Children & Youth

The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation maintains a special focus on helping children and youth in need in metro Atlanta. The Foundation works to strengthen child welfare in Georgia and to support the development of Atlanta’s youth into healthy, responsible and productive citizens.

The Foundation’s investments in children and youth make up a significant part of our average grants portfolio (see graph). We work with the State of Georgia to address challenges in child welfare, and we support the capital and capacity-building needs of youth development organizations in metro Atlanta.


  • Improvements in child welfare at the state level, with an emphasis on prevention and intervention strategies
  • Organizations providing personal development, academic support and recreational programs for children and youth

What We Fund

  • Residential and/or therapeutic care for children and youth
  • Youth development organizations

What We Do Not Fund

  • Organizations outside of metro Atlanta
  • Individuals