What We Fund

Each year, The Sapelo Foundation awards a special grant in honor of its past President and Trustee, Smith W. Bagley and his vision for a more just and equitable society.

During his more than 30 years as a Trustee of the Foundation, Mr. Bagley diligently worked to advance the civil and human rights of Georgia’s disenfranchised population. Each year he looked forward to visiting small nonprofit organizations in rural Georgia communities where they strive to bring social justice and progressive change. He understood the value of meeting people where they live and work and this greatly enriched his grantmaking decisