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 Georgia Historical Society’s mission have the option of endowing a position, program, or facility. GHS has curated a list of naming opportunities representative of central activities that would benefit by having a perpetual, dedicated source of support. We welcome donors sharing with us their personal interests and where they may wish to see their gift make the greatest future impact.
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.
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
- Dr. William T. Moore, Chairman
- Shan Cooper, Ex Officio
- Dale Critz, Jr.
- Dr. W. Todd Groce, Ex Officio
- John H. Irby
- Robert S. Jepson, Jr.
- Sissy Schram Levy
- John F. McMullan
- Thomas V. Reilly
- Philip Solomons, Jr., Trustee Emeritus
Named Endowment Funds
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.
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 FUND
Dr. William T. “Ted” Moore and his wife Linda recently pledged to permanently endow the Editorship of the Georgia Historical Quarterly through a very generous planned gift. Dr. Moore had a distinguished career in academia, serving as Associate Provost at the University of South Carolina at the time of his retirement. Mrs. Moore is an attorney who served as director of legal affairs at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. This gift represents the Moore’s understanding of the financial need of underwriting one of the premier state historical journals in the United States, and their commitment to scholarly excellence and the dissemination of quality research.