NORTH GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

For Good. For Ever.

Gainesville, GA   |  www.ngcf.org

Mission

The North Georgia Community Foundation helps people and non-profits invest generously in the lives of all those who call our community home.

Ruling year info

1985

President & CEO

Ms. Michelle R. Prater

Main address

615 Oak Street Suite 1300

Gainesville, GA 30501 USA

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EIN

58-1610318

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants and Scholarships

The North Georgia Community Foundation offers our fundholders the opportunity to create a legacy by establishing charitable funds to make grants to support nonprofit organizations and causes important to them. In addition we support area nonprofits through our community impact grant program and local students through our scholarship programs.

Population(s) Served
Students
Adults
Families

NGCF believes that part of our mission is to help nonprofits achieve their mission. We do this in the following ways:
1.) NGCF provides community impact grant opportunities to nonprofits operating in North Georgia.
2.) G.R.O.W., which is NGCF's nonprofit educational program, provides professional development as well as leadership training opportunities to nonprofit staff. This includes an executive coaching program, monthly lunch and learns, etc. 
3.) NGCF manages a Nonprofit Network, sharing critical information to nonprofits throughout the region.
4.) NGCF owns two buildings and only rents to nonprofits. There are currently 16 nonprofits located on the NGCF Campus.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The North Georgia Community Foundation provides professional advisors with the information they need to add charitable giving and philanthropic planning to the discussions they have with their clients.  By actively working with professional advisors, NGCF is promoting philanthropy in the North Georgia community.  NGCF also makes presentations to local community groups to support philanthropy and works closely with fundholders to help them meet their philanthropic goals.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

National Standards Accreditation 2021

Charity Navigator - Four Star Rating 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member 2021

Southeastern Council of Foundations 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Since inception, we have awarded over 78.5 million in grants.

Number of fiscal sponsor applicants sponsored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Fiscal Sponsorship is one way that we help nonprofits who have not received their 501C3 status fund raise and grow in their community outreach.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Well managed pool of philanthropic assets; actively engaged philanthropic community; actively engaged regional nonprofits; build a stronger community by empowering nonprofits who are committed to the betterment of the counties we serve.

We encourage all donors and staff to become fully immersed in the community so that they see the change being made from their donations and time given. We recruit board members and advisers from all areas that we serve so that we have a true representation of our community voicing their thoughts on all planning processes. NGCF provides full transparency to our donors and community to offer assurance that their money is being invested wisely and used as intended. By doing so, donors are comfortable with continued giving and sharing our name with others.

We have a long lasting relationship with proven investors who expertly manage our funds allowing the greatest returns possible so that our fund holders have a greater impact on the community and nonprofits are able to give and receive more.

Our organization has continued to grow in assets each year as well as increase the amount given out to the community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    People and nonprofits in North Georgia

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    NGCF's G.R.O.W. program added a foundation directory online component based on the feedback received by several nonprofit partners who could no longer access it at the public library.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback from our fundholders, nonprofit partners, etc. allows NGCF to be more effective and better meet the needs within North Georgia.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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NORTH GEORGIA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 3/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rob Fowler

Turner Wood Smith

Term: 2020 - 2021

Blair Diaz

Blair C. Diaz, CPA, PC

Phill Bettis

Bettis Law Firm

Cal Johnson

Retired

Rob Fowler

TWS

Mary Hart Wilheit

Retired

Tammy Caudell

Georgia Dept of Economic Development

Linda Foster

Family Connection Jackson County

Ann Nixon

Retired

Brian Whalen

Stribling & Whalen

Chad Black

Habersham Emergency Services

Linda Hardie

Retired

Randall Frost

Stuart, Melvin & Frost

Robert Shippey

Georgia Mountain Food Bank

Brian Tam

Tam's Backstage

Natalie Teston

Coleman, Chambers & Rogers

Brian Steines

Northeast Georgia Health Systems

Bob Prim

Pastor

Christina Jones

Dominguez & Jones

Steve Mickens

Boys & Girls Club of Lanier

Lydia Sartain

Attorney

Thomas Johnston

Merrill Lynch

Brian Horton

Amerius Bank

Greg Rhodes

Retired

Mary Gowan

UNG, Dean of Business School

Mary McGruder

Retired

Kristi Griffin

BatesCarter

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/03/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/03/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.