Jim Rhoden has been one of Cobb County’s most impactful Visionary Philanthropists for many years. With his belief in, and dedication to, the importance of “paying your civic rent,” Jim has worked tirelessly to establish and build support for Cobb Community Foundation, and he, his family, and his company, Futren Hospitality, have also been major donors and committed volunteers for a broad range of Cobb’s non-profit organizations.



This award was created by the Board of Cobb Community Foundation in conjunction with its 10thanniversary in December 1993, to honor founder, Jim Rhoden.  The award is voted on annually by the Board to recognize and honor a Cobb business and community leader who makes significant contributions to our community through their gifts of time, talent and treasure.



Nominees should be broadly recognized in Cobb County for their commitment to improving the quality of life for Cobb residents and meeting critical needs of the community as demonstrated by their leadership and/or service work for one or more of Cobb’s non-profit organizations, churches, temples, academic institutions, or community service organizations.  Visionary leadership and influence in the business community are also key factors.

Current CCF board members are not eligible to be nominated during the years of their board service. Past board members are eligible for nomination.



Nominations for the 2019 Visionary Philanthropist Award will be accepted in the summer of 2019.  All nominations should be submitted on a nomination form available here and include three or more letters of support.



David and Brittney Bottoms

David and Brittney lost their second child, John Tate, two hours after his birth due to the rare life-limiting genetic abnormality Trisomy 13. Shortly thereafter, they established a fund here at Cobb Community Foundation to ensure that John Tate’s name would never be forgotten. Over the past three years, with gifts of their time, treasure and talents, and with some of the funds contributed to The John Tate Bottoms Memorial Fund, David and Brittney provided resources to WellStar to create the program, Journey Through Bereavement, to help families who receive a life-limiting diagnosis during their pregnancy.

This powerful story, however, is only one example of how the couple gives back to the community. David is the Chair Elect of the WellStar Foundation Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of Mount Paran Christian School’s Capital Campaign, Past Board Chair of Good Samaritan Health Center of Cobb, and Past Board Member of CFR, the Tommy Nobis Center and SafePath.



  • 2017 Governor Roy Barnes
  • 2016 Valerie Voyles
  • 2015 Ron Francis
  • 2013 Doug Hertz
  • 2012 Bob Prillaman
  • 2011 Doug Chaffins
  • 2010 Fred Bentley, Sr.
  • 2009 Sam Olens
  • 2008 Jerry Nix
  • 2007 Earl Smith
  • 2006 Larry Freeman
  • 2005 Bob Moultrie
  • 2004 Bob Elsberry
  • 2003 Jim Rhoden