Address: P.O. Box 2364 Wilmington, DE  19899


Phone: 302-888-2211

Fax: 302-888-2231

board of directors

Patrice Gilliam Johnson, PH.D

Alexis Gilliam-Lerner

Leslie B. Gilliam

Cydney T. Teal, M.D.

James Gilliam, Sr.  1920-2015

Louise H. Gilliam    1919-2012

James H. Gilliam, Jr., Esq. 1945-2003


The Gilliam Foundation was founded in 1998 and was the brainchild of James H. Gilliam, Jr., who along with being an attorney, was a successful businessman, civic, social, community leader and philanthropist.  Jim Jr. served as the Chairman of the Foundation until his untimely passing in 2003. From its inception through 2013, The Gilliam Foundation has made grants over $2.8 million.

It's charitable giving is designed to respect the diversity of communities, with particular attention given to the African American Community.  The specific interest of The Gilliam Foundation is in supporting projects that are proactive, preventative and future-thinking in their efforts to create positive outcomes.

The Gilliam Foundation is family managed and although it supports many causes, its efforts have been concentrated in the following areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Social Justice
  • The Arts
  • Employment
  • Housing

The Gilliam Foundation is proud of the impact that it has made in assisting non-profits in the Delaware community, and other national and international communities as they have sought ways to improve the quality of life for their constituencies via funded social programs. The Gilliam Foundation expects continued success and greater impact as a result of intentional focus on our core values and strategy for doing business. 

about the foundation

our mission

The mission of the Gilliam Foundation is to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities through financial support of ongoing programs and innovative projects.