Charles’ passion for philanthropy and loyalty to Middle Georgia led him to launch the Charles Johnson Foundation (CJF) in 2012. A non-profit organization, CJF is dedicated to fulfilling a two-fold mission:

  • Providing opportunities for under-served youth to reach their full potential through athletic, recreational, and educational programs and initiatives; and
  • Providing support for single African American mothers through proven programs and initiatives.

The foundation is engages in its scholarship programs, charitable donations and partnerships to help it achieve its two-fold mission. The foundation does not accept funding proposals.


  • $80,000 toward four college scholarships to be granted to senior student-athletes from Hawkinsville High School, Bleckley County High School and Wilcox County High School. The Foundation expanded its scholarship program this year from two to four, and opened applications up to Bleckley County and Wilcox County High Schools for the first time.

2015 Highlights:

  • The Charles Johnson Foundation funded its 4th Annual Sports Academy & Community Weekend, which is a two-day event in Hawkinsville, GA for nearly 1,200 kids in 1st-12th grades with free sports clinics in football, tennis, dance, basketball and cheer; and a safe tackling clinic for area youth football coaches.
  • $40,000 toward two college scholarships for one boy and one girl senior student-athlete from Hawkinsville High School planning to enroll in a four-year university in the fall.
  • $10,000 to the Hawkinsville High School Booster Club for a new scoreboard for the school’s football stadium.
  • $10,000 to Warrick Dunn Charities and its programming and services dedicated to improving the quality of life for single parents and their kids.
  • $5,000 to Thomas Davis' Defending Dreams Foundation, which strives to alleviate and/or correct the underlying conditions that affect youth and bring about an environment that promotes the values of leadership.
  • $5,000 to Fernando Velasco’s Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Foundation, which connects youth participants with opportunities that promote academic excellence and character development through athletics.
  • $5,000 to Worldserve International and its mission to increase the capacity to provide clean water.
  • $2,500 toward a holiday meal and shelter supplies for Charlotte Family Housing, which empowers homeless families to achieve long-term self-sufficiency.
  • Earned NFL Youth Football Grant with focus on concussion awareness and heat and hydration safety.


  1. $25,000 Challenge Grant to the Deacons and Stewards Association of Pulaski County, Ga for the renovation of the Lumpkin Street School and the seed funding to convert the historic building into a community center. An influential source of African American history in the area, the Lumpkin Street School is among the few remaining Georgia equalization schools built for African Americans in 1957.
  2. $3,000 to Family Connections to support a series of “Parent Cafes” for single mothers, teens and grandparents, with the goal of improving conditions for children and families in Pulaski County, Ga. The cafes are deigned to empower parents and caregivers by helping them build skills, relationships, knowledge and access to resources that help prevent child abuse and neglect.
  3. $1,200 to support up to 6 African American women to attend the Pulaski Tomorrow (a program of UGA Archway Partnership and Fanning Institute for Leadership) over the next two years. This scholarship is in honor of Jacqueline Kearney, Charles Johnson’s mother.
  4. Additionally, Charles has given grants to:

  5. $10,000 to Dowd YMCA to support sending children to YMCA summer camps.
  6. $3,000 to Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation.p.
  7. $3,000 to Fernando Velasco's Right C.H.O.I.C.E.S. Foundation.
  8. $40,000 for two scholarships for one male and one female Hawkinsville High School students - third cohort of scholarship recipients.


  1. $3,000 to support Hawkinsville High School students for transportation and attendance at the Black College Expo in Atlanta.
  2. $2,500 to Heart of Georgia Community Action Council, Hawkinsville office to support its Emergency Food and Shelter program.
  3. $2,500 to Ways Grove Baptist Church in Wrens, GA, which supports families in crisis with rent, utilities and food assistance.
  4. $40,000 in two scholarships for one male and one female Hawkinsville High student each- second cohort of scholarship recipients.


  1. $41,876 for purchase of new lockers in the Hawkinsville High School field house.
  2. $5,000 for football equipment refurbishing and new equipment for the Hawkinsville High School football program.
  3. $40,000 for two scholarships for one male and one female Hawkinsville High School students - first cohort of scholarship recipients.
  4. Earned NFL Youth Football Fund matching grant of $5,000 towards the Hawkinsville High School football program.

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