Moore, Fowler are this year’s North Georgia Community Foundation philanthropy award winners

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The North Georgia Community Foundation (NGCF) has named Jim Moore as the 2016 Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award winner and Brett Fowler as the inaugural recipient of the Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award.

“We are honored to recognize two individuals in our community who each embody the true essence of these awards,” NGCF President/CEO Michelle Prater said. “Both individuals possess passion, dedication and commitment to making a lasting impact on our community through their service.”

Both will be honored at NGCF’s Celebration of Community Dinner on Oct. 13 at the Gainesville Civic Center. The evening also will pay tribute to Jim Mathis, who is retiring after 18 years leading the Community Foundation.


The Woodrow Stewart Leadership in Philanthropy Award is awarded to individuals who provide leadership in support of philanthropic causes and who motivate others to take leadership roles with nonprofit organizations and community projects.

Moore is a longtime community volunteer offering his leadership to countless organizations in the region. Although his volunteer leadership spans organizations including Brenau University, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, United Way of Hall County, the Hall County Chapter of the American Red Cross, Chattahoochee District of Boy Scouts of America, and the North Georgia Community Foundation, Moore has dedicated much of his volunteer service to The Medical Center Foundation and Northeast Georgia Health System. In fact, Woody Stewart, for whom the award is named, hand-picked Moore as his successor as chairman of The Medical Center Foundation. Since he assumed the chairman position in 2012, Moore has led the charge of securing $15 million to benefit numerous hospital and community projects through the Healthy Journey Campaign.

The Gus Whalen Young Philanthropist Award recognizes individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who show commitment to enhancing the quality of life in our region through volunteer service.

Since graduating from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business and moving back to his native Gainesville in 2008, Fowler has been an active member of the Gainesville-Hall County community serving on many civic and nonprofit boards. His community involvement includes the Gainesville Jaycees, United Way of Hall County, Main Street Gainesville, Georgia Mountain Food Bank, Gainesville First United Methodist Church, the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, and many other organizations.

For more information on the Celebration of Community Dinner, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, call 770-535-7880 or visit