Woodruff Foundation names Joe Arnold as newest board member

Metro Atlanta accounted for more than half of all new HIV diagnoses in Georgia in 2021, according to data released by the Center of Disease Control. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation’s stated purpose is, broadly, to improve the quality of life of Georgians.

The foundation centers its focus on projects related to health, education, environment, human services, arts & culture and community development.

Its five board members and 13 staffers do that by giving away money to non-profits involved in health, education, economic opportunity and community vitality.

Since its founding in 1937 by its namesake, a Coca-Cola executive, The Woodruff Foundation had not had a person of color on its board until now.

Joe Arnold recently spoke to WABE’s “All Things Considered” about being asked to join and why he was interested in helping guide the non-profit.

Arnold said he has long been interested in helping organizations that support educational or faith-based programs, and he has a deep knowledge of the non-profit landscape in Georgia.

Christopher Alston contributed to this report.