Betsy W. Covington

President and CEO

Betsy Whitaker Covington joined the Community Foundation in 2001 and has since worked alongside the board and staff in efforts to fulfill the organization’s mission. Under her leadership, the organization has grown from $7 million in assets to over $200 million. Since its inception, the Community Foundation has received gifts of more than $335 million and has made grants totaling more than $195 million to efforts across the area from its more than 300 charitable funds.

Previously, Betsy served for over ten years as the director of development for the Columbus Museum, where she was responsible for the museum’s efforts in fundraising, membership and audience development. 

A native of Columbus, Betsy is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a degree in communications. She has served as president of the Georgia Council of Community Foundations and chair of the Southeastern Council of Foundation’s Community Foundation Leadership Team.

A graduate of Leadership Columbus and Leadership Georgia, Betsy is a past president and a current member of the Rotary Club of Columbus. She currently serves on the executive committee of Home for Good (the implementation effort for Columbus’ 10-year Plan to Eliminate Homelessness) and is Incoming Chair of Columbus 2025, the area’s comprehensive long-range planning effort.

Betsy and her husband, Rick, are the proud parents of two adult children.