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Philanthropy often evokes thoughts of giving enormous sums of money, and being a philanthropist can feel unattainable for even the most charitably inclined individuals. Although this belief is understandable – large gifts tend to receive the most attention – it is a false belief that fails to recognize the power behind collective giving and the…
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For so many high school students, going to college is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication. Students and their parents work hard toward realizing this goal, and when the acceptance letter comes, it is cause for celebration that this path towards their future is becoming even clearer. All the research papers, presentations,…
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Earlier this summer, we hosted, along with several partner organizations, the 8th annual Central Georgia Philanthropy Forum – a continuing education opportunity for professional advisors from across the region interested in learning charitable giving strategies to help better advise their clients. As we worked with the Central Georgia Estate Planning Council, Museum of Arts and…
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Michael J. Fox once said, “Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” At CFCG, we know just what he means. Every family has its own history and unique experiences that contribute to a family’s story.  Charitable giving is a great way to pass family values onto future generations, and the Community Foundation can help.…
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When the Ferst Foundation was originally started by founder Robin Ferst, she knew the impact reading could have on a young child. Robin was diagnosed with hearing loss when she was six years old, and reading as a child was able to broaden horizons for her and give her an outlet to experience a world where opportunities overflowed. She…
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We plan by nature—we make plans for our families, work, vacations and even downtime, imagining different scenarios and planning for various outcomes. When we create any amount of savings for unexpected occurrences, we may say that we are “putting money aside for a rainy day.” Endowed philanthropy works in much the same way. Donors balance…
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As a senior at Mercer University, Lamar Geddis knew where he was headed after graduation—right back into the doors of the Macon Second Street Boys Club, where he had interned as part of his “Year in Action”. This program, which allowed Mercer seniors the opportunity to volunteer at a community service organization, further ignited Mr.…
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When Coffee Alliance for the Arts learned about the Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT), its board knew the traveling theatre program would be a wonderful opportunity for kids in their rural community to gain exposure to theatre and the arts. The program first visited Coffee County in 1980 and today remains a favorite summer activity for…
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Laundry doesn’t necessarily rise to top of mind when thinking about big issues facing a community. It’s usually just one more dreaded task on the to-do list, but for many it’s more burdensome than that. Doing loads of laundry at the laundromat can be really expensive, especially for larger families, and those costs add to…
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