David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund - Atlanta

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As stated in the Will of Marian Woodward Ottley, the fund’s mission is “to make this a better world for those who come after us.”

Annual application deadlines

April 1 and September 1

Program areas

Arts, culture, and humanities
Environment, animals
Human services
International/foreign affairs
Public/society benefit

Program limitations

Focuses on capital improvement and project grants with a priority toward educational institutions. Committee does not fund annual program grants.

States served

South Carolina
North Carolina

Geographic limitations

Georgia or one of its neighboring states. Historically, preference has been given to organizations in Georgia.


Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.


Florida Huff (Chair)

Committee members

Rob Barnett
Jack Sibley
Frank Sims
Debra Faulk (Corporate Trustee Representative)

The David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund - Atlanta makes grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations focused on capital projects and educational programs demonstrating enhanced graduation rates.


Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form.


  • The distribution committee makes its decisions based on materials provided in the grant request. Applicants should not contact committee members personally concerning a proposal or anticipated approach to the fund.
  • All applicants are requested to wait at least two years from the date of any previous application or grant award payment before submitting a new proposal to the fund.

Annual application period and deadlines

To be considered, requests must be received by the deadline of April 1 or September 1.


Applicants will receive an email confirming their submission. Each applicant will be notified in writing after a decision has been made. If a grant is awarded, the funds are generally disbursed to the organization 4 – 6 weeks after the committee meeting.

Required agreements and reports

Periodic progress reports and final reports are required for funded projects.

About the Foundation

It was fitting and only natural that, upon her death in 1974, Marian Woodward Ottley would establish by Will, the David, Helen, and Marian Woodward Fund in loving memory of her parents, and in her words, “In order to carry out their wishes and mine in attempting to make this a better world for those who come after us.”

Her Will created a distribution committee to direct the trustee to distribute income and principal exclusively to or for the benefit of non-profit institutions, corporations, and associations that are located in Georgia or one of its neighboring states and that are organized and operated exclusively for religious, educational, charitable, or scientific purposes. The fund also awards grants to governmental agencies.

Mrs. Ottley suggested that, in considering grants, the committee take into account the fact that during her lifetime the preponderance of her gifts to education and charity were distributed to institutions that had religious affiliations.

The distribution committee has attempted to carry out Mrs. Ottley’s wishes. It will continue to do so in an effort to make this a better world for those who come after her generous family.