Arby’s Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Arby’s Foundation supports childhood hunger, youth leadership, and career readiness in Atlanta, Georgia, and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Childhood hunger, youth leadership, career readiness

IP TAKE: Although the foundation has supported causes in all 50 states, it prioritizes Georgia and the Atlanta area.

PROFILE: Established in 1986, the Arby’s Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Arby’s fast food restaurant franchise. Based in Atlanta, the foundation supports youth, and believes that “every kid deserves to dream big and pursue their dreams with confidence.” Grantmaking includes childhood hunger, youth leadership and career readiness.

The Arby’s Foundation supports childhood hunger relief as a way to help kids achieve their dreams. This was the foundation’s original mandate, and it continues to support both local and national hunger relief partners. Locally, the funder has supported the Georgia Food Bank Association, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Georgia 4-H. Since 2017, the foundation has funded youth leadership and career readiness initiatives, as well. Locally, the funder supports Dream Big Atlanta, an annual event that recognizes local students and inspires the next generation of Atlanta students. With regard to career readiness, the foundation supports the National Restaurant Association to deliver training to disconnected youth across the U.S. The foundation enlists the help of Arby’s customers who donate to support youth-serving organizations such as No Kid Hungry, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Junior Achievement. The foundation has a partner program composed mostly of official Arby’s suppliers to participate in foundation events and support foundation operations.

Arby’s Foundation grants tend to range from $10,000 to $100,000. Learn more about this funder’s giving by examining its financials and Form 990. The foundation has supported causes in all 50 states, although it very regularly supports causes in the state of Georgia, and especially in its home city of Atlanta.

It does not appear that the Arby’s Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, and the funder does not provide application forms or guidelines on its website. Direct general questions to the foundation staff at 678-514-5151 or via online form.

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