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1861-1968

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  • 1912

    The sons of the late Dr. and Mrs. Montfort Jones of Kosciusko, Mississippi, establish the first grantmaking foundation in the South by Southerners, to honor their mother, Sallie Thomas Feild. Still in operation, the Feild Co-Operative Association, originally established in Tennessee, is now based in Jackson, Mississippi.

  • 1919

    The Winston-Salem Foundation, the first community foundation in the Southeast (and still in operation), launches with a $1,000 endowment gift from “Colonel” Francis Fries, a banker and railroader, whose wealth was derived primarily from the textile mill that he built on the banks of the New River in Grayson County, Virginia.

  • 1924

    Industrialist and philanthropist James B. Duke establishes The Duke Endowment.

  • 1937

    Robert W. Woodruff, the chief executive of The Coca-Cola Company, insistent that his generosity remain anonymous, establishes the Trebor (“Robert” spelled backward) Foundation. Only after his death did this multi-billion dollar institution become the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation.

  • 1942

    Wealth from the textile industry contributes to growing philanthropy in South Carolina. The Self Foundation (later the Self Family Foundation) and the Springs Close Foundation, both established in 1942, are examples.

    First floor, Picker - Bamberg Cotton Mill, Bamberg, SC
  • 1943

    The Spartanburg County Foundation, the first community foundation in South Carolina, is established in 1943 by Walter Scott Montgomery and seven key business leaders who saw community philanthropy as a way to address issues in the area.

  • 1950

    Knight Foundation formed by John S. and James L. Knight, brothers whose wealth came from newspaper publishing.

  • 1951

    Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta founded.

  • 1953

    Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation established in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • 1958

    Foundation for the Carolinas (FFTC) established in Charlotte, NC.