Founded in 2002, the Majestic Realty Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Majestic Realty, a real estate development firm that specializes in building business parks “that serve communities.” By extension, it built a foundation to further “enhance the quality of life” in those communities, with the recognition that “needs were growing rapidly,” by focusing on five “key investment areas”: Youth, Education, Family, Health and Violence Prevention.
Couple these five giving areas with the foundation's seven-word “Guiding Principles”—Vision, Leadership, Passion, Commitment, Caring, Creativity and Collaboration—and you start to get a clear sense of how this funder frames its support, and therefore how you should frame your program.
The caveat is that you must operate in one of Majestic Realty Foundation's eight geographic areas. The Atlanta area is among them (along with Dallas-Forth Worth, Denver/Aurora, Las Vegas, Bethlehem, PA, and the San Gabriel Valley and Inland Empire in California.
More good news: the Majestic Realty Foundation funds general operating costs as well as program support. It also declares an interest in leveraging other matching funds grants you may have received—stating that as a priority way of giving, in fact.
The primary downside is that amounts given are very modest. The Majestic Realty Foundation is unlikely to be your white knight. But if you're building a portfolio of modest investors for your Atlanta-based program that embeds itself in your community, there's opportunity here.
Recent Atlanta area grantees emphasize violence prevention (including domestic sex trafficking) and housing (in the name of family stability). Grantees include:
- $13,500 to the Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta, GA)
- $5,000 to the Atlanta Children's Shelter (Atlanta, GA)
- $5,000 to Wellspring Living (Tyrone, GA)
- $3,000 to the Agape Community Center (Atlanta, GA)
- $3,000 to the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (Atlanta, GA)
- $2,000 to Street Grace (Norcross, GA)
- $2,000 to Cool Girls, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)
- $2,000 to La Amistad (Atlanta, GA).
The Majestic Realty Foundation has an open LOI, inviting submission's year-round.