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The Coweta Community Foundation (CCF) is a 501(C)3 which abides by the Internal Revenue Service’s guidelines allowing local nonprofits to obtain tax-deductible donations and also funds grant requests within Coweta County. CCF was established in 1997 so that local projects could raise funds and offer tax-deductible giving to our local community. The Coweta Community Foundation exists so that we can leverage funds on an ongoing basis and spread the monies collected in a lasting effort to address the needs in our county.

The Community Foundation receives contributions large and small from various people within the community. We then invest the money and manage the funds until the needs arise in our community. We then fund grants to local nonprofits which benefit everyone in Coweta County. We provide cost-effective administrative services to an assortment of donors and grow the collective endowments while also fulfilling the wishes of the donor.

We make grants, but we’re more than a grant maker. We raise money, but we’re not primarily a fund-raiser. We are involved in leadership activities, but we’re not a community think tank. What a Community Foundation does is provide services - all in an area that the IRS has defined as tax-exempt - for three distinct constituencies: charitable donors, nonprofit organizations and the community-at-large.

We have no set limits on contributing. While some funds have a beginning threshold to start up, all contributions are accepted and placed in an issue-related fund or in the general grants fund. No gift is too small, and we promise you that we will pour these gifts back into this community to enrich lives.

This depends on you! It can be one time, monthly for twelve months, bi-weekly for twelve months, or weekly for twelve months.

Your contributions go to The Coweta Community Foundation, where we give all nonprofit organizations in Coweta County the ability to apply for grant awards from the Grants Fund during The Coweta Community Foundation Annual Grants Cycle. This cycle begins in April of each year with a mandatory grant session for nonprofit agencies and award notifications are in December with funding in January so that each organization can plan its annual budget.

Any nonprofit agency that serves Coweta County residents and attends our mandatory grant session. In order to be able to apply for a grant, there is a mandatory meeting that is held in April. Please note: Not all nonprofit agencies who attend this meeting and apply for grants will qualify. When we look at funding grants we look at 1. Need, 2. Impact and 3. Sustainability of the program.

The nonprofit agency would need to attend the mandatory grant session in April and provide proof that they provide support to Coweta residents. All agencies that have met this criteria are listed in our marketing materials for the next year. Our nonprofit partners also have the benefit of having first access to any educational tools and resources (including seminars and trainings) at no cost.

Please contact the Chairman of the Board of Directors, Ginger Queener, at 770-253-1833, or you can email her at gqueener@cowetafoundation.org. Also, please visit our website, www.cowetafoundation.org, or our Facebook page for more information.

There are several through The Coweta Community Foundation. Please contact the Foundation to find out what is available for you and your family to carry out your current charitable desires or to leave a legacy for the nonprofits in Coweta County. The Coweta Community Foundation can tailor plans to meet you and your family's charitable needs.

Yes! Please visit our Volunteer Want ads page under Volunteer/Community Resources tab.

Yes! Please look under our events tab and select calendar. Every nonprofit that serves Coweta residents can submit to have their event listed on the calendar. Also, please visit The Shopper and see our Faces of Philanthropy page where we list the upcoming nonprofit events.

Watch the website and local media for events, and should you have a strong desire to join the Board to give back to Coweta County in a different way, contact The Foundation today!

Before January 31, you will receive a tax letter from The Coweta Community Foundation with the amount that you gifted from the previous year.

CCF has a fund available for an individual, family or corporation, which we call a Donor-Advised Fund.

  • CCF process is much easier and less expensive, as there are no setup costs and minimums of as low as $1,000 to start. With low administrative costs, more of your money helps fulfill your true wishes.
  • CCF process is easier and less expensive to maintain. Our administrative fees are pro-rated among all funds, and the expense is shared.
  • CCF can provide a greater tax deduction.
  • CCF has easy access to information about local nonprofits seeking support.
  • CCF is able to take donations of stock options, real estate, securities, insurance policies, etc. without most standard IRS limitations.
  • CCF allows you to give on your own timeline and not a mandated schedule.
  • Avoids the 1-2% excise tax on investment income.

At this time, our Nonprofit Partners have asked that all donations go into a pooled General Grants Fund or one of the Field of Interest Funds, where they can apply each year as needed. This option may be available in the future.

The Foundation does its best to keep all purchases and service needs local. However, there are times where, as stewards of the community's money, we must go outside of Coweta County to obtain items or services. The Foundation strives to keep expenses low. In 2016, we hired went from having a part-time administrative employee to a full-time administrative employee and partnering with the University of West Georgia to have a part-time work study student. In addition, at the beginning of 2017, we had to move from our original offices to our new home at 75 Jackson Street. This year, our expenses will be higher than previous years. However, it is our goal for at least 70 cents of every dollar to make its way to our local nonprofit agencies.

Yes. Please visit our nonprofit resources tab for more information on how to get started.

Yes. Not only do we host training events, co-host roundtable events for nonprofit leaders and provide support by connecting nonprofits to one another or with partners who can help them from an administrative nature, we also have tools and resources through memberships with organizations such as The Foundation Center Atlanta, Southeastern Council of Foundations and Pro-Bono Atlanta. Please visit our Nonprofit Resources tab for more information on some of the tools for established nonprofit agencies.

No. However, please visit our Volunteer/Community Resources tab and see The Coweta Family Connection Community Resource Guide. This guide can help you find assistance and services here in Coweta.

This number is hard to pin down. We estimate that there are nearly 200 plus nonprofit agencies in Coweta County. We find this number by utilizing websites such as Guidestar, the IRS Charitable Search Website and The Secretary of State Charitable Registration Websites. One of the goals of The Foundation is to create a master list of nonprofit agencies and we are currently working on this. At this time, we have identified over 150 agencies and we hear of more every day. While we have identified these agencies, we have not necessarily been able to verify the services that they provide to our community. However, by July 1st, 2017 we will begin to have a Directory of verified nonprofit agencies on our website under the Volunteer/Community Resources tab that will provide a list of verified nonprofit agencies who provide services to our community and it's citizens.

If the nonprofit agency has become a verified nonprofit agency by CCF to provide services to our community, they can place a volunteer want ad. They email info@cowetafoundation with the need and we will place the ad for them.

On July 1st, 2017, a nonprofit agency will be able to apply online to be listed in the directory. The application will ask them to do the following and upload supporting documents and it will take 48-72 hours to be approved.

  1. Serve Coweta Citizens
  2. Have been in existence for 2 years – we will need to have been provided page 1 and Part VII/Section A (full) of your 2014 and 2015 completed and filed 990’s.
  3. Provide a copy of most recent IRS Determination Letter
  4. Provide a copy of most recent Georgia Secretary of State Charitable Organization Permit (Charitable Solicitation approval) or documentation from the State of Georgia that the organization is exempt from this filing.
  5. Provide a copy of most recent Georgia Secretary of State Corporate Filing
  6. Provide a copy of most recent updated By Laws with date
  7. Provide a copy of most recent listing of your Board of Directors with date
  8. Website Address URL
  9. JPEG of your logo This

Yes! Please visit our about us tab and click on Community Service Team. This is our youth based program that functions much like The Foundation's own board of directors. It is an 8 month program with curriculum designed to teach high school students to sit on a board of directors, conduct a board meeting, conduct site visits at nonprofit agencies, award a grant and also select one of their peers who has demonstrated outstanding leadership to receive a $500 scholarship.