ALICIA PHILIPP is president of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. With assets of more than $930.8 million, 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 the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle and one of 175 “Emory History Makers” by Emory University, Philipp has led the Foundation’s grantmaking, fundraising and collaboration with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for more than 30 years. Under her leadership, The Community Foundation has grown from $7 million in 1977 to more than $930.8 million today and facilitates more planned gifts than any other locally based nonprofit organization in the Southeast.
Philipp has challenged the Foundation to think differently about the best ways to serve the larger community with a strategic focus on donor engagement as well as strengthening nonprofits in the region. The Community Foundation has served as an incubator for successful initiatives such as the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and has also created other key initiatives including the Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and the Neighborhood Fund.
Philipp has served on the advisory committee of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, 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 received the 2010 John H. Allen Humanitarian Award from Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters. She also received the Community Leadership Award by the Harvard Business School (HBS) Club of Atlanta and the Atlanta Women’s Foundation Shining Star award. She has also been recognized as an “Achiever” by the YMCA and received the “Roz Cohen Community Action Award” and the “Emory Medal,” Emory University’s highest honor for alumni.
Philipp received a bachelor’s degree from Emory University and a master’s in business administration from Georgia State University.