About Us

A Better Future Starts With Hope


At Warrick Dunn Charities, we put hope into action.

With community and corporate support, Warrick Dunn Charities has awarded more than $2.5 million in cash, food and other donations to single parent families across the nation to combat poverty, hunger and ensure families have comfortable surroundings and basic necessities to improve their quality of life.


I did not grow up with many material things, but I was surrounded by the love of family, friends and coaches. My single mother worked overtime to put food on the table and a roof over our heads. And when I was only 18, I lost her to a violent crime. Through her life – and death – my Mom taught me how to give of myself to those in need. The work of this foundation is dedicated to her.
Warrick Dunn, Founder

Since 1997, Warrick Dunn Charities, a 501(c)(3) recognized nonprofit, has helped single parents and children thrive academically, socially and economically. Warrick Dunn, former all-pro running back and philanthropist, began Homes for the Holidays during his rookie season in the NFL to honor his late mother. Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge police officer was killed while working an off-duty assignment.

Launched in 2012, Betty's Hope program empowers youth to manage grief in a responsive environment to activate healing. Betty’s Hope offers free grief education, tools and resources to children ages 5-18, caregivers and community members.

Through Warrick Dunn Charities programming, Dunn memorializes his mother while giving hope and healing to communities.



  • 46.2 million people lived in poverty in 2011 (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
  • In 2010, 16.6 million children in the US lived in homes that were food insecure (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)
  • In 2012, 47 million people were reported by the US Census as enrolled in SNAP (Source: USDA)
  • In 2009, 45% of U.S. Households with children under age 17 reported physically inadequate housing, crowding or shelter cost burden (Source: U.S. Census Bureau)



Contact us

610 Peachtree Pl, Suite 610
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Phone: (770) 633-9920 


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