Our 30th Anniversary

Celebrating Three Decades of Philanthropy

30 years of philanthropy


In 1993, a group of forward-thinking community leaders founded the Community Foundation of Central Georgia to encourage philanthropy and strengthen our region. For 30 years, CFCG has provided donors a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. Their generosity achieves their own personal philanthropic impact, and collectively strengthens our region — both now and for generations to come. Throughout the year, we’ll be sharing some of the stories that woven together create the fabric of the Central Georgia community.

The Stories

Making a Difference with your Giving

Local financial advisor, Rachel Ayres, believes creating a charitable fund at CFCG gives donors a meaningful, effective and efficient way to give back. Many donors choose to open a charitable fund with CFCG because they want to maximize their impact and create a legacy of giving to support their community.

Hear Her Story
Making a Difference for Families at Christmas

The Merrie Christmas Project is a charitable fund created in loving memory of Merrie Kaplan. Known as someone who radiated joy everywhere she went and loved everything about the Christmas season, the Kaplan family wanted to honor Merrie’s life by spreading joy to others. Now, through their generosity and the generosity of others, the fund provides food, holiday decorations and gifts to area families in need every holiday season.

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Making a Difference in the Community You Love

As founding members of the Lamar Gives 365 program through the Barnesville-Lamar Community Foundation, Joe and Pat Edwards believe in doing things in their lifetime that will live beyond them. Their generosity, combined with the generosity of other Lamar Gives 365 members, is making a difference today and shaping a better tomorrow for Lamar County. Learn about how to become a Lamar Gives 365 member and see how it is brining people together to improve the community.

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Making a Difference for Generations

The Simmons Charitable Trust Fund was CFCG’s first donor advised fund, established in 1993 by Mrs. William P. Simmons.  Mr. and Mrs. Simmons believed in supporting their community then, now and forever.  Their generosity and planning have enabled three generations of their family to support organizations and causes important to them. Read more about how their funds are making a difference.

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