Community Foundation adds fundraising, legal expert

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ATLANTA, November 13, 2019 – Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has added Alison O’Carroll as director and philanthropic counsel. In this role O’Carroll will work with current and potential donors to the Foundation to help them navigate the often complex legal and tax implications of their charitable giving. She will also work closely with financial, legal and tax advisors who assist clients with their estate planning and philanthropic giving to the Foundation.

O’Carroll is a nationally recognized expert in nonprofit fundraising and estate planning with a career that spans international relief and development, higher education and cancer research. She has recently returned to Atlanta after serving as Executive Director for the Office of Planned Giving for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington. She led the planned giving advisory committee for Fred Hutch and was a member of the Estate Planning Council (EPC) of Seattle.

O’Carroll launched her professional career in Atlanta after graduating from the Emory University School of Law and the Goizueta Business School. After admission to the State Bar of Georgia, she practiced law at King & Spalding.

“I have maintained my personal and professional connections to Atlanta throughout my career and I’m really pleased to have the opportunity to return to Georgia and help the Community Foundation’s donors and advisor community boost philanthropy in the region,” O’Carroll said. “It’s exciting to see that while the Atlanta region has grown as an international business hub and tourism center, at its heart the region is still locally focused and dedicated to helping our nonprofit sector to thrive.”

With additional positions as Senior Director of Development at CARE and Director of Development at the University of Washington School of Public Health, O’Carroll has worked in the field of development and planned giving for over 25 years.

“Alison O’Carroll has a unique skill set with both the legal expertise and fundraising ability that is necessary to help our donors navigate their giving,” said Alicia Philipp, president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “Her breadth of knowledge and leadership will be invaluable in helping generous donors in our region focus less on the complex legal maze of their giving and more on the joy of the impact of their giving.”

O’Carroll has served as president of the Washington Planned Giving Council (WPGC) and has shared her knowledge at a number of local and national industry conferences. She also served as a senior consultant with PG Calc for nine years, working with dozens of nonprofits across the country, advising and guiding them through their planned giving programs and donor engagement. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (Real Property Probate and Trust section and the Estate and Gift Tax Section), the Georgia Planned Giving Council and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners (formerly the Partnership for Philanthropic Planning). Her full bio and photo are on the Community Foundation’s website.

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About the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been connecting the passions of philanthropists with the purposes of nonprofits doing that work. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation leads and inspires philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents, empowering our donors to focus on the joy of giving. The Community Foundation is a top-20 community foundation, among 750 nationally, with more than $1 billion in current assets and is Georgia’s second largest foundation. Through its quality donor services and bold, innovative leadership on community issues, the Foundation received more than $162 million from donors in 2018 and distributed more than $128 million that same year to support nonprofits throughout the region and beyond. In 2018 Charity Navigator named the Community Foundation a four-star rated nonprofit, its top distinction, putting the Foundation among the top 10 highest-rated community foundations. For more information, visit: or connect with the Foundation via FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

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