The James Graham Brown Foundation was established under a trust agreement in 1943 and formally incorporated in 1954. James Graham Brown was a lumberman, horseman, and entrepreneur. The majority of his wealth was made in the timber industry in several Southern states, including Arkansas, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida, and Alabama. He died in 1969 with no heirs, leaving the bulk of his estate to the foundation. His estate at the time of his death was valued at an estimated $80 million.
The foundation currently is accepting applications for its Quality of Life Core Organization Support program, which is designed to strengthen nonprofit organizations working to address key community needs in the metro Louisville region. Priority will be given to organizations and projects that address a need for action, have multiple sources of support, and have a clear path to sustainability.
In 2018, grants awarded by the foundation ranged from $25,000 to $1 million.
To be eligible, applicants must be a charitable nonprofit organization with tax exemption under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
See the James Graham Brown Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.