Name: Paul C. White
Family: Married to Monica Lollar White for 29 years. I have two daughters, Farley and Jillian, who live together in Atlanta. Farley works and Jillian is starting her graduate program.
Years in the Golden Isles: 4.5 years (arrived Halloween night, 2016)
School: High school, Westminster Schools; undergraduate, University of Georgia (Phi Beta Kappa) and graduate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas.
Occupation: President and CEO, Coastal Georgia Foundation
Explain what the mission of Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is: The Coastal Georgia Foundation is a classic community foundation that was established to improve the quality of life for those who live in Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties. We do this by working directly with our fund-holders to help them maximize the impact of their philanthropy. I think it important to note that what we do not do is ask for money. Instead, we like to say that we “solve problems,” either for individuals in creating a charitable legacy, or the community by addressing needs. If you would like to learn more about how we do this, please reach out to me and we can schedule an “appropriately distanced” meeting.
How did you get involved with the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation? Prior to moving to the Georgia coast, we had lived in Monica’s hometown of Tulsa, Okla., for 17 years, where I was managing international sales in the energy industry. One day, it dawned on me that I really was not making a positive difference in my community and we decided that the time was right to return to my home state and to the foundation management business. Prior to Tulsa, we had lived in Macon, where I started the Community Foundation of Central Georgia which I ran for seven years. My networking efforts uncovered this amazing opportunity in Coastal Georgia, and I knew it was, obviously, the right time to make a change.
What does a typical day look like for you as
President and CEO of Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation? One of the things I love about running a foundation is that you never know what will be coming across the transom on any given day. All you do know is that, if you go to the office, you will make a difference in the lives of Coastal Georgians. Unfortunately, COVID has vastly limited the
number of personal meetings I have, but we have adapted, and the impact of our work has only
Describe a perfect Saturday for you and your family: Relaxing in bed for an extra 30 minutes or so, and then heading over to Dulce Dough for a cup of coffee a slice of quiche and reading the morning news. Before it gets too crowded, we will load up our three dogs and take them for a beach walk from the Coast Guard Station to the end of the point at Gould’s Inlet. We would probably grab a pizza to go from Tramici on the way home. I would then work for a few hours on one of many household projects (I am currently covering up popcorn ceilings with stained tongue-in-groove boards). My favorite 30-35 minute workout would follow; swimming laps in our pool while playing some old album I have not heard since the 70s or 80s. Monica is an incredible cook (to which I am a walking testament) so dinner with her would be enjoyed on our new porch followed by a smoked Manhattan cocktail. A perfect weekend day.
Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: I have always been a sucker for Georgia beaches. I love how dynamic they are, changing on a daily basis. I also love the historical sites here on St. Simons Island. Very few folks realize just how many transitional historical events occurred on this island and, according to Monica, I can be a bit overbearing in my efforts to educate folks who come to visit us.