Human Services

The Joseph B. Whitehead Foundation supports well-established human services organizations that work to improve the quality of life for people in need in metro Atlanta. The Foundation seeks to fund proven solutions to meet the needs of the region’s most vulnerable populations.

The Foundation’s investments in human services make up a significant part of our average grants portfolio (see graph). We support the capital and capacity-building needs of well-established, Atlanta-based human service organizations serving homeless and low-income individuals.


  • Initiatives of the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s Regional Commission on Homelessness to reduce homelessness in metro Atlanta
  • Programs providing job training and employment services
  • Services for vulnerable populations, including the homeless, elderly and disabled

What We Do Not Fund

  • Organizations outside of metro Atlanta
  • Individuals
  • Annual operating support