Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation supports medicine, life enhancement and music, primarily in the Atlanta area of Georgia.

FUNDING AREAS: Advances in medicine, life enhancement, music

IP TAKE: Katz commonly supports well-established medical and arts institutions in Atlanta and sticks very closely to its designated funding interests.

PROFILE: Established in 1994, the Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation is a private foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia. Abraham Katz was a successful businessman with Kason Industries, while Phyllis Katz was an accomplished pianist. The founders were dedicated to medical research and the arts during their lifetimes. Today, the foundation aims to “provide innovations in medicine, increase access to music and performance, and enhance the lives of people who have chronic illness or other life challenges.”

The Katz Foundation supports medical organizations that study disease and wellness, ultimately providing innovative and accessible advances in medical research. The foundation also supports more general quality-of-life causes for people who are facing illnesses or other challenges. Finally, the arts are a big part of this funder’s giving strategy, and Katz mostly gives to programs that increase access to live music performances and that create opportunities for musicians. Past support has gone to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Emory University, the Atlanta Music Project, and the Woodruff Arts Center.

Foundation grants range between $25,000 and $250,000. View a list of past grantees on the funder’s website. Grantmaking is largely focused on Atlanta and the state of Georgia. Katz prioritizes groups in the Atlanta metropolitan community. It makes grants for 12-month periods only, requires organizations to have at least one paid staff member, and does not fund events. However, the funder does provide general operating support, program support and other types of funding.

The Katz Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant requests and only considers grant proposals on an invitation-only basis. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 404-551-5004.


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