Initiatives

We exist to enable and promote philanthropy that inspires, facilitates and fosters a vibrant and engaged Chattahoochee Valley. Our initiatives, ranging from civic engagement efforts to grantmaking programs, are just a few of the ways we do that.

A Vibrant and Engaged Chattahoochee Valley...

On the Table

We were proud to lead our most recent initiative, On the Table, which brought together over 6,500 Chattahoochee Valley residents on November 7, 2017. On one single day, residents from all over our region came together over meal-time conversations to talk about their community. With additional support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, we were able to present this unique opportunity to the community in an effort to break bread with neighbors, meet new people, share ideas and build bridges. 

Be on the lookout for an extensive impact report resulting from this initiative and the conversations that took place, coming in March 2018! The impact report will be available at OnTheTableChatt.com.

Watch the wrap up video and learn more about On the Table in the Chattahoochee Valley.

On the Table Wrap-Up from Community Foundation (CFCV).

"The biggest thing I think for me is unifying our community in ways we never thought possible."

On The Table ambassador Crystal Pendleton Shahid;
Manager, Retail Lending Center, Synovus

Discretionary Grantmaking Programs

In the fall of 2017, our discretionary grantmaking programs awarded over $105,000 in support of efforts all throughout the Chattahoochee Valley. These programs sought to leverage the action areas of Columbus 2025. CFCV offered application processes for nonprofits in both the five central counties of the Columbus 2025 region and the eight additional counties in CFCV's service area.

Ten of those projects received grants from the Community Endowment Funds, while six were awarded grants from the Chattahoochee Valley Fair Fund. A total of sixteen projects received support from the Community Foundation’s Discretionary Funds.

To view the list of all funded projects, click here.

Dragonfly Trails

CFCV is home to the Dragonfly Trails Fund, which seeks to leverage the strengths of what Columbus has built already, capitalizing on the Alternative Transportation Plan and partnering with the City to offer an even bigger opportunity. CFCV is working with the nonprofit PATH Foundation, which over 22 years has designed and built more than 230 miles of off-road trail networks in and around Georgia for walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters. This effort will:

  • Better connect our neighborhoods
  • Improve our travel and mobility
  • Spur economic development
  • And elevate our overall quality of life

PATH created a design for an interconnected linear park trail network throughout Columbus connecting the Fall Line Trace to the RiverWalk and so much more. Below you'll find the master plan for the trail; construction is already underway!

Master Plan

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