Audrey Jacobs

Founder and Principal, Sarafina Group

Audrey Jacobs, JD, is the founder and principal of the Sarafina Group an organization providing consultation services to philanthropic and non-profit organizations.

Audrey was most recently the Director of the Center for Family Philanthropy at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta.  For the past eleven years, Audrey worked with a team to engage individual philanthropists and families in philanthropy.  As a philanthropic advisor, Audrey worked with philanthropists and families in developing and implementing strategic philanthropic plans, including succession planning, fund development, next generation involvement, legacy planning, gift planning, along with program development and evaluation.

With more than twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector, Audrey helps non-profits fulfill their mission by helping with fund development, strategic planning and Board development. Audrey worked with several organizations in New York City, including Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and the New York Women’s Foundation.

Audrey is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta, is a former member and immediate past president of the Emory University Board of Visitors.

Audrey received her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University; and a juris doctorate degree from New York University School of Law.  Audrey resides in Sandy Springs, Georgia, with her husband, Roland Matthews, MD and two young adult sons, now away at college.


What are donor-advised funds?

Posted on March 12, 2019 by Audrey Jacobs, Elaine Gast Fawcett

Think of a donor-advised fund as a personal philanthropy checking and savings account. An individual donor, couple, or family creates an account (a donor-advised fund) by transferring assets to a sponsor or sponsor organization, such as a community foundation, a religious federation, or a commercial gift fund. … Read More

How can family foundations and community foundations work most effectively together?

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Tim Ober, Shelley Hoss, National Center for Family Philanthropy, Keith Swayne, Audrey Jacobs, Ann Mulholland

Are there good examples of family foundations working closely with the donor community, brought to the table via the community foundation, to strengthen philanthropic initiatives broadly? How can we partner with the community foundations in our state to know community goals and make more effective grants in those areas? … Read More

How Can Community Foundation Staff Prepare for and Manage Family Dynamics?

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Audrey Jacobs, Rob MacPherson

This month we are delighted to feature a question recently asked during our June webinar, Ten ways philanthropic families work with community foundations. This webinar provides reminders, tips, and peer advice for families, donors, and community foundation staff along with the stories of how two donor families have made the most of their long-time relationship with their local community foundation. The featured presenters are Lauren Amos from the Wish Foundation, David Barrett from the Gene B. Glick Company, Audrey Jacobs from The Center for Family Philanthropy for The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; and Rob MacPherson from the Central Indiana Community Foundation… Read More

Ten ways philanthropic families work with community foundations

Posted on June 11, 2015 by Audrey Jacobs, David O. Barrett, Elizabeth Sullivan, Lauren Amos, Mark Neithercut, Rob MacPherson

This special webinar as we count and describe the many ways that philanthropic families work with the more than 800 community foundations spread across North America. From partnering for impact to serving as a training ground for younger family members, community foundations and families have been partners since the very first community foundations were founded just over a century ago… Read More