The centerpiece of the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation’s environmental grantmaking is the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center. The Jones Center is a legacy of Mr. Woodruff’s lifelong love for the outdoors. It focuses on the science of natural resource management through programs in conservation, research and education.

The Foundation’s investments in the environment make up a significant part of our average grants portfolio (see graph). The Foundation provides annual support to the Jones Center and makes other grants for natural areas preservation, Atlanta parks and green spaces, and environmental education.


  • Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
  • Large-scale conservation projects
  • Significant public/private efforts to promote good stewardship of natural resources

What We Fund

  • Preservation of natural areas
  • Public parks and greenspaces in Atlanta
  • Environmental education

What We Do Not Fund

  • Annual operating support
  • Neighborhood parks or gardens