How Does Planned Giving Benefit Me?

Fighting Against Insecurity At first blush, it may seem strange to ask how giving away money might benefit the giver. There are, of course, many references to the spiritual benefits of this activity mentioned throughout Scripture. Also, there is scientific … Continue Reading →

Look Again

Being Alive I once read that the brain uses roughly 20% of the body’s energy. It’s staggering that this three-pound organ consumes such caloric intake, revealing the cost of those billions of neurons and synapses processing the world around us. … Continue Reading →

The Long-Term Impact of Grants

A Long-Term Solution ECF seeks to create long-term solutions with our grants. One of our primary focuses in grantmaking is ensuring that our grants focus on sustainable support. Typically ECF’s grants fall into two types of funding – capital or … Continue Reading →

Vehicle Donations Potentially Impacted by RMD Changes

RMD Changes In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in the age requirement for taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from retirement accounts. This change has important implications for individuals who own vehicles and are considering giving them as … Continue Reading →

Hunger is Universal

The Human Experience of Hunger We all hunger. It’s part of our human condition. There is something good about it; being human is possessing this bodily message that reminds us we lack something. It tells us that we depend on … Continue Reading →

Food Insecurity: What is it?

Food Insecurity You might have heard this phrase before, but do we really know what it means? Whatever image is conjured in our minds, there is probably more to it. According to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, food insecurity “refers … Continue Reading →

Site Visits with ECF Look a Little Different

Site visits are an important part of the grantmaking cycle at the Episcopal Community Foundation for Middle and North Georgia. Grant applicants are required to submit both a Letter of Intent and an Application before a site visit occurs, and … Continue Reading →

Charitable Planning With Life Insurance

Life insurance can be an excellent way to make a charitable gift.[1] Life insurance allows you to make a substantial gift to a charity at a lower cost, with potential tax rules that benefit individuals who give life insurance gifts. … Continue Reading →

The Tendrils of Criminal Justice

What We Know about Criminal Justice We’ve read the statistics about people in the criminal justice system. We tend to pay attention to programs of rebuilding and rehabilitation. But there are other people impacted by the criminal justice system who … Continue Reading →