Supporting the communities it serves is important to Cox Enterprises, parent
company of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
A big, recent example can be found in downtown Atlanta at the former
headquarters of the AJC. Cox donated the six-acre parcel and its buildings
to the city of Atlanta. The gift is valued at approximately $50 million.
The donation made sense for Cox, which is committed to the growth of the city.
Said Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises, “Through our local media
properties, the history of metro Atlanta and Cox Enterprises are
inextricably linked. For almost 150 years, our companies have covered the
events that helped shape our city, from Reconstruction through the civil
rights era and beyond, and we will continue to do so.”
The site is also near the proposed multimodal transportation terminal. That
makes it a key piece of the city and state’s long-term transportation plan.
That provided another good fit with Cox, which encourages use of alternative
transportation and eco-friendly behavior through its Cox Conserves national
sustainability program. Access to multiple transportation options was, for
example, a key factor in determining the location of the AJC’s new
headquarters, which is adjacent to a MARTA rail station.
The philanthropy of Cox and its family members has long enhanced civic life in
the Atlanta region and beyond. The company’s corporate giving is designed
around three broad focus areas: preserving the environment; empowering
individuals, families and communities; and promoting diversity and inclusion.
The company has long provided significant support for many not-for-profit
organizations of varying sizes. The list includes the Woodruff Arts Center,
the Grady Memorial Hospital campaign, the Beltline Partnership, the Carter
Center, the Center for Working Families and North Fulton Community Charities.
Cox and its executives have also endowed university chairs in various
disciplines. The company and its workers have also been ardent supporters of
United Way and Earth Share of Georgia campaigns.
Members of the Southern Baptist Convention’s disaster relief organization began making plans Tuesday at the group’s North American Mission Board office in Alpharetta to send volunteers and supplies to areas of Oklahoma hit hard by Monday’s devastating tornadoes.