Connecting People who Care with Causes that Matter

Every single individual that we’ve been introduced to through the Community Foundation, whether Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta or Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett, or other folks we’ve met along the way, are all tremendous organizations and individuals. We love everything going on at the Community Foundation!”


— Fundholders Ken and Lori Massaroni

Who We Are

At the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia, everything we do centers around one purpose – improving our world through the power of philanthropy.

On a fundamental level, we do that through managing funds held in trust, donated by individuals, organizations and businesses. Most funds are donor-advised funds, similar to savings accounts. These funds are pooled for investment purposes and their income is used to make grants for a wide variety of charitable purposes.

But our goals expand far beyond managing funds. We desire to strengthen the communities we serve in Gwinnett, Northeast Georgia and beyond by providing leadership, addressing community needs and assisting individuals and organizations with their charitable giving.

Our History

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia began operating as the Gwinnett Foundation, Inc. a nonprofit community foundation on March 25, 1985. It was founded by a group of community-minded citizens to receive and disburse charitable funds for an improved quality of life throughout Gwinnett County. After a capital campaign provided the initial seed money, the Community Foundation received a major boost in 1987, due to the efforts of the late Robert D. Fowler. Under his leadership, he and the other owners of the Gwinnett Daily News generously offered a $1 million challenge grant, which was matched by the community. These funds enabled a significant increase in grant awards and provided a solid base for future asset growth. The board of directors voted to change the name to the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia in March of 2002.

 We are one of the few nonprofits founded in Gwinnett that is still here after 30 years. One of the main reasons for our longevity is the fact that we have always been community based. We know our community’s issues intimately and have developed close relationships through the years with the people who can help solve those issues – not just through their finances but also through volunteering, education and leadership skills.

 Over the years, the Community Foundation has continued to grow – not only in terms of giving, but also through other areas. Our desire to innovate can be seen through our expanding education efforts and our focus on bringing key organizations and community leaders together to address issues such as early education, food insufficiency and more. We seek to strengthen not only our nonprofits but also our donors and the community at large. This desire has led us to create education partnerships with the Georgia Center of Nonprofits, the Southeast Council on Foundations and the J.W. Fanning Institute at UGA to bring the very best nonprofit educational opportunities to Gwinnett. 

 To date,  the Community Foundation has granted out more than $100 million – impacting the arts, education, faith-based organizations, community service and health care. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!


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Our Mission

The Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia strengthens the communities we serve by providing leadership, addressing community needs and assisting
individuals and organizations
with their charitable giving.

Our Vision

Improve the world through the power of philanthropy.

Our Staff

DePriest Waddy, President & CEO

DePriest has a long history of leadership in the nonprofit sector. He has served almost 30 years in leadership roles at various nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies, including the American Hospital Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity, and, most recently, Families First.

Prior to joining the Community Foundation in June 2022, DePriest was CEO of Families First, a 131 year-old nonprofit serving at-risk children and families throughout Georgia, the United States and abroad. 

DePriest received his bachelors degree in marketing from The University of Alabama and his MBA from Kennesaw State University. He is a Leadership Gwinnett Class of 2015 alumnus, as well as a Leadership Birmingham Class of 2019 alumnus and Leadership Atlanta Class of 2022. He has been named to the Atlanta 500 in 2021 and 2022, Atlanta Magazine’s annual list of the area’s most powerful leaders. He was also awarded the Georgia Titan 100 in 2022. He and his wife, Carol, have one married daughter and two granddaughters.

DePriest’s dream for the Community Foundation: “Continuing to help meet the increasing needs resulting from complex family problems.”  |  770.813.3384

Britt Ramroop, Director of Fundholder Experience

Connecting people who care with causes that matter is at the heart of what Britt, our director of fundholder experience, does every day. Britt works with our current fundholders to help them become even more engaged in the opportunities and the needs of the community. She enjoys helping them develop their own personal philanthropic plan to guide their giving. In addition, she also is helping create a Legacy Society and ensuring that our annual Good2Give Celebration continues to grow and prosper.

Before coming to the Community Foundation, Britt was the director of community outreach at Aurora Theatre, and spent 10 years with Aurora, building relationships and connecting people through the arts.

Britt, a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Washington, is originally from Wyoming but has called Gwinnett home since 2007. She lives on a small farm in Loganville with her husband, 8-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter, plus 30-some chickens, 19 goats and two dogs.  |  770.353.9760

Margaret Bugbee, Chief Financial Officer

As the Community Foundation’s CFO, Margaret ensures everything runs smoothly from a financial standpoint. She interacts with the donors, board and nonprofit partners on a regular basis – her favorite part of the job.

Before joining the Community Foundation’s staff in May 2013, Margaret spent 15 years doing part-time accounting work for the Community Foundation. Prior to that she worked in the banking industry; in public accounting for Moore Stephens Tiller and Westbrook, McGrath, Bridges, Orth & Bray; in government accounting performing foreign grantee oversight for the Centers for Disease Control; and worked in the nonprofit sector for the National Public Health Information Coalition.

