Welcome and Mission

The Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation was established in 2007. The purpose of the Foundation lies in the lifelong philosophy of Tom Benson: to make the community in which you live stronger by giving back and making a positive impact. The Foundation, private and self-funded by Mrs. Gayle M. Benson, primarily serves the community through donations, grants and investments that are determined based on specific criteria and requirements directed by the Foundation Board.


Gayle M. Benson

Mrs. Benson Portrait photo shoot.
Jan 11, 2019
Michael C. Hebert

Gayle Benson provides leadership for the New Orleans Saints and New Orleans Pelicans as Owner, succeeding her husband, Tom Benson, who passed away on March 15, 2018, after serving as the Owner of the Saints since 1985 and the Pelicans franchise since 2012. The New Orleans native is an accomplished business professional and philanthropist with strong ties to the local community and who is dedicated to contributing to the growth and enhancement of the Gulf South region.  Continue reading “Gayle M. Benson”

Tom Benson: 1927-2018

Tom Benson

In a career in business and professional sports that spanned over 70 years, Tom Benson was an endearing figure in his hometown of New Orleans as well as throughout the NBA and the NFL. Mr. Benson served as the owner of the New Orleans Pelicans since 2012 and the New Orleans Saints since 1985 until his death on March 15, 2018. He was survived by his wife Gayle.  Continue reading “Tom Benson: 1927-2018”

News in the Community

The Gayle and Tom Benson Community Center at Kingsley House 

The Gayle and Tom Benson Charitable Foundation donated a $1 million gift commitment to Kingsley House.

The extraordinary support will both name the Kingsley House gymnasium as the Gayle and Tom Benson Community Center and provide ongoing programmatic support.  Mrs. Benson joined the Kingsley House on October 25th for a special dedication ceremony, along with Kingsley House friends, supporters and alumni.  Dickie Brennan, a proud KH Alum, spoke about how important Kingsley House and the recreational activities provided in our gym were for him and other members of his family during their formative years.  Continue reading “News in the Community”