Inspire. Encourage. Empower.
The Griffith Foundation is committed to supporting efficient 501(c)(3) organizations that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the Macon-Bibb community. The Griffith Foundation envisions a vibrant community in Macon-Bibb, one that is poised for growth and offers cultural, educational, and economic opportunities to all its citizens.
Arts & Culture
To inspire, encourage, and empower the citizens of Central Georgia by cultivating education and the arts, creating economic opportunity, and developing compassionate leaders.
We are committed to supporting efficient 501(c)(3) organizations that enhance the quality of life for the citizens in the Macon-Bibb community. Our overall goal is guided by a belief in social justice and thus our funding emphasizes initiatives that work to promote equity and address structural injustices on an individual and community level.
How We Fund
We support initiatives that best exemplify our understanding of social justice based on 3 strategic priorities: capacity building, individual and community empowerment, and creating opportunity.
The Griffith Foundation was founded in 1993 by Benjamin Griffith III. Over the past three decades the foundation has contributed over $50 million to support projects, programs, and community organizations that create economic mobility, provide educational opportunities, and enhance artistic and cultural endeavors.
Benjy is a novelist, landowner, businessman, and philanthropist from Macon, Georgia. He is an alumnus of Mercer University where he received a BA, and Florida State University where he received a Masters of American Studies. For the past 10 years, Benjy has ranked in the Top 100 on the Land Report 100 list. He founded Southern Pine Plantations (SPP) over 30 years ago in Juliette, Georgia, which now owns thousands of timberland acres spread throughout the Southeast and beyond.
In 2003, he collaborated with UGA’s Initiative on Poverty and the Economy to support a comprehensive analysis of persistent poverty in seven rural southern states. This greatly impacted his passion for social justice and inclusive economics in the region.
For nearly thirty years, Benjy and his family have been committed to giving back to the local community by supporting education, initiatives for the arts, and economic mobility and social justice. Benjy has endowed scholarships for Bibb County students with demonstrated financial need at Mercer University.