Our Mission

The Savannah Community Foundation benefits donors, donees and the community by providing a safe, simple, inexpensive and tax efficient vehicle for philanthropic capital formation, investment and distribution to public charities

"Let us help others through tax smart giving."

Founded in 956 as a "sister" corporation to the local United Way and reorgonized in 1986 as a "community foundation", the Community Foundation is an umbrella philanthropic organization through which individuals, families, businesses and charities support the well being of our community.  the Community Foundation, a nonprofit Georgia corporation classified as a Section 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS, invests in solutions to the area's civic, educational, health and human services, religious and cultural challenges.  Typivally, more than 200 charitable organziations receive grants from the Community Foundation each year totaling over $2,000,000.

Watch an interview with Russ Simpson and the Mid-Morning Report on WTOC for an introduction to The Savannah Community Foundation.



John, C Helmken II, Chairman of the Board

Michael C. Traynor, Immediat Past Chairman

K. Russell Simpson, President

Frank S. Macgill, Esq., Vice President

Philip Solomons, Jr., Secretary

Stephen S. Leonard, CPA Treasurer

Michael F. Kemp, Asst. Treasurer


Jennifer Abshire

Linda J. Evans

Jenny L. Gentry

Justin A. Godchaux

John C. Helmken II

Russell Jacobs, III, CFP

Michael F. Kemp

Stephen S. Leonard, CPA


Frank S. Macgill, Esq.

Robert L. McCorkle, III, Esq.

James C. McCurry, Jr.

Kacey K. Ray

Philip Solomons, Jr.

Lary Sprague, Esq.

Michael C. Traynor

Harris G. Martin, Esq. (Ex-officio - ELC President

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