and furthered valuable environmental programs and services.
Thanks to our donors’ benevolence we have funded scholarships, brought new facilities online, bought life-saving medical equipment, fed the hungry, sheltered the homeless, supported victims of domestic violence, educated children, supported refugees, trained new teachers, shared faith, taught environmental awareness, enabled service projects, fought disease, strengthened arts programs, offered disaster relief, and so much more. This wasn’t accomplished by just a wealthy few, but by thousands of people with giving hearts that gave at their own pace, at their own level, in their own unique ways. It was all made possible by people helping people!
So what is your passion? What is your cause? Where would you like to make a greater impact on the world? That’s what we are here to help you do. Deep down we all want to leave a footprint on this earth and leave the world a better place.
So, I ask — What are your charitable goals? Are you giving spontaneously to random causes or do you have a charitable giving plan that has measureable impact? There are so many ways to give and we are here to help you formulate a giving plan that fits you. Reach out to us at 770-813-3380 and let’s start the dialogue.
Judy Waters is Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Northeast Georgia.
People Helping People is a publication of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health & Human Services.
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