Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation supports education, health, human services, and religious causes in Georgia.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services, religious causes

IP TAKE: This is a good funder to know for capital needs for nonprofits working to build or renovate educational, medical, or charitable facilities.

PROFILE: Established in 1974, the Clark and Ruby Baker Foundation is a private foundation in Georgia. The Baker family was committed to the Methodist Church and established this foundation to support Methodist-affiliated causes. This foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Georgia office. Grantmaking INCLUDES education, health, human services, and religious causes.

This funder often supports higher education institutions in small towns and rural areas. It is committed to groups that serve infirm, deserving, and aged Methodist ministers as well. Funding extends to needy children, orphans, orphanages, and ill individuals who are receiving medical treatment at clinics and hospitals in Georgia. The Baker Foundation will often provide capital support to build new educational facilities at colleges and universities. It also provides capital support to help build and renovate libraries, clinics, hospitals, and other charitable use buildings. In addition to capital support, this funder is also a steady provider of unrestricted general operating support. Past local funding has gone to the Family Promise of Cobb County, the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, and Partnership Against Domestic Violence.

Foundation grants are often between $3,000 and $20,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking prioritizes Georgia based organizations. Past grantees have been awarded in Atlanta, Macon, Cedartown, Marietta, Decatur, and Lagrange. The funder makes grants for one-year periods on most occasions, but multi-year support is also possible.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is June 1 and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about one to two months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at ga.grantmaking@ustrust.com or 404-264-1377.

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