Denise Abboud Fund
We are saddened by the recent loss of our friend and colleague Bill Ross III. Memorials in his honor may be sent by check to the Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation. Please include “Bill Ross III Memorial” in the memo line. Donations can be mailed to:
Georgia Planning Memorial Foundation
121 Luckie Street NW, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30303
The purpose of the Denise Abboud Fund is to help with the education and ongoing professional development of those who work in or serve rural or poorer Georgia communities that would otherwise not be able to obtain such opportunities. Those qualified to receive assistance from the Fund are planners, planning commissioners and other persons in similar planning-related roles, who work in or serve such cities and counties.
The Foundation is focusing on two programs for financial assistance to be offered through the Denise Abboud Fund in 2012:
- GPA Fall Conference. (download application)
One program is to cover or defray the travel costs of eligible recipients to attend the GPA Fall Conference this year. Additionally, the conference registration fee may be defrayed by the Georgia Planning Association for GPA members. Click here to download an application form.
- Community Planning Institute. (download application)
The Foundation is offering grants to cover the registration fee and one night in the conference hotel for eligible recipients to attend the CPI-Planning and Zoning Workshop. The P&Z Workshop is offered several times a year at locations around the state, and is coordinated by DCA. For more information on a CPI P&Z Workshop course near your community and the scheduled dates, please visit the DCA website. For a copy of the CPI ap-plication, click here.
Applications for any of these events can be submitted by or on behalf of any qualified recipient, and is not limited to GPA members. The applications are competitive, however, and grants will be made based on those best meeting the selection criteria from among those submitted.
The Foundation’s adopted selection criteria reflects such factors as the extent to which the grant would further the stated purpose of the Denise Abboud Fund, objective data for the locality regarding such factors as per capita income and agricultural employment, and the potential for lasting beneficial results. Click here to review the selection criteria.
Board Members and Officers
The Foundations Board members and officers are:
- President: William Ross
- Vice President: Marsha Anderson Bomar
- Secretary: Daniel Reuter
- Treasurer: Eric Bosman
- Todd Barker
- Patti Cullin
- Tom Couch
- Daryll Simmons
If you have a question, send an email to us at GaPlanningFoundation@gmail.com.