Courts Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Courts Foundation supports education, religion, healthcare, human services, and arts and culture in Atlanta, Georgia.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, religion, healthcare, human services, arts and culture

IP TAKE: This funder is dedicated to the city of Atlanta and open to learning about new nonprofit causes in Georgia. It lacks transparency, restricting further information.

PROFILE: Established in 1950, the Courts Foundation is an independent foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the foundation of Richard (Dick) Courts and his wife, Virginia Campbell Courts. Richard Courts founded the financial services company Courts & Co., which was purchased by Reynolds Securities in 1969. During his lifetime, he supported the Salvation Army, the University of Georgia and local organizations. Current grantmaking includes education, religion, healthcare, human services, and arts and culture.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, Courts provides broad support for numerous interest areas in its home region. It makes grants in the forms of building funds, capital funding, professorships, scholarships, program funding, land acquisition and endowments.  Past support has gone to the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, the Atlanta Police Foundation, and the University of Georgia Foundation.

Foundation grants range between $25,000 and $250,000. The foundation provides larger grants of $1 million or more, as well. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation's giving is largely focused on Atlanta, Georgia.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. Applicants should submit a letter and supporting documents to the attention of John W. Stephenson via mail. There are no application deadlines, so grantseekers can submit applications at any time. Expect to hear back from the foundation within about month of submission. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 404-658-9066.


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