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 modest 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 greenspaces, and environmental education.


  • Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
  • Large-scale conservation projects
  • Significant public/private efforts to promote good stewardship of Georgia’s natural resources
  • Support of the Park Pride Legacy Grant program for public parks and greenspaces in Atlanta

What We Do Not Fund

  • Annual operating support outside of the Jones Center
  • Individual neighborhood parks or gardens
  • School-based environmental education programs