About

Executive Director

Christine Reeves Strigaro is the Executive Director of The Sapelo Foundation, a private family foundation in Savannah, GA with a mission to: “promote progressive social change affecting vulnerable populations, rural communities, and the natural environment in the state of Georgia.” By aligning all philanthropic assets, tools, partnerships, and creativity, The Sapelo Foundation catalyzes solutions for systemic problems and lifts up Georgia as a destination for solutions.

Christine is dedicated to the strength and vibrancy of marginalized communities and the protection of their environments. With equal conviction, she believes philanthropy is a team sport for championing grantee partners and ensuring that communities are participants, not just recipients.

Active in national and Georgia communities, Christine serves on the board of Funders Committee for Civic Participation and on the public policy committee of Georgia Grantmakers Alliance. Previously, she served as Director of Foundation Programs at Alliance for Justice and Senior Field Associate at National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She also served on the boards of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and Alliance for Nonprofit Management. Christine graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She earned her master’s degree from Duke University’s Terry Sanford School of Public Policy in Durham, NC.

Operations & Administrative Associate

Anitra Deen is the Operations and Administrative Associate of The Sapelo Foundation.

With enthusiasm, Anitra joins the organization with administrative experience in academia, nonprofits, scholarship/tutoring programs, and customer service. Anitra utilizes her passion for leveraging administrative and operational systems to equip organizations for sustainable and strategic growth. As an advocate for life-long learning, she is dedicated to helping organizations measure their impact by aligning assessment and evaluative measures to strategic goals and plans.

She earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Mercer University in Macon, GA. She earned her Master’s Degree in Education and College Student Personnel Administration/Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Foundation History

The Sapelo Foundation grew out of Richard J. Reynolds, Jr.’s interest in Sapelo Island, one of the many barrier islands along the Georgia coast. This coastal region, rich in culture, history and natural resources, captured the interest and imagination of the young tobacco heir upon his first visit in the early 1930’s. Over his lifetime, Mr. Reynolds developed a deep appreciation for the beauty, history and culture of Sapelo Island. He was especially intrigued by the vast salt marsh ecosystem separating Sapelo from the mainland. In 1953, he created the Sapelo Island Marine Institute as a research affiliate of the University of Georgia. The Sapelo Foundation served as the vehicle for the development and operation of the institute until 1976 when the University of Georgia took charge and the foundation turned towards funding charitable activities.

Trustees

  • Irene Reynolds Schier – President
  • Nicole Bagley – Vice President
  • Philip N. Carey – Treasurer
  • The Honorable Senator Nan Grogan Orrock – Secretary
  • William K. Broker
  • Henry H. Carey
  • Michael Grant
  • Bettieanne Hart
  • Laura Mountcastle
  • Seandra Pope
  • Midge Sweet

 

Counsel

  • Benjamin T. White Alston & Bird, L.L.P., Counsel

 

The Reynolds family members continue to play an active role in the foundation.