Tull Charitable Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Tull Charitable Foundation supports Georgia organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, education and schools, health and human services, youth development, and civic improvement.

FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, education and schools, health and human services, youth development, civic improvement

IP TAKE: This is an accessible Georgia funder that supports a wide range of causes, but prioritizes health and human services issues.

PROFILE: The Tull Charitable Foundation was founded by Joseph McKeehan Tull, an Atlanta businessman, in 1952. He founded the Southern Rubber and Supply Company, the precursor to the J.M. Tull Metal and Supply Company. Tull left his personal assets to the foundation after his death in 1962. The foundation was originally the charitable giving arm of the company, but that relationship ended when the company was sold in 1985. Grantmaking areas include arts and culture, education and schools, health and human services, youth development and civic improvement.

Within these focus areas, the foundation supports capital projects and start-up projects of new initiatives. However, it does not provide operating support for programs, projects or administration. The funder also does not support churches, sports booster clubs, conferences, seminars, performances, special events, political causes, research or tickets for charitable events. A majority of grants are for one year, although the funder occasionally considers multi-year support.

In a recent year, the foundation awarded over $3 million in grants. It awarded 27 total grants that year, mostly toward health and human services. View a breakdown of how the foundation awards grants on the funder’s grant summary page. The foundation restricts grantmaking to organizations based in Georgia. As a result, the foundation does not consider out-of-state requests.

The foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications via mail but not via email. It is advisable, but not required, to submit an initial letter of inquiry first in order to determine the eligibility of the request. The deadlines for full proposals are typically in early March, early June, early September and early December. Direct general questions to the foundation’s assistant to the director, Carol D. Aiken, at 404-659-7079 or carol@fullfoundation.org.

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