Atlanta Community Foundation reaches $1.1 billion in assets

By Maria Saporta

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has reached a new milestone – it now has $1.1 billion assets, according to its unaudited 2017 Annual Report released on Tuesday.

The annual report also states that the Foundation awarded $100 million in grants to 3,100 nonprofit organization – locally, nationally and internationally. More than 70 percent of those grants were made to nonprofits in the 23-county metro Atlanta region, the Foundation’s area of expertise.

Alicia Philipp

Alicia Philipp

The Foundation also received $144 million in new gifts from donors in 2017 through a combination of additions to existing funds as well as the establishment of 59 new donor funds.

“Atlanta continues to be a film production hub, especially for movies about superheroes, and we thought it was fitting to put a twist on that theme and shine a spotlight on the everyday heroes doing good work to make our region stronger,” said Alicia Philipp, president of Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “While our super heroes don’t have X-ray vision or the ability to fly, they do have the strength and collective power to lift our region to greater good.”

The annual report, however, shows that the Community Foundation is still far from its goal of having $1.6 billion in assets by the end of 2018.

Two years ago, Philipp’s stated its ambitious $1.6 billion – nearly doubling the $950 million in assets that it had at the of 2015.

At the time, Philipps said she thought the goal was not only achievable, but needed so the Foundation could increase its investment in metro Atlanta. She pointed to the Columbus, Ohio community foundation, which had assets of $1.8 billion at the end of 2014 as well as the Foundation for the Carolinas in Charlotte, which had assets of $1.74 billion.

According to the 2017 annual report, highlights included:

  • The Foundation distributed $100 million through 8,200 grants to 3,100 nonprofit organizations in five impact areas: arts, community development, education, nonprofit effectiveness and wellbeing.
  • The Foundation launched Learn4Life in conjunction with Atlanta Regional Commission, Metro Atlanta Chamber and United Way, aiming to identify barriers to students gaining a quality education and to scale solutions that will improve outcomes.
  • The Foundation made strides to bridge the equity gap in metro Atlanta through innovative partnerships with MailChimp Community College and the Spark Opportunity donor giving circle.
  • The Foundation transitioned a private, family foundation to a fund that allows the family to focus on the impact of their giving, not administrative tasks.
  • The Foundation celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Jeffrey Fashion Cares, a fashionable fundraiser that in its history has raised nearly $3 million for the Atlanta AIDS Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in the region.

“All-told, the stories illustrated in our annual report show the power of tremendous collective impact in a year’s time,” Philipp said in a statement. “But at its core, the work of philanthropy in Atlanta is happening one family at a time, one pair of glasses at a time and one innovative solution at a time.”

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta logo

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta logo

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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