Program Areas

The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation makes grants in the following program areas. You can also learn more about our general grantmaking guidelines, see a snapshot of our past giving, or apply for a grant.

Early Childhood Education

The Foundation seeks to improve the quality and accessibility of early childhood education in metro Atlanta. It primarily invests in early learning through Smart Start at the United Way of Greater Atlanta. Learn more >

K-12 Education

The Foundation invests in systemic improvements to K-12 education at the state level and within Atlanta Public Schools, with a focus on improving standards, teacher quality and persistence to graduation. Learn more >

Children & Youth

The Foundation makes grants to child welfare and youth development organizations that provide personal development, academic support and recreational programs for Atlanta children in need. Learn more >

Human Services

The Foundation supports a range of well-established human services organizations in metro Atlanta that serve vulnerable populations such as the elderly, disabled and low-income adults and families. Learn more >


The Foundation seeks to improve health outcomes and access to affordable healthcare for residents of metro Atlanta, particularly for children, low-income families and underserved populations. Learn more >