Charity is nothing new for the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, Inc. However, on Monday, the awarding of a grant to PAWS Humane bumped the organization to more than $100 million in donations ($100,539,522 to be exact). Since 1998, the Community Foundation has funded various charities across the Chattahoochee Valley and the country.
“We couldn’t be happier to share this good news with our community,” commented Betsy Covington, president and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We’ve said for years that people don’t give to a community foundation, they give through it. This demonstrates the benefit we’re providing to generous givers in our area in a dramatic way.”
Covington said the organization mailed checks for more than 100 grants totaling more than half a million dollars.
The milestone grant that pushed the organization over a million dollars is due to Thad and Allison Estes Fund. The The Estes Fund is a Donor Advised Fund through which the two support a number of local and regional charitable efforts. They established the Fund in 2014.
“We’re not really the kind of people who like to – or are able to – make front-page-news grants,” Allison Estes said. “We just enjoy being able to send a variety of gifts to organizations that are doing work we care about. The Community Foundation makes that easy, because all we have to do is send them an email with a grant request. They handle the money we’ve contributed to them efficiently, making it work as hard as possible, and we’re able to make grants from our Fund without a lot of record-keeping or paperwork.”
The Community Foundation board and staff is planning a community-wide celebration of the $100 million milestone. They say they’ll announce the project plans in 2016.