Endowment Campaign

Take your place in Georgia history

Nearly half a century ago, the Georgia Historical Society created an Endowment Fund to ensure the future of one of the oldest historical societies in the nation.

Governed by an independent Board of Trustees, the purpose of the GHS Endowment is twofold: provide perpetual care for, and access to, the oldest archival collection of Georgia history in the nation and ensure the delivery of rich and varied educational programs that teach history to hundreds of thousands of students each year.

The Georgia Historical Society Endowment Fund extends to donors a unique opportunity to provide perpetual support in fulfillment of GHS’s educational mission to collect, examine, and teach Georgia history.  If you are interested in making a gift to the GHS Endowment, we encourage you to speak to your financial and legal advisors to determine the best option for you and your family.  There are many ways to support the GHS Endowment, including gifts of cash, bequests, and other types of planned gifts.

By supporting the Society’s Endowment Fund, you are leaving an enduring legacy that will benefit the people of Georgia for generations to come.

Professional Position, Program, or Facility Endowments

Donors who wish to directly support a certain facet of the Society’s mission have the option of endowing a position, program, or facility at GHS.  Examples of this include endowing the Research Center, the Historical Marker Program, or the Education Coordinator position, among others.  Such restricted endowment gifts enable these important aspects of the institution to continue in perpetuity.

Named Funds

For a minimum gift of $25,000, donors may honor or memorialize an individual, family, or entity by creating a named fund. Gifts of $25,000 and above are recognized with engraved bronze plaques above the entrance to historic Hodgson Hall, the home of the GHS Research Center. Cast bronze plaques recognizing gifts of $100,000 or larger are displayed prominently on the pilasters on the Research Center Reading Room mezzanine level.

Legacy Society

GHS invites a select number of prominent Georgia families who have shaped our state’s history to join the Legacy Society by donating their personal and/or family collections of papers, photographs, portraits, and museum-quality materials to be cataloged and archived at the Society’s Research Center.

Future generations will be able to access these collections in perpetuity, sustaining each family’s unique story and its impact on the state of Georgia and its place in our nation’s history.

An endowment gift to accompany these family collections ensures the proper preservation and cataloging by the Society’s professional archivists, who will also provide students, teachers, scholars, and the public with access to this important part of our state’s history.

Members of the Legacy Society will be recognized with cast bronze plaques displayed prominently on the pilasters in the historic GHS Reading Room, as well as in the Society’s publications and on its web site.


Endowment Trust Board

  • John F. McMullan, Chairman
  • Dolly Chisholm
  • Dale Critz, Sr.
  • Vincent J. Dooley, Ex officio
  • W. Todd Groce, Ex officio
  • Robert S. Jepson, Jr.
  • Sissy Schram Levy
  • Thomas V. Reilly
  • Phillip Solomons, Jr.

For more information regarding the GHS Endowment, please
contact Caroline Stevens Rhodes at 912.651.2125, ext. 116 or by email.   


Named Endowment Funds

$2,000,000 +

Georgia Historical Society Endowment Fund

Established in 1973, the Fund was established to provide for the perpetual care and maintenance of the Society’s collection and facilities as well as to ensure sustained funding for the delivery of educational outreach programming and research services.

$1,000,000 +

General John Floyd Fund

The fund was established in 1997 by a bequest from Mary Faith Wilson in honor of her ancestor, General John Floyd of Camden County, Georgia.  General Floyd was a renowned military leader of Georgia troops in the War of 1812.

Watson-Brown Foundation Fund

The fund was established in 2001 by the Watson-Brown Foundation.  The Watson-Brown Foundation was established in 1970 by Walter J. Brown in memory of two of Georgia’s most prominent political leaders of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Thomas E. Watson and J.J. Brown.  The foundation provides scholarships to college students, supports southern colleges and universities, and encourages scholarship on the South.

$700,000+

Lougenia and William Gabard Fund

$400,000+

Alan S. Gaynor Fund

Remer Y. Lane Memorial Fund

Mary Lane Morrison Fund

Vinson-Mitchell Fund

$250,000+

Alice A. and Robert S. Jepson, Jr. Fund

Robert V. Martin, Jr. Fund

Marilyn Memory McMullan Fund

$150,000+

Ray C. Anderson Collection Fund

Barbara and Jack Cay Fund

Marguerite Neel Williams Fund

$100,000+

May P. Abreu and Francis L. Abreu Fund

Robert Houston Deméré Fund

Lilla M. Hawes Fund

A. W. Jones, Jr. Fund

Raymond and Karen Masciarella Fund

Florence Powell Minis Fund

Ben J. Tarbutton Fund

$50,000+

Craig Barrow Fund

Courtney Knight Gaines Fund

Don and Kaye Kole Fund

Julian B. Space Fund

Albert H. Stoddard Fund

Don and Cindy Waters Fund

$25,000+

Anonymous

Laurie Kimball Abbott Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Leopold Adler II Fund

Malcolm Bell, Jr. Fund

Frank A. Chisholm Fund

Thomas A. and Dorothy B. Davis Fund

Barbara and Vincent Dooley Fund

Martha and George N. Fawcett Fund

Margaret Powell and Langdon Strong Flowers Fund

W. Todd Groce Fund

Nancy and Lawrence Gutstein Fund

Thomas and Uriah Bullock Harrold Fund

Walter Charlton Hartridge Fund

B.H. Levy Fund

Raymond M. Masciarella II, Esquire and Family Fund

Frances D. and Richard Meyer III Fund

John and Grace Neises Fund

Barry and Grace Greer Phillips Fund

Thomas V. and Susan G. Reilly Fund

Dr. Henry Cliff Sauls Fund

Savannah Morning News Fund

Solomons Family Fund

Frances Wood Wilson Foundation Fund


Pledged Named Funds

Mr. and Mrs. Neil Hightower Fund

 

Bequest

The Dr. Elaine B. Andrew Distinguished Historian

In 2014 Dr. Victor L. Andrews established the Society’s first endowed position, the Dr. Elaine Bernasek Andrews Distinguished Historian, through a $1 million planned gift from the Victor L. Andrews Charitable Remainder Unitrust. Named in memory of Victor’s late wife, the Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Distinguished Historian ensures the future of high quality, scholarly based educational programming at GHS for generations to come.

Dr. and Mrs. William T. Moore

Mr. Frank O. Walsh III