The Georgia-Pacific Foundation Sees a Future in Paper

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation was established in 1958 by the papermaking and manufacturing company now headquartered in Atlanta. The foundation views itself as a community-based philanthropic funder, and focuses on four areas of “investment”: Education, Environment, Enrichment and Entrepreneurship.

The foundation emphasizes workforce development through its Education giving, stating:

We’re proud to support a wide array of community-based educational programs that help transition students from school to the workforce with scholarships, job readiness training, and technical programs. In short, we help provide students and workers with the skills needed to succeed and move forward in today’s workplace.

That is most explicitly demonstrated when it comes to training potential future members of the paper industry--a primary focus of its corporate side.

This is obviously a very specific area of focus. On the upside, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation's funding always comes as general operating support, rare among its peers.

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation specifically seeks to inspire and train future paper industry workers through programs located within 30 miles of one of Georgia-Pacific’s facilities. The company has a presence in 32 states, with multiple locations in many (10 in Texas, nine in Oregon, seven in California, four in Virginia, and four in Michigan, for example) so this geographic restriction still allows for a lot of grant eligibility.

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation places no strict parameters on grant amounts, saying: "When deciding what or if we will contribute, we consider the value of the program to our communities and the amount we have available to donate." But you will be required to put a specific ask amount into your application.

Recent workforce development grantees working in the paper industry include $20,000 to the International Corrugated Packaging Foundation (Alexandria, VA); $10,500 to Miami University's Department of Paper, Chemical and Biomedical Enginering (Oxford, OH); and $6,000 to the Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation (Seattle, WA).

The Georgia-Pacific Foundation has an open application process with a recently revised application. It's a rolling application, and the foundation says you'll receive notification within 60 days.


Georgia-Pacific Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

Georgia-Pacific Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education