About the Foundation

There are more than 700 community foundations across the country and around the world. We are proud to be the 21st in Georgia.

Community foundations provide charitable support to their local communities.

They build endowments from the contributions of local residents, and administer them for the benefit of their communities. They also administer non-endowment funds.

Community foundations are “non-operating charities.” They do not run museums, homeless shelters, or perform other services. Foundations encourage other charities by providing grants and gifts to local non-profits and community projects.

  • There are more than 700 community foundations in the USA – we were the 21st in Georgia. Foundations exist in Georgia communities the size of Carrollton to Atlanta.
  • Community foundations are the fastest growing vehicle for philanthropy in the country.
  • Community foundations are among the most cost-efficient and flexible vehicles for generosity.
  • Community foundations are like entrepreneurs, looking for creative ways to channel generosity to address ambitious goals for community impact, growth and sustainability.

Together we are building not just a healthy community, but also the next generation of generous givers.

Community Foundation Staff

Joel Snider, executive director

Joel retired from the active pastorate in 2016, after 40 years of full-time ministry. He spent his last 21 years of congregational service as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church. Since retiring he has led parenting conferences and served as a consultant with multiple congregations through the Center for Healthy Churches. He’s been active in the Rome community, serving on the board of the Davies Homeless Shelter and of the Community Foundation prior to being named the Executive Director this past spring. He also serves on the Floyd County Hospital Authority. He and his wife Cherry have two married daughters and four grandchildren.

Ashley Garner

Ashley is an officer at River City Bank, serving as a Relationship Manager. She was a founder of the Community Foundation for Greater Rome and served as the first Executive Director. Garner has been a resident of Rome since 2005 and has worked as Chief Development Officer at Darlington School, a strategic planning consultant for multiple local non-profits, and as a freelance grant writer. She earned advanced degrees from Harvard University and Vanderbilt University.

CFFGR Board of Directors

John Bennett
Retired Rome City Manager

                      Peter W. Hjort, Jr.                   President, Southeastern Mills

Janice Davis
Managing Partner, Whittington, Jones, and Rudert

Ashley Garner 
Relationship Manager, River City Bank

Pete McDonald
Rome-Floyd Chamber liaison






Mike Mathis
Owner, Mathis Builders’ Supply

Sarah McElrath
Sales Associate, Toles, Temple, and Wright

John Quinlivan
CEO, Redmond Regional Medical Center

Scott Smith
Attorney, McRae, Smith, and Peek

                         Villa Hizer                            Former Beverage Distributor


Greg Sumner, Ph.D.
Professor and Entrepreneur

Ed Watters, Chair
Owner, Watters and Associates Landscaping

C. B. Wright III
Retired Financial Services Executive

                       David Newby                         President & CEO, Custom Extrusion Holdings, LLC & Profile Custom Extrusions, LLC