In their concern for community wellbeing, the benefactors who established these foundations directed that available proceeds should be judiciously distributed to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations with demonstrable records of superior service in the fields of education, health, general welfare and culture. SunTrust Bank serves as the Trustee of these foundations and utilizes a Distribution Committee to assist in administering the foundations.
The Distribution Committee thoroughly reviews each application to ascertain the qualifications of the organization and to determine if the proposal purposes of the organization are consistent with the objectives of these foundations.
Each proposal submitted is automatically considered for funding by the English, Marshall, Rich, Woolford, Elkin, and Greene-Sawtell foundations. Only one application form is needed to apply to all six foundations.
Harry L. English was the son of Capt. James Warren English, a Civil War hero and mayor of Atlanta from 1882-1884. Capt. English gained prominence in Atlanta through the real estate business, and Harry helped found the Chattahoochee Brick Company. Harry and his wife Florence built a house on West Paces Ferry Road across from the Governor's Mansion. The house still stands today. The couple had a daughter, Emily, who married James D. Robinson, Sr., the founder and CEO of 4th National Bank. Harry died in 1937, and in 1964, The Florence C. and Harry L. English Memorial Fund was established to honor Harry and Florence.
Mrs. Harriett McDaniel Marshall created this Trust in 1962 to honor her father, Sanders McDaniel, a Monroe, GA native and an Atlanta attorney. Mr. McDaniel was the son of former Governor Henry D. McDaniel (1883-1888), under whose administration the State Capitol Building in Atlanta was completed. Harriett married Rembert Marshall, one of her father's law partners.
Walter H. Rich was the second president of Rich's department store (1926-1947), succeeding his uncle, Morris Rich, who founded the company as M. Rich & Bros. in 1867. Morris Rich changed the name to Rich's when a new store was built on the corner of Broad and Alabama Streets in downtown Atlanta in 1924. Both Morris and Walter
as well as Daniel Rich, Morris' brother and Walter's father,
are buried in Atlanta's historic Oakland Cemetery. The Walter H. and Marjory M. Rich Memorial Fund was established in 1959.
This Trust was created under the will of Thomas Guy Woolford, a member of the family who founded Retail Credit Company (1899) which ultimately became Equifax Inc. This Trust was established to make gifts to institutions that are organized and operated exclusively for charitable, religious, educational or scientific purposes. Because of the family's ties to the Atlanta area, the Distribution Committee will give priority to charitable, religious, educational or scientific organizations in the metropolitan Atlanta area.
The Nell Warren Elkin and William Simpson Elkin Foundation was created as a memorial by Miss Margaret R. Warren, Miss Charlotte L. Warren and Mrs. Josephine Warren Asbury, sisters of Nell Warren Elkin. The following charitable institutions were suggested by the Foundation's founders as worthy and valuable organizations. However, the Foundation's trustee is not required to make grants to these organizations and will entertain proposals from other organizations.
- Robert Winship Cancer Clinic, Atlanta, GA
- A.G. Rhodes, Inc., Atlanta, GA
- Georgia Heart Association, Inc., Atlanta, GA
- Bible Study Hour, Philadelphia, PA
- American Bible Society, New York, NY
- Emory University, Atlanta, GA
The Greene-Sawtell Foundation was established by Mr. Forest Greene and Mrs. Alice Greene Sawtell, who served as the first Advisory Committee. Under the terms of the document which established the Foundation, the advisory committee was created to select the charitable organizations which the Foundation would support.
SunTrust Bank, as Trustee, now determines which charitable, religious and
educational organizations will receive support from the Foundation. The Trustee
considers organizations which the Foundation has supported in the past, those in
which Mrs. Sawtell had a personal interest, and those which are of a similar
nature to the organizations in which Mrs. Sawtell had an interest.
Various Protestant Charities in Georgia
Young Harris College
Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School
Methodist Children's Home, Decatur, Georgia
Hillside Cottages, Atlanta, Georgia
Thornwell Orphanage, Clinton, South Carolina
Henrietta Egleston Hospital for Children, Decatur, Georgia
First Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Georgia
St. Jude's Recovery Center, Inc.
Atlanta Union Mission
Center for the Visually Impaired
Sheltering Arms Day Care Center
The Salvation Army