Atlanta Foundation

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The purpose of the Atlanta Foundation is to assist charitable and educational institutions located in Fulton County or DeKalb County, Georgia that promote education or scientific research; advance care for the sick, aged, or helpless; improve living conditions; provide recreation for all classes; and such other charitable purposes as will improve the mental, moral, and physical life of the inhabitants of Fulton and DeKalb counties regardless of race, color, or creed.

Annual application deadlines

The foundation's board meets in April and October. Requests must be received by March 1 or September 1 to be considered.

Program areas

All program areas

Types of support

Focuses on program grants and operating projects.

States served


Geographic limitations

Fulton County or DeKalb County, Georgia


Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Committee members

Mike Donnelly (representing the trustee)
Elizabeth Snyder
Judge William Duffey
Melissa Walker


  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.


Grants are limited to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations located in Fulton County or DeKalb County, Georgia.

Grantmaking priorities

The foundation assists with funding of program grants and operating projects.

Annual application period and deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round. Applications must be submitted by March 1 to be considered at the grant meeting held in April and September 1 to be considered at the grant meeting held in October.


Applicants will receive an automated email confirming their submission.

Required agreements and reports

Except as otherwise specified when a grant is awarded, a progress report must be submitted within six months after receiving funds.

About the Foundation

The Atlanta Foundation was created by a resolution adopted on February 1, 1921 by the Board of Directors of the Fourth National Bank of Atlanta under which the bank was named as sole Trustee. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., now continues as Trustee.

The income of the foundation is distributed by a committee of five persons who shall be residents of Atlanta, men or women, interested in welfare work, possessing a knowledge of the civic, educational, physical, and moral needs of the community; preferably one, and in no event to exceed two members of said committee to belong to the same religious sect or denomination. Those holding or seeking political office are disqualified from serving. The term of service for a committee member is five years.