About the Foundation

Our History


The Ray C. Anderson Foundation was created in honor of the late Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), founder of Interface, Inc. During his time at Interface, Ray championed the notion of businesses doing well by doing good. It’s these noble qualities of advancing knowledge and innovation around environmental stewardship and sustainability that recognized Ray as a pioneer in industrial ecology.

The purpose of the Foundation is to perpetuate these shared values and continue the legacy that Ray left behind. Through research and funding, the Foundation aims to help create a better world for future generations—tomorrow’s child. Join us as the story of the Foundation continues to unfold.

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We are a powerful voice in helping champion a better world for tomorrow’s child. As a result of our commitment, focus and influence, future generations will inherit a world where healthy and functioning natural systems support all life.




The Ray C. Anderson Foundation seeks to promote a sustainable society by supporting and pioneering initiatives that harmonize society, business and the environment for the present generation and tomorrow’s child.

We will achieve this mission through inspiring and funding innovative, educational and project-based initiatives. 


Our Goals

  1. Funding innovative ideas and projects that promote visionary change in society.
  2. Educating the public and business leaders alike in meaningful ways that propel revolutionary, sustainable change.
  3. Inspiring a new generation of leaders and consumers to be good stewards of the planet's resources, igniting action that radically impacts the way we live, work and play.
  4. Connecting thinkers, builders, innovators and idealists to a shared, ethical responsibility to the environment.


The Ray C. Anderson Foundation accepts grant applications by invitation only, with funding preference in the Southeast, particularly in Georgia.


About the Foundation

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to create a brighter, sustainable world through the funding of innovative, educational, and project-based initiatives.


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