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Mission Statement

The Zeist Foundation embraces a holistic approach to address the needs of children, youth and families in the areas of education, arts & culture and health & human services.

The Foundation seeks opportunities to leverage its investments in organizations that are innovative, collaborative, and sustainable in serving children, youth, and families.


The Foundation primarily supports organizations in Georgia with an emphasis on metro Atlanta. Semi-annually 10 - 15 nonprofit organizations are funded after  a formal review process. In addition, prospective organizations must be tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and classified as a public charity under Section 509(a)(1), (2) or (3) of that law. Additionally, any prospective public charity under Section 509(a)(3) will be required to demonstrate to the Foundation’s satisfaction that it is an eligible grantee. The foundation staff makes a concerted effort to respond to all inquiries and appreciates grantseekers’ understanding that the Foundation’s commitment to its mission and its focus on funding opportunities that align with the Foundation’s priorities


Grant applications are accepted through an invitation only process. At the request of either a foundation staff or a board member, an organization may submit an on-line letter of inquiry through Foundation Source, our web-based application platform. Upon review of the submitted information, the foundation staff works closely with the applicant conducting research and due diligence which may involve the need for additional information and a site visit by the foundation staff and board.  Subsequently, the foundation may ask for a formal grant application, once again to be submitted through Foundation Source.  The completed application will be viewed and discussed by the Board for funding consideration during one of our semi-annual proposal reviews. 

Interested grant seekers should carefully review the contents of this web site before contacting the foundation. We appreciate grant seekers’ understanding that the foundation’s commitment to its mission and its focus on funding opportunities that align with the Foundation’s priorities.

The foundation partners with public and private sector organizations.


A. Categories

  • Education
  • Health and Human Services
  • Arts and Culture

B. Types of Funding

The Foundation staff continuously conducts research within each category to determine the organizations and programs that operate effectively in Georgia and how the foundation can be supportive. Currently, the Foundation provides three key types of funding, including, but not limited to:

  • General Operating – unrestricted support to a nonprofit organization
  • Program/Project – support restricted to an existing program or a special project operated by the nonprofit organization
  • Capacity Building – support that strengthens the organization’s governance or operating ability

C. Funding Stipulations

  • The Foundation seeks to build relationships with grantees and understand their impact before investing in organizations long term.
  • New organizations may apply for a single year gift not to exceed $100,000 or 10% of their operating budget and they cannot request multi-year funding. 
  • Existing grantees that apply for renewal funding can request more than $100,000 as long as it does not exceed 10% of the organization’s budget.
  • Existing grantees that have received foundation support for three or more years are subject to a “funding gap” which means that the foundation may choose not invite the organization to apply for funding for the following year.
  • A renewal applicant can request a multi-year grant that is spread out over two years but there is no guarantee that a grant will be renewed once it expires.

D. Geographic Target Areas 

  •  City of Atlanta
  • Metro Atlanta
  • State of Georgia

E. Signature Projects

The Zeist Foundation, Inc. has established a reputation in Atlanta for its “Place Based Philanthropy” in the Edgewood neighborhood where it created the Whitefoord Community Program in the 1990s. While the foundation continues its commitment to the Edgewood neighborhood, it also seeks to support signature projects that align with its holistic approach to serving children, youth and families, such as the Urban Health Initiative launched by Emory University School of Medicine.