Margaret has a bachelor’s degree in finance and is a CPA. She is actively involved in the community and serves on the Scott Hudgens Family Foundation Advisory Board, the Gwinnett Medical Center Women’s Advisory Council, and the Gwinnett County Public Library Foundation Board.

She and her husband Robert have three children: Tyler, Suzanne and Jack. In her free time, Margaret enjoys tennis, reading, soccer and horseback riding.

Margaret’s dream for the Community Foundation: “I want to see us grow to $100 million in assets by 2020, and have the ability to make $1,000,000 in annual general grants to nonprofits in our region by 2025.”  |  770.813.3382

Karyl Kaye Miller, Executive Assistant

With 30 years of administrative experience, Karyl Kaye Miller helps ensure the Community Foundation runs smoothly. She’s responsible for all admin/office support as well as coordinating special events and meetings, managing the database, and much more.

A graduate of DeKalb College, Karyl Kaye previously worked for the Council for Quality Growth, as well as other organizations, before coming to the Community Foundation in 2014.

Her favorite part of her job is working to help grow and develop the Community Foundation to reach even further in the region, sustaining communities so that individuals and families can prosper and thrive.

Outside of work, Karyl Kaye loves spending time with her twin daughters Katie and Kristin and her pet Yorkie Chloe. She also enjoys reading, gardening, the great outdoors and is an avid sports fan.

Karyl Kaye’s dream for the Community Foundation: “To engage large corporate organizations to partner with the Community Foundation to sustain our community and make it a better place to live, work and play.”  |  770.813.3387

Board of Directors

At the Community Foundation, we’re governed by a board of directors as diverse as our community. Our officers and directors are chosen for their extensive knowledge of the community’s educational, cultural, civic and charitable needs.  Directors serve on a volunteer basis and meet to discuss community issues, set policy, oversee investments and make final decisions on grants.



Dick LoPresti, Community Leader

Vice Chair:

J. Michael Levengood, Law Office of J. Michael Levengood


K. Clifford Bray II, WBO CPA Group


Kenneth M. Massaroni, Community Leader



Tom Abernathy

Abernathy & Timberlake Investment Group

Ethel D. Andersen

Andersen, Tate & Carr

Julie Keeton Arnold

Keeton Arnold Communications

Dr. Audrey Arona

GNR Health Department

Emily J. Brantley

Gwinnett State Court Judge

Carla T. Carraway

Precision Planning

Rev. Bryan S. Choe

Atlanta Promise Church

Dean Collins

Axis Companies

Dave Cook

Edward Jones

Alejandro Cross

Latin American Chamber of Commerce

Julia Davis

Community Leader

James (Jay) D. Dennard, Jr.

Northside Hospital Duluth

Wayne D. Ellison

Ellison Insurance Agency




Melvin Everson

Gwinnett Technical College

Ron Garrard

Garrard Group

Kim Hartsock

Warren Averett

Jim Joedecke

Andersen, Tate & Carr

Sloan Jones

Georgia Gwinnett College

Scott Jordan

Pinnacle Financial Partners

Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman

DKaufman Consulting

Jill Kersh

Thrive Unlimited

Kathryn Kieser


Daniel J. King

Community Leader

Ronda Colvin Leary

Gwinnett State Court Judge

Bin Liu

CFS Corporation

Santiago R. Marquez 

Latin American Association 

Scott Mawdesley

Corners Outreach

William F. McCargo

B Mac & Associates

Michael Park

Whitlock Group

Sam Park

Georgia House of Representatives

Debra Potter

Perimeter Church

Nathan Powell

Powell & Edwards

Teddy Russell

Russell Landscape

Robin F. Sansone

Rhodes, Young,  Black & Duncan CPAs

David Still

Capital Endeavors

Sandra J. Strickland

Community Leader

R. Lee Tucker, Jr.

Mahaffey Pickens Tucker

Monty G. Watson

The Piedmont Bank

Adam C. Wilson

Sugarloaf Wealth Management

Philip R. Wolfe

Community Leader



Professional Advisor Network

Since 1999, our professional advisors network has played a critical role in the Community Foundation’s endowment programs. Our network is comprised of attorneys, financial planners, bankers, CPAs and related professionals — all on a volunteer basis — who desire to help other professionals and their clients connect with the power of giving through the Community Foundation.

Professional Advisor Leadership Team

Amy Bray

Coulter & Sierra

Dave Cook

Edward Jones

Hays Evans

Capital Group Private Client Services

Meredith Hilton

Meredith Hilton Law

Jim Joedecke

Andersen, Tate & Carr

Jerri Miller

Wealth Horizon

Nathan Powell

Powell & Edwards

Robin Sansone

Rhodes, Young, Black & Duncan, CPAs

Adam C. Wilson

Sugarloaf Wealth Management


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