Inspire. Encourage. Empower.
The Griffith Family Foundation is committed to supporting efficient 501(c)(3) organizations that enhance the quality of life for the citizens in the Central Georgia community. GFF envisions a vibrant community in Central Georgia, one that is poised for growth and offers cultural, educational, and economic opportunities to all its citizens.
Arts & Culture
To inspire, encourage, and empower the citizens of Central Georgia by cultivating education and the arts, creating economic opportunity, and developing compassionate leaders.
We focus on impact giving through the provision of time, knowledge, access, and resources to build communities and enrich lives. Initiatives must be self-sustaining, high yield, and uniquely beneficial to the region.
The Griffith Family Foundation was founded in 1993 by Benjamin “Benjy” Griffith III and Teresa Griffith. For 25 years the foundation has contributed over $50 million to support projects, programs, and community organizations that create economic mobility, provide educational opportunities, and enhance artistic and cultural endeavors.
Benjy is a novelist, conservationist, landowner, businessman, and philanthropist from Macon, Georgia. He is an alumnus of Stratford Academy, Mercer University, and Florida State University. For the past 10 years, Benjy has ranked in the Top 100 on the Land Report 100 list. He founded Southern Pine Plantations (SPP) over 30 years ago in Juliette, Georgia, which now owns thousands of timberland acres spread throughout the Southeast and beyond.
In 2003, he collaborated with UGA’s Initiative on Poverty and the Economy to support a comprehensive analysis of persistent poverty in seven rural southern states. This greatly impacted his passion for social justice and inclusive economics in the region.
For 25 years, he and his family have been committed to giving back to the local community by supporting education, initiatives for the arts, and economic mobility. Benjy has endowed scholarships for gifted Bibb County students with demonstrated financial need at two of his alma maters – Stratford Academy and Mercer University.