A Philanthropic Force


What happens when a CPA and attorney combine their love of Star Wars with their love of giving? Just ask Cliff and Amy Bray.

“On a sort-of dare we decided to make Star Wars costumes that were acceptable for membership in one of the ‘official’ costuming organizations,” Amy Bray said. “I’ve now spent time teaching my daughters to make patterns and use a sewing machine; we’ve made our own fake ‘armor’ out of plastic; and I’ve learned to get over my fear of power tools.”

More importantly though, they’ve used their costumes to raise money for various charitable causes.

“Making kids (and more than a few adults) happy and supporting charities is just a blast. It’s become a great source of family fun,” said Amy, senior counsel at Rubin Lublin, LLC.

When it came time to ramp up their own giving efforts, the Brays picked the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia – creating a charitable giving account and a legacy giving fund.

“We saw how others that we respect turn to the Community Foundation. It became very clear that the Community Foundation is trying to make a difference and be a good steward of the funds it is given to administer,” said Cliff, partner at Westbrook, McGrath, Bridges, Orth & Bray, P.C.

“They also provide more than simply fund management,” Amy said. “You get people that are working to help you put that money to work, to make a real difference – they really have a mission to help people make solid decisions about philanthropy. The Community Foundation is even trying to help the nonprofits receiving the funds become as strong and vital as possible.”

For the Brays, it’s about the power to change a community and the lives of people in it.

“When you find the right place to invest yourself and your personal talents, you can make big changes in the community and in the lives of other people,” Amy said. “There’s a lot of satisfaction in that.”