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Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation raises, invests and distributes private dollars needed to fund the programs, projects, scholarships, equipment and buildings that help Georgia Southern University earn and maintain a reputation for excellence.

Tuition, fees and state allocations cover the “basics,” but are not sufficient to provide for the many “extras” that add quality and value to a university education and allow research and regional service to flourish.

The Foundation also provides support to divisions within the University to fund special needs. These include many instructional projects, cultural outreach initiatives, admissions programs, international student activities, the Georgia Southern University Southern Pride Marching Band, and more. The Foundation supports the fundraising needs of the Georgia Southern University Museum, The Garden of the Coastal Plain, the Georgia Southern University Center for Wildlife Education and the Lamar Q Ball Jr. Raptor Center, the Performing Arts Center, and other facilities and programs which serve the campus and community.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization established in 1962 to raise and manage private dollars to meet the needs of Georgia Southern University that are not funded through state allocations.

The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc., is qualified by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation.

Vision and Mission


The Georgia Southern University Foundation Inc. exists to raise private funding to meet certain educational and institutional needs at Georgia Southern University not addressed by state allocations.


The mission of The Georgia Southern University Foundation, Inc. is to assist Georgia Southern University in fulfilling its multifaceted mission and in its efforts to achieve educational excellence. The Foundation primarily accomplishes this mission by providing leadership in obtaining the resources needed to achieve the University’s goals and through responsible stewardship of the assets entrusted to the Foundation for the benefit and enhancement of the University.
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Board Members

Mr. Michael R. Sanders – Chair
Mr. Trip C. Addison – President
Mrs. Maura Copeland – Secretary
Mr. Robert L. Whitaker – Treasurer

Dr. Don Aaron, Jr.
Orthopedic Surgeon
Optim Orthopedics
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Trip C. Addison
VP, University Advancement
President, University Foundation
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mrs. Ellen Bolch
THA Group
Savannah, GA
Mr. David H. Brooker
President and CEO
Citizens Bank of Washington County
Sandersville, GA
Dr. Harry Carter
The Citadel
Charleston, SC
Dr. Kelley Chester
Principal & Co-Founder
Thought Bridge LLC
Milton, GA
Mrs. Maura Copeland
Chief Legal Affairs Officer
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Bill Crider
Crider Companies
Stillmore, GA
Mr. David Edwards
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Richard T. Evans, Jr.
Vice President
Evans General Contractors
Alpharetta, GA
Dr. Carl Gooding
Dean Emeritus, Parker College of Business
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. John Ray Hendley
Hendley Properties
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Cedric Henry
COO & Co-Founder
Millennium Corporation
Arlington, VA
Mr. William R. Hickman, Jr.
Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP
Statesboro, GA
Dr. John Hodges
Retired MD
Statesboro, GA
Mr. Ronny Just
Governmental Relations Manager
Georgia Power Company
Atlanta, GA
Mr. John W. Lane
Market President
Statesboro Bank
Statesboro, GA
Dr. Kyle Marrero
University President
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Mr. James B. Matthews, III
Blasingame, Burch, Garrand & Ashley, P.C.
Athens, GA
Mr. James A. Medbery
Senior Vice President
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Stephen Milner
Planters Telephone Cooperative
Newington, GA
Mr. David Paddison
Sterling Seacrest Partners, Inc.
Savannah, GA
Mrs. Sharon Ponder
VP of Finance
Bennett International Group
McDonough, GA
Mrs. Dana Potts
Persons Banking Company
Glennville, GA
Mr. Michael Sanders
Senior Vice President
UBS Financial Services
Atlanta, GA
Mr. Alton Standifer
Assistant to the President
University of Georgia
Athens, GA
Mr. Anthony Tippins
CoolSys Energy Solutions
Savannah, GA
Mr. James Van Epps
Van Epps LLC
Roswell, GA

Board Agendas and Minutes

Annual Reports

2017 Annual Report

The Giving Report Our Global Eagle Nation annual report cover with four globes lined up

Our Global Eagle Nation

From research opportunities in Ireland to student recruitment across the globe, Georgia Southern continues to make an impact both at home and internationally.  The 2017 Giving Report illustrates the far reaching effect your donations are making.

2016 Annual Report

The Giving Report 2016 eagle with spread wings

You Made a Difference

The 2016 Giving Report allows readers to meet three students, who, in their own words, explain how donations have impacted their college careers and how that helped make a difference.

2015 Annual Report

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Long-Term Loyalty

The 2015 Annual Report recognizes long term loyalty by highlighting five individuals each with more than 40 years of giving to Georgia Southern University.  The report also showcases some of Georgia Southern’s most recent gifts and the impact they are making.

2014 Annual Report

Annual Report 2014 embrace the journey photo of graduates throwing up their graduation caps

Embrace the Journey

Follow along with our students, faculty, and supporters as they take readers on a journey of excellence both in the classroom and beyond in the 2014 Annual Report.

2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report with image of Georgia Southern academic logo

Shaping the Future

The 2013 Annual Report allows the reader to meet individuals who, with their giving, are creating a legacy at Georgia Southern University and helping to shape the future.

2012 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report cover

A Caring Commitment

The 2012 Annual Report illustrates the important role that our donors, and their commitments, play in preparing Georgia Southern University for the future.

Audited Financial Statements

IRS Form 990

Last updated: 9/15/2021