Community Foundation of Coffee County
A growing resource for the Douglas-Coffee County community, the assets of the Community Foundation of Coffee County have grown to more than $3.5 million. The corpus of CFCC now includes donor advised funds, agency, unrestricted, and field-of-interest funds.
Coffee County leaders say they are delighted by the response to the L.E.a.P. capital campaign spearheaded by the Douglas-Coffee Chamber of Commerce and the Douglas-Coffee Economic Development Authority. The Leadership, Excellence and Progress (LEaP) Campaign closed out its first year in August 2010, having raised more than $1.6 million through private investments to support acquisition of land and a spec building for a new industrial park. These contributions are managed by CFCG in a short term Field of Interst Fund.
"We appreciate all those who chose to take the LEaP with us as we plan for the future," Stuart Smith, LEaP Chairman sid in the campaign's annual report. "We welcome new investors and look forward to growing jobs and opportunities in Coffee County."
"The board of the Community Foundation of Coffee County also held a retreat in the summer of 2010 to see how far they have come and to consider future directions," said Robert L. Porter, board chairman. Despite the weak economy, CFCC has remained strong since it began in 2002. The active local board is dedicated to its mission to providing funding to support sound community growth. The access to the Community Foundation of Central Georgia's comprehensive support services and professional investment management continues to be invaluable, Porter said. "We really appreciate the quality of their people," he said. "They do the work for us; they're our staff."
Building endowments to provide for the future of our community is as important to our quality of life as anything one might choose to do. The continuing success of the Foundation underscores its stated mission of advancing philanthropy in the community and connecting people who care with causes that matter.
An example of this commitment is the South Georgia Soccer Club Endowment Fund, established by the non-profit South Georgia Soccer Club, Inc. The Fund will promote fun, sportsmanship, physical fitness, and skills through soccer for children in Coffee and surrounding counties. The Board of Directors of the Club believed that establishing the Fund would provide a reliable base of annual income to support its activities and was the best way to advance its charitable goals.
The Douglas-Coffee County Chamber of Commerce established an Economic Development Fund with CFCC, a permanent endowment that is managed by the Community Foundation of Central Georgia. The Fund is used to promote the economic development of Coffee County.
CFCC does not hold an annual fundraiser so as not to compete with local charities who do engage in annual fundraising events. “Instead, we’re looking for the person who wants to do something in a planned giving way,” Porter said. For additional information regarding the Community Foundation of Coffee County, please call 1-866-750-9338.