The Glenn Family Foundation initiates its grants and does not publicly solicit proposals. Trustees and staff conduct research, attend site visits and other learning events to determine grantmaking priorities. 

Principal giving interests are currently focused on education, health and human services and most grants are made to organizations serving metropolitan Atlanta.  Grants are usually made for strategic purposes that significantly enhance an organization’s effectiveness or capacity and leverage other sources of support.  The Foundation often attempts to address organizational needs that might not easily be funded by other sources such as capacity building, infrastructure, program scaling or operating needs. 

Until 2008, the Foundation made a relatively small number of large grants each year.  As nonprofits struggled from the negative financial events of the Great Recession, the Foundation modified its practice so as to make several smaller grants to support the operating needs of direct human services organizations.  In 2013, the Foundation returned to its practice of making a relatively small number of larger grants. 

Since its inception, the Foundation has channeled more than $90 million into higher education, K-12 schools, medical research, healthy food access, green space and public parks, and other community needs. 

Grants are limited to tax-exempt charities.

Select Grants, 2003 to 2016

      Click on each to learn more about our grantees.

Financial Data as of 12/31/2015 

Assets: $117,344,000
Grants: $6,442,100 for 41 grants
Average grant: $150,000; Range: $2,500 - $2 million


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The Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is led by an integrated, multidisciplinary team of medical, surgical, radiation and nursing professionals recognized nationally and internationally for their accomplishments.  See more…


The Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning provides transformative educational experiences that engage the Westminster family and peer communities in philanthropy, active citizenship, and commitment to the common good. See more…


The National Center for Civil and Human Rights harnesses Atlanta's legacy of civil rights to strengthen the worldwide movement for human rights. See more…


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the pediatric physician teaching site for Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. See more…


Georgia Organics is a member supported, non-profit organization connecting organic food from farms to families. See more…


Skyland Trail is a nationally recognized nonprofit mental health treatment organization serving adults ages 18 and older. See more…

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The Good Samaritan Health Center is a healthcare home providing affordable comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and health education services for underserved individuals and families in Atlanta. See more… 

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The East Lake Foundation helps families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach to community revitalization incorporating mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness. See more… 

Courtesy of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution 

Courtesy of the Atlanta Journal & Constitution 

The Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage was awarded for the first time on March 15, 2011 and recognizes individuals who stand up for moral principles and render service to humanity without regard for publicity. See more…