Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Key Facts on Georgia Foundations

Giving by foundations in Georgia rose an unexpected 7 percent in 2009, a new report from the Foundation Center finds. Based on a survey conducted in partnership with the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance and the Southeastern Council of Foundations, Key Facts on Georgia Foundations (4 pages, PDF) found that total giving by the state's 1,455 independent, corporate, community, and operating foundations increased to more than $874 million — led by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, which awarded $142 million in grants, a record for the foundation. The report also notes that health, education, and human services continued to top the list of priorities for funders in the state, accounting for more than 67 percent of grant dollars, and that arts and culture's share of foundation giving declined from 10.7 percent in 2008 to 6.1 percent in 2009.