Tull Charitable Foundation
The Tull Charitable Foundation provides grant support for long-term growth and development to nonprofit organizations located in Georgia. The foundation recognizes that strong and vibrant nonprofit organizations are an essential component of any healthy community and better enable communities to provide for their residents' health, well-being, and quality of life.
The Tull Foundation was formed with assets provided by Joseph McKeehan Tull. Born in 1878 in Atlanta in 1907. By 1914 he had opened his own business, the Southern Rubber and Supply Company, which was the precursor to the J. M. Tull Metal and Supply Company. Over the years the company expanded and became a leader throughout the Southeast.
Tull was a salesman of great skill and persuasion, as well as a man of great personal charm. He was well known for both his generosity and his level-headed business philosophy. Many southern companies struggling to survive the depression years owed their continued existence to Tull. Understanding that a failed business is a lost customer, Tull often extended unusual credit in hardship cases during this time.
Tull was also a civic leader and a strong supporter of Christian education. In 1952 he established the J. M. Tull Foundation as the charitable, giving arm of the Tull Metal Company. He and the company held firm beliefs that each citizen should feel a duty to financially support charitable and civic endeavors. Tull died in 1962, leaving his personal assets to the foundation.
When the Tull Metal Company was sold in 1985, the relationship between the company and the foundation
Between 2000 and 2004 the Tull Charitable Foundation awarded a total of $18.5 million in grant funds to more than 200 organizations. For the most part, the foundation assists nonprofit organizations that address the following needs: education; youth development; and health and human services. To a lesser extent, the foundation also supports organizations that address environmental, cultural, and civic improvement needs.
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