The mission of the David Kelby Johnson Memorial Foundation is to preserve the philanthropic interests of its founder, Elizabeth Hope Armstrong Johnson

In the spirit of our founder, our Foundation strives to make a significant difference in the fields of sight preservation and improvement, children’s services, drunk driving prevention and education, historic preservation, elder advocacy and environmental conservation in our regional, national and international communities.


The Foundation awards grants in the following areas:

Outreach for Vision and Eye Care

Children’s Services

Elder Advocacy and Care

Environmental Conservation

Historic Preservation

Drunk Driving Prevention and Education


Grants range from $5000 to a maximum of $100,000.  


What We Don’t Fund

Capital Campaigns/Building Construction

-The David Kelby Johnson Foundation does not fund Capital Campaigns or new Building Construction.  However, the foundation funds projects for the preservation of historic buildings and will fund capital costs associated with exhibits for a program that otherwise meets the foundation's funding guidelines.

Multi-year commitments

Grants to Individuals

Grants to nonqualified agencies

Grants that fall outside of the guidelines set by the Board of Directors

Grants for research

Funding for staff