The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation seeks to strengthen health systems in Georgia, with a focus on improving access and quality. Mr. Woodruff helped establish some of Atlanta’s premier health institutions during his lifetime, and the Foundation maintains his commitment to supporting the health of our community.

The Foundation’s investments in health make up a large part of our average grants portfolio (see graph). We typically make grants for capital projects or to build the capacity of Atlanta-based organizations that align with the Foundation’s interests in health.


  • Development of Atlanta as a destination for quality patient care through investments in leading healthcare institutions
  • Cutting-edge academic research at Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center
  • Access to affordable healthcare for underserved populations in Atlanta

What We Do Not Fund

  • Annual operating support
  • Individual medical research projects