Background & Philosophy


The Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation, a family foundation, was established by Mrs. Timmons in 1967, to enable her children and grandchildren to carry on an already existing program of assistance in the areas of education, health, medical research, the arts, and programs with emphasis to benefit minority groups, social services, and ecology. Consideration is also given to experimental ventures in these designated areas. Smaller tax-exempt organizations, which have limited financial assistance, are favored for grants.

The Foundation cannot consider requests from individuals or associations based in foreign countries, and does not normally support operating expenses, salaries, payroll, endowments, major building projects, or major acquisitions. The Foundation does not make permanent commitments of support.

Grants generally range from one to five thousand dollars.