Most people don’t realize that as much as 40% of our Cobb public health funding does not come from public sources. Cobb & Douglas Public Health, therefore, relies on foundation grants, private contributions and income-based service fees to support a huge portion of work for our Cobb residents. Led by a 100% giving community board, the Cobb Health Futures Foundation works tirelessly to fulfill our purpose to provide financial, fundraising, and advocacy support for our local public health programs in need.
The Cobb Health Futures Foundation was created in 1994 for the sole purpose of accepting a private land and estate fund donation. The first major success of this 501(c)3 organization was to accept the planned gift of $100,000 to support the Children’s Medical Services program. For several years, these funds provided local children who were burdened by chronic medical conditions with lifesaving medications and medical equipment.
In 2011 and 2012, the board teamed with then-foundation director John D. “Jack” Kennedy, M.D., to reinvigorate efforts and build a stronger local presence. The board kicked off its first annual campaign in 2013 to seek financial gifts from individuals in the community.
Since 2015, the Foundation has hosted its annual signature breakfast, “Healthier Children – Healthier Cobb,” to celebrate client successes and community generosity. The Foundation board was strategic in choosing to focus its fundraising efforts on programs that improve the health and safety of children in Cobb County. These programs—Children’s Medical Services, Babies Can’t Wait, Children 1st, and Perinatal Case Management—continue to be the driving force behind the board’s efforts today.
Thank you to all who support our Foundation. Only with your help can we grow stronger and continue to promote healthier lives and a healthier community.
Cobb Health Futures Foundation