Robert Woodruff Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Robert Woodruff Foundation's initiatives are health, education, environment, human services, arts and culture and community development. This foundation works exclusively in the state of Georgia.

IP TAKE: The Robert Woodruff Foundation invests in health, education, environment, human services, arts and culture and community development in the state of Georgia. This funder generally works with "well-established" organizations, providing large, long-term grants. The Woodruff Foundation accepts proposals from organizations in Georgia on an ongoing basis.

PROFILE: The Robert Woodruff Foundation was founded in 1937 by the longtime president of the Coca-Cola Company, Robert Winship Woodruff. For reasons of privacy, the organization was originally called the Trebor Foundation (Trebor is Robert spelled backwards), and it was renamed for Woodruff upon his death in 1985. This foundation is based in Atlanta, Georgia and invests in the Atlanta area through its health, education, environment, human services, arts and culture and community development initiatives.

Although a large portion of Woodruff's education funding is directed at higher education, the foundation supports independent, charter and special education schools in the Atlanta area, as well as programs for at-risk children and programs that foster systemic improvement in public education. Past grantees include the Georgia Council on Economic Education, which aims to improve K-12 economics education throughout the state of Georgia, and the Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence, which recruits and prepares high-quality middle and high school teachers in the STEM disciplines.

The Robert Woodruff Foundation generally funds "well established institutions and projects with strong leadership and a broad base of support." The foundation's education grants are large, ranging from $200,000 to over $10 million, and are usually disbursed over a period of several years. A database of past grantees is available on the foundation's website.

This funder accepts proposals at any time by mail and reviews these at board meetings at the beginning of February and September of each year.  

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