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
- Founded as the Cobb Community Foundation Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
- Rae Weimer named Executive Director
- Sue Wootton named Executive Director
- Cobb Community Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary
- Jim Rhoden named CCF’s first Philanthropist of the Year
- Affiliated with Community Foundation for NE Georgia
- Received 501(c)(3) Designation
- Tommy Allegood named Executive Director
- Partnered with Cobb Board of Commissioners to create the Cobb Community Impact Grant
- 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
- 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
- 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