A just-announced $100,000 grant to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation by The Anschutz Foundation is dedicated to assisting coastal area residents who have suffered temporary or permanent job losses due to the economic impact of COVID-19. The grant will be added to the Community Emergency Needs Fund established and managed jointly by the United Way of Coastal Georgia and the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.
Scott Steilen, President and CEO of Sea Island, one of the largest employers in our area which has temporarily closed its resort operations, approached The Anschutz Foundation to support this effort. “I have been asked by many area residents how they can assist those in our community who have lost their jobs because of this pandemic. A key way to help is to follow their lead and donate to the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, which has the infrastructure in place to quickly distribute these funds to those agencies assisting individuals who have lost their jobs. This is our home, and now is the time when our community needs us most. Please join with us to help.” Steilen has issued a challenge to the community to match or exceed these donated funds.
Davis and Robin Love quickly accepted this challenge with a pledge of $50,000 from the Love family. According to Love, “Robin and I are incredibly saddened to see the economic pain caused to so many people we know and see on a regular basis. We experienced the caring, giving spirit of this community first-hand recently and encourage others to join us in helping many of the people who make our area an amazing place to live.”
Paul White, President and CEO of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, extends his thanks to both The Anschutz Foundation and the Loves and encourages the community to accept this challenge to help those directly affected by the loss of their jobs. “In these challenging times, collaboration will help our community survive this crisis and emerge stronger when it is past. The Coastal Georgia Foundation and the United Way look forward to working with Coastal Georgians to meet and exceed the generosity of both donors. The addition of these grants to the generous gifts already made by other foundations, fund holders and many coastal Georgians have combined to give this initiative a very strong start.”
Community members are invited to visit the Coastal Georgia Foundation’s web site – www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org - to donate to the Community Emergency Needs Fund. Information for agencies seeking funding is also available on the site.
About the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) was incorporated in 2005, as a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties. The Foundation now has assets over $30 million and has awarded over $16 million in grants to community organizations in the three-county region and beyond. The Foundation serves ordinary citizens who have the extraordinary vision for a better life for their neighbors, friends, families, and fellow coastal Georgians - today and for future generations. The Foundation seeks to be the region’s trusted source for thoughtful philanthropic counsel, sound financial management and strategic community investment. www.coastalgeorgiafoundation.org
About the United Way of Coastal Georgia
United Way of Coastal Georgia located in Brunswick, Georgia is the leading facilitator of community enrichment for both Glynn and McIntosh counties. The mission of United Way of Coastal Georgia is to bring diverse people and resources together to address the most urgent issues that the community faces. Through unique partnerships and approaches, United Way of Coastal Georgia seeks to invest in the building blocks of a good life; a quality education that leads to a stable job, income to support a family though retirement and good health. For additional information, visit www.uwcga.org.