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.
The Distribution Committee
SunTrust Bank provides trustee services to private and family foundations, including the six foundations detailed on this
website. As stewards to the SunTrust Trusteed Foundations, we are happy to provide information
about their grant guidelines and the application process in the Atlanta area.
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. 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
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
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.
Charities Suggested in the Document Establishing the Foundation:
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
Charities Supported by Mrs. Sawtell during her lifetime: