In late 1993, a group of Cobb business leaders recognized the community’s need for a vehicle to invest in its future. The group was led by Jim Rhoden, owner of Futren Corporation (now Futren Hospitality) and included the late Otis Brumby Jr., Bobbi Burruss, Murray Homan, Judge Conley Ingram, Senator Johnny Isakson, Bob Prillaman, Bob Russell, the late Lanie Shipp Hoover, the late Roy Simmons, Deborah Wallace, the late John Williams, Jack Wilson and Diane Woods. Their solution was the creation of the Cobb Community Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.

Fourteen years later, we obtained our own 501(c)(3) designation. Now, we are Cobb Community Foundation. In 2017 alone, we made $1.4 million in grants, $900,000 of which were distributed to charitable organizations right here in Cobb County.

Major Events in the History of Cobb Community Foundation


1993

  • Founded as the Cobb Community Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

1997

  • Rae Weimer named Executive Director

2002

  • Sue Wooten named Executive Director

2003

  • Cobb Community Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary
  • Jim Rhoden named CCF’s first Philanthropist of the Year

2005

  • Affiliated with Community Foundation for NE Georgia

2007

  • Received 501(c)(3) Designation

2012

  • Tommy Allegood named Executive Director

2014

  • Partnered with Cobb Board of Commissioners to create the Cobb Community Impact Grant

2015

  • Awarded first Community Impact Grants – County investment of $285,000 matched by nearly $400,000 in private sector contributions and impacting over 103,000 Cobb Countians

2016

  • Awarded Community Impact Grants – County investment of $285,000 matched by over $240,000 in private sector contributions and impacting over 103,000 Cobb Countians

2017

  • Awarded Community Impact Grants – County investment of $250,000 matched by nearly $300,000 in private sector contributions and impacting nearly 118,000 Cobb Countians
  • Shari Martin named Executive Director