Educational Institutions

University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc.

  • Dahlonega, GA
  • http://unggive.org/foundation

Mission Statement

The University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc. supports the mission of the University of North Georgia by promoting philanthropy from all constituents, managing and investing its assets responsibly, providing financial assistance for students, faculty and staff, and serving in an advisory role to the President of the University.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarships
  2. Academic Programs
  3. Faculty Salary Support
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The primary service area is Georgia, but students are accepted from every state and many foreign countries.

ruling year

1961

CEO since 2015

Self-reported

Mr. Jeffrey H. Tarnowski

Chairman since 2015

Self-reported

Mrs. Mary Helen McGruder

Keywords

Self-reported

NGCSU, Corps of Cadets, Army ROTC, NCAA, athletics, scholarships, higher education, college, university, capital campaign,

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EIN

23-7066297

Physical Address

60 West Main Street Suite 301

Dahlonega, 30533

Also Known As

UNG Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Single Organization Support (B11)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

Following the consolidation in January 2013 of North Georgia College & State University and Gainesville State University to form the University of North Georgia, the two respective institutional foundations consolidated later that year to form the University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc. Both legacy foundations, and the consolidated UNG Foundation, provide focused philanthropic support for students, faculty and staff of the university. The foundation now serves more than 17,000 students and 800+ faculty on five campuses throughout northern Georgia. The combined endowment, restricted primarily for student scholarships, totals more than $50 million. New emphases are emerging in support of undergraduate research, capital expansion projects, international relations and strategic language instruction.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarships

Scholarship support (both merit-based and need-based) for NGCSU students

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$631,030.00

Program 2

Academic Programs

Academic departments, Honors Program, Distinguished Professor, Center for Global Engagement, etc.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$541,060.00

Program 3

Faculty Salary Support

Salary enhancements from endowed funds

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$70,267.00

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    The University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc. works to promote philanthropy from all of the universities constituents to support access to higher education, retention and completion of college degrees and professional certifications, and the contributions of the university to economic development of our service region and the state.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. Effective fundraising to accomplish university strategic objectives.
    2. Effective management of Foundation funds to provide funding support for current operations and future needs.
    3. Effective advocacy on behalf of the university, its programs and its people.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    1. An experienced staff of fundraising professionals and support staff.
    2. A qualified, independent Board of Trustees, comprised of volunteers who are experts in a broad range of professional endeavors, including financial, legal, education, business management and community leadership.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Beginning in Fiscal Year 2016, we are tracking our progress (both internally and externally) by use of a Scorecard of Key Performance Indicators. The scorecard is reported to University and Foundation leaders on a regular basis, and is used in training and evaluation of staff and evaluation of programs.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    The Scorecard is a new instrument, and we are establishing historical data and setting benchmark data to measure the effectiveness of our organization in relation to our own goals and objectives, and in comparison to a select group of peer institutions.
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

The primary service area is Georgia, but students are accepted from every state and many foreign countries.

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc.
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc.

Leadership

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CEO

Mr. Jeffrey H. Tarnowski

Chairman

Mrs. Mary Helen McGruder

BIO

Jeff Tarnowski serves the University of North Georgia as Vice President for University Advancement. In this role, he oversees university programs for Development, Alumni Relations, and Advancement Services. In this role, he reports to the university president.

He also serves the University of North Georgia Foundation, Inc. as Chief Executive Officer. In this role, he reports to the Chairman of the UNG Foundation.

He brings to these roles many years of successful service, most recently in similar positions at Georgia Perimeter College.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Mary Helen McGruder

Community Volunteer Leader

Term: July 2015 - June 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?