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February 25, 2019                
Rachel Ramsey                                                                                  
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The Zell Miller Foundation announced it has raised $1.2 million in receipts and pledges since receiving its tax-exempt status one year ago. The announcement was made at the Foundation’s 3rdAnnual Legacy Celebration Gala on Saturday, February 23 at The Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta.  

In January 2018, the Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved a three-year, $3 million capacity building campaign to fully fund a three-year strategic plan to bring the Foundation to a long-term sustainable future. The board immediately undertook a goal of raising at least $1 million during a quiet phase of this campaign.

“With the capacity building campaign now in its second year, the Foundation will enter a public phase with the goal of raising the remaining $1.8 million by December 2020,” said Bryan Miller, Executive Chairman of the Foundation.

“In addition to several educational initiatives, our strategic plan includes two priority programs, one being the Zell Miller Leadership Institute, which was established in 2018, and the other a Forum on Leadership,” said Miller.

The Forum on Leadership will be a signature annual event that will allow attendees to hear from some of the nation’s foremost leaders through motivational speeches, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, and book signings.

“The Foundation’s goal is to bring together our friends in academia, business, government, and philanthropy to celebrate what real leadership looks like in our modern-day society,” said Miller. “We will lean on the relationships my grandparents have fostered throughout a lifetime of public service at the highest levels of government, as well as the relationships made through service on several corporate and nonprofit boards.”

The Forum on Leadership will be held on Thursday, September 26 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead.

“My grandfather’s legacy continues, not only through every HOPE Scholarship recipient and every four-year-old in Pre-K, but through every person who benefits from the work of the Zell Miller Foundation,” said Miller.

Please visit www.millerfoundation.com for more information.

About Zell Miller

Zell Miller began his career as a history professor at Young Harris College. He served as Mayor of Young Harris from 1959-1960 and as a Georgia State Senator from 1961-1964. Miller was elected Lieutenant Governor in 1974 and served from 1975-1991. He is currently the longest serving Lieutenant Governor in Georgia history having served 16 years.

Zell Miller served as the 79thGovernor of Georgia from 1991-1999. While a candidate for Governor in 1990, Miller developed a plan to create a statewide lottery exclusively for the purpose of funding education initiatives. As Governor, he created the HOPE Scholarship and Georgia’s Voluntary Prekindergarten program.

Today, the Georgia Lottery Corporation has raised more than $20 billion to fund the HOPE Scholarship and Georgia Pre-K. This money has allowed more than 1.8 million students to go to college in Georgia on HOPE Scholarships, and more than 1.6 million four-year old children to begin their education early.

In 2000, Miller was appointed to the U.S. Senate by Governor Roy Barnes to fill an unexpected vacancy created by the death of Senator Paul Coverdell and was later elected to serve the remaining four years of that term. He chose not to seek reelection and retired from the U.S. Senate in January 2005. 

About the Zell Miller FoundationThe Zell Miller Foundation was established in 2016 with the mission to preserve Governor Miller’s legacy through programs that promote education, leadership, and service. The Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit designated by the Internal Revenue Service.

Members of the Board of Trustees include Bryan Miller, Executive Chairman, Chris Cummiskey, Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Nuclear Development for Georgia Power, Donald M. Leebern, Jr., Chairman of Georgia Crown Distributing Company, Shirley Miller, former First Lady of Georgia, and William R. Phinney, retired Executive Vice President of Equifax.