About Us

Founded in 2006 by Mark Chandler to honor his parents, Buck and Winnie Chandler, the Five-Thirty Foundation seeks to take the values he learned at home at a young age and carry them forward. That’s because home offers the importance of compassion, the necessity of giving back and the value of connection.

Growing up in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood, he was immersed in a loving, nurturing environment thanks to the affection of his parents and his siblings.

Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Oliver Wendell Holmes

It was a time in his life that provided the foundation for his future endeavors, and it instilled in him a desire to make sure that those who didn’t have that comfort, security or peace ultimatley could have access to it.

The Five-Thirty Foundation is inspired by the experiences of his childhood, and it’s so named for the address of his boyhood home. It’s a way to honor the values his family instilled in him and cherish what home means to him, and how his own experiences helped to shape his vision for service.

Our Board of Directors

Mark B. Chandler, Sr.
President and CEO

Neal J. Quirk, Sr.

Ann J. Chandler
Mark B. Chandler, Jr.
Marjorie L. Chandler

We’ve proudly supported Project Open Hand Woodward Academy Trinity Community Ministries Eagle Ranch Foundation of Wesley Woods, Inc Reinhardt University Love Thy Neighbor Buckhead Christian Ministry Big Brothers / Big Sisters The UGA Foundation Wesleyan College The Lovett School Winship Cancer Institute Faith Works Friends of Fort Frederica St Simons Land Trust Coker University T Gen Foundation New York Studio School Skyland Trail