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Turner Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2017-01-11

At A Glance

Turner Foundation, Inc.

133 Luckie St. N.W., 2nd Fl.

Atlanta, GA United States 30303-2038


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Business; Entertainment
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-12-31)

Assets: $4,980,219

Total giving: $10,072,585






Established in 1990 in GA - Founded by R.E. "Ted" Turner III, the businessman and activist who founded cable television network CNN in 1980, which became the first dedicated 24-hour cable news channel. Turner also founded the cable channels TNT (in 1998), and Turner Classic Movies (in 1994). In 1986 he established Turner Entertainment Co. to oversee film properties that he owned, and also started Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS) which is the company managing the collection of cable networks and properties he started in the mid-1970's. In addition, Mr. Turner is the founder of The Goodwill Games, and in 1991 he was named Time Magazine's Man of the Year. In 1998 he made headlines by announcing a $1 billion donation to the United Nations. Ted Turner has committed to The Giving Pledge, and has pledged to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropy

Purpose and Activities

The foundation is committed to preventing damage to the natural systems - water, air, and land - on which all life depends.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Creating Solutions for Sustainable Living

The goal of this program is to modify patterns of consumption and to halt further degradation of our natural resources by addressing the environmental impacts of our personal, institutional and community choices. This initiative will help foster sustainable policies and practices. Issues may include clean energy, transportation and fuel alternatives, recycling, forest certification efforts, water consumption and conservation, groundwater depletion and human population.

Growing the Movement

The goal of this program is to engage, organize and empower new constituencies in order to ensure the future protection of our environment. This initiative helps stimulate progress in all areas of funding - Safeguarding Habitat; Creating Solutions for Sustainable Living; and Healthy Planet, Healthy Communities.

Healthy Planet, Healthy Communities

The goal of this program is to restore or mitigate the effects of non-sustainable practices in order to enrich our quality of life and the health of our future communities and planet. Issues may include clean air; clean water; greenspace for community benefit; and environmental health and justice.

Safeguarding Habitat

The goal of this program is to protect terrestrial and marine habitats and wildlife critical for the preservation of biodiversity. Focus is placed on protecting functioning ecosystems, including core, intact habitats, buffer zones and wildlife corridors.

Fields of Interest

  • Biodiversity
  • Domesticated animals
  • Energy efficiency
  • Geography
  • Groundwater
  • Natural resources
  • Oceans and coastal waters
  • Population studies
  • Wildlife biodiversity
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Female children and youth
  • Female young adults
  • Females
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Male young adults
  • People of Latin American descent
  • Students
  • Young adults

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-12-31

Assets: $4,980,219 (market value)

Gifts received: $12,543,500

Expenditures: $11,958,863

Total giving: $10,072,585

Qualifying distributions: $12,431,769