Giving Back to Our Community

What matters most to you? Consider your hopes and dreams for our area and the causes and organizations that inspire your passion.

Then contact the Athens County Foundation. We can share knowledge of our community’s needs and the organizations working to meet our region’s priorities.

The Athens County Foundation provides you a simple, powerful, and highly personal approach to giving. We offer a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals. You can make a gift of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate, or other assets to your community foundation. Most charitable gifts qualify for maximum tax advantage under federal law.

Each donor has a unique giving experience, tailored to suit his or her situation and goals.

We set up a special fund in your name, in the name of your family or business, or in honor of any person or organization you choose. Our board then issues grants in the name of the fund you establish or, if you prefer, grants can be made anonymously.

You receive tax benefits in the year your gift is made.

Based on the type of fund you establish, you may be able to stay involved in the good works your gift makes possible. You can recommend an area or organization you’d like your gift to support, or rely on the Athens Foundation’s experienced program staff to determine and address the areas of greatest need in our community.

Your gift can be placed into an endowment that is invested over time. Earnings from your fund are used to make grants addressing community needs. Your gift – and all future earnings from your gift – is a permanent source of community capital, helping do good work forever.

We handle the administrative details.


Here are the basics on different types of funds and how to establish them at The Athens County Foundation.

Charitable Funds – great giving options.
Charitable Instruments – how you can give.
Charitable Assets – what you can give.
Disclosure Statement
Fund Minimum and Fees


There is so much more we’d like you to know. For more information and ideas on ways to integrate your financial planning with charitable giving, ask your financial adviser or contact the Athens County Foundation.