The Peyton Anderson Foundation
The Peyton Anderson Foundation was formed to distribute funds from the estate of Peyton Anderson, Jr. It is based on Mr. Anderson’s desire to improve and impact the communities of his own hometown and region. Mr. Anderson stated the people of Macon, Bibb County, and Middle Georgia had been good to him, and he in turn wished to be good to them. Mr. Anderson instructed the Trustees to give to “good doers,” not “do gooders.”
The Peyton Anderson Foundation initiates projects to meet needs in the community, reacts to requests from charitable organizations, and provides college scholarships to promising students with financial need. With each grant that is funded and each project that is completed, the Foundation continues the vision of Peyton Anderson, Jr. to improve lives and enhance the communities of Middle Georgia.
Since its inception in 1989, The Peyton Anderson Foundation has invested more than $86,000,000 in the Middle Georgia community. Through organizations like the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail, Macon State College, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and Goodwill Industries, the Foundation has touched the lives of thousands of Middle Georgians.
Over the last twenty years, The Peyton Anderson Foundation has initiated several projects to meet the needs of the community. The Community Foundation of Central Georgia was one of the first and NewTown Macon has also been one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. They were created to revitalize and restore downtown Macon.
The Foundation also responds to requests for funding from not-for-profit organizations. Priority is given to organizations having a substantial presence in Macon and Bibb County, Georgia. The Foundation’s funds have promoted the arts, supported disaster relief, fed the hungry, and fostered the education and well-being of children.
In recognition of its 20th anniversary, the Foundation launched the Peyton Anderson Scholars program. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $1,500,000 to 120 highly promising Bibb County students with financial need and 16 scholars have already graduated.
How to Receive Support
Qualified organizations and students can request funds from The Peyton Anderson Foundation by completing an online grant application. The Trustees of the Foundation meet twice a year, in June and October, to review requests and grant funding.