Pediatric Foundation of Georgia

As the child is, so the World of tomorrow shall be.®

About the Foundation

Established in 1998 as the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the Georgia Chapter, the Pediatric Foundation of Georgia exists to promote the health and well-being of Georgia children via philanthropic support of worthy non-profit organizations doing great work for children and adolescent in our state. The foundation’s other mission is to support pediatrics as a medical specialty by encouraging medical students and residents in their study and training for pediatrics. As a nonprofit, tax exempt organization, donations to the Foundation are fully deductible as allowed by law.

Endowment Campaign 2021-2024!

Raising a better future for Georgia’s children

Our Fund-Raising Goal…

This fall we are launching the foundation Endowment Campaign 2021-2024. Our goal is to raise $500,000 to endow the foundation so that its charitable work can continue for decades to come. The campaign will conclude in the spring of 2024 when we will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Georgia Chapter!

The Chapter’s Made the First Pledge…

To demonstrate our commitment to our fund drive, the Georgia Chapter has pledged $250,000 towards the goal, leaving the balance of $250,000 to be raised from Chapter members and our friends. That’s where you come in!

Premium Giving Levels

Please consider a gift in support of the Foundation Endowment Campaign and help the foundation reach this important milestone. You may make a one-time gift or make a recurring gift easily by using the form below. To make a customized pledge of $5,000 or more, please reach out to the Chapter office at 404-881-5091 or And Thank You! With your help, we’re raising a better future for Georgia’s children.

  • Endowment Founder  $15,000
  • Platinum                        $10,000
  • Gold                                $5,000
  • Silver                               $2,500
  • Bronze                            $700

You may also indicate if donations are made in memory or honor of someone.
Donations of any amount are welcome.

Recent Foundation Grant Recipients…

Over the past two decades the foundation has made grant awards to so many wonderful non-profits who support Georgia’s children. Many of you we’re sure will know these organizations and can attest to the great work they do for kids in our state.  And to fulfill the Foundation’s second mission, we make regular grants to support the pediatric interest groups and clubs at all the state’s medical schools. (Average Foundation grant amounts typically range between $1,000- $4,000.) We want our fair share of the “best and brightest” to enter pediatrics and carry on the mission and professional enrichment that pediatrics has given all of us who chose it.       

Recent Foundation Grants Include the Following

  • Extra Special People, Inc.
  • DeKalb Library Foundation
  • Camp Trach Me Away
  • The Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc.
  • Reach Out & Read
  • Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
  • Camp Kudzu
  • Pediatric Interest Groups at the state’s medical schools
  • And many more

Foundation Board of Directors

Hugo Scornik, MD
President, Conyers

Ben Spitalnick, MD

Evelyn Johnson, MD

Robert Wiskind, MD

Jan Fitzgerald-Soapes, MD

Ken Dooley, MD

Sara H. Goza, MD

Kathryn Cheek, MD

Avril Beckford, MD

Davidson Freeman, MD

Joyce Neal, MD

Charles Linder, MD

Foundation Grants

The Foundation makes grants to non-profit organizations and institutions in support of these goals. Click Here for a copy of the application. Grant requests are considered in the summer and late fall. Applications must be received by May 15 or September 1 for consideration at the next meeting of the Foundation board. Please note, direct involvement with a Georgia AAP member is required for consideration.

Foundation Golf Classic

The Foundation’s primary fund raiser is held annually at one of Georgia’s premier golf courses.  The 2022 Jim Soapes Charity Golf Tournament for the Pediatric Foundation of Georgia took place on April 27 at the Cherokee Run Golf Club. Details about the 2023 Tournament will be announced soon.


Angela Highbaugh-Battle, MD
Chapter President, St. Marys

Benjamin Toole, MD
Chapter Treasurer, Albany


Richard Ward, CAE
Executive Director