Christy Butler Eckoff, our new Chief Foundation Officer, comes to us from the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta where she was Managing Director, Philanthropic Counsel. Her new role with Atlanta Jewish Foundation comes with a bold mandate to make AJF the go-to place for planned giving, asset management and Jewish generosity. We’re thrilled that she’s here!
Born in Providence, RI and raised in Winston Salem, NC, Christy has always had an awareness of what philanthropy can do. She was a founding member of the service club at her high school and an active volunteer and fundraiser in her college sorority. “I really don’t know when the spark started for me, but I’ve always been interested in philanthropy and helping others,” Christy said. “It’s the reason I pursued a law degree — to help people.”
Christy left the practice of law to pursue a career in philanthropy at Georgia State University Foundation. “This was in the days before GSU Football when the university was going through a transition and looking for ways to grow. I felt like it was a great opportunity to have some impact and create growth.” Excited about the opportunity to raise money to help young adults in their pursuit of higher education, Christy spent her years at Georgia State developing relationships with alumni and donors to ensure growth and security for GSU for generations to come.
“I am a firm believer in caring and compassionate philanthropy. Ultimately, I find satisfaction in helping organizations build their planned giving capacity, which leads to impactful fundraising and continuity,” Christy said. Working with Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta was very much aligned with her personal values and afforded her the chance to drive measurable impact in the Atlanta community. “I always sought volunteer opportunities and offered myself as a resource for local non-profits who needed my help.” In her role as Managing Director, Philanthropic Counsel, Christy positioned herself as a matchmaker between charitable givers and non-profits, working to help donors spark passion for giving and identify their philanthropic legacy.
As for her personal philanthropy, Christy is a true animal lover who supports causes like Golden Retriever Rescue of Atlanta and Adopt A Golden Atlanta. She is a loving dog owner to Maddie, a one-year old puppy, who is her third Golden Retriever. “I love Maddie. She’s truly my baby and she’s so smart and funny! My simple goal is to make sure other dogs are safe, fed and able to find happy homes.”
As she prepares for the next chapter in her career with Atlanta Jewish Foundation, she also anticipates a new phase of life for herself and Maddie. “I am calling this the sage burning of my life — a time filled with new beginnings. I feel fortunate for this chance to start anew professionally. I’ve got an exciting opportunity with AJF to create a lasting impact for the Jewish community and Greater Atlanta. And, I just purchased a new home in the city that’s a few short blocks from a huge dog park for my Maddie. I’m working right now on decorating it and making it pretty. I love details and challenges, and I’m excited to have a fresh start,” Christy said.
Atlanta Jewish Foundation is fortunate to have Christy’s passion, expertise and fresh perspective at the helm as we work to bring bigger Jewish possibilities to life. If you’d like to learn more about Christy or if you want information about the services offered through AJF, please don’t hesitate to send her a message. She is excited to talk to you and eager to meet with our donors and fundholders.