Alicia Philipp is president of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The Community Foundation strengthens the 23-county Atlanta region by providing quality services to donors and innovative leadership on community issues.
Named as one of Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” and one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Philipp has led the foundation’s grantmaking, fundraising and collaboration with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for 37 years. Under her leadership, The Community Foundation has grown from $7 million in 1977 to about $755 million in assets today. In 2012, The Community Foundation received about $103 million in new or additional gifts from donors and provided more than $95 million in grants to support more than 5,000 nonprofits and faith-based organizations locally, nationally and internationally. The majority of these grants remained in the foundation’s 23-county service area.
Philipp has challenged the foundation to think differently about the best ways to serve the larger community with a strategic focus on donor engagement and strengthening of nonprofits in the region. The Community Foundation has been an incubator for successful initiatives such as the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and has also created other key initiatives, including the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and the Neighborhood Fund. An exciting new organization is the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative, which forms grassroots, community-based businesses that will transform impoverished neighborhoods while meeting supply needs of local anchor institutions such as universities, hospitals and government facilities. The Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative is starting its first business, Atlanta Lettuce Works.
Philipp has served on the advisory committee of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State, and her national and regional leadership responsibilities have included service as a board member of the Council on Foundations, the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Independent Sector and the National Center on Family Philanthropy.
Philipp was named as one of 175 “Emory History Makers” by Emory University in 2011. She received the 2010 John H. Allen Humanitarian Award from Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters. She is the recipient of the Community Leadership Award by the Harvard Business School Club of Atlanta, and she has been recognized as an “Achiever” by the YMCA and received the Roz Cohen Community Action Award and the Emory Medal, the university’s highest honor for alumni.
Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory and a master’s degree in business administration from Georgia State.