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.”
April 1 and September 1
Arts, culture, and humanities
Focuses on capital improvement and project grants with a priority toward educational institutions. Committee does not fund annual program grants.
Georgia or one of its neighboring states. Historically, preference has been given to organizations in Georgia.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
Benjamin T. White, committee chairman (community board member)
Mike Donnelly (corporate trustee)
Crawford F. Barnett, Jr., M.D.
The David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund - Atlanta makes grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations. Grants are focused on capital projects and educational programs demonstrating enhanced graduation rates.
Applications must be submitted through the online grant application form or alternative accessible application designed for assistive technology users.
- 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.
Application period and deadlines
To be considered, requests must be received by April 1 or September 1. The distribution committee meets semi-annually in May and November.
Applicants will receive an automated 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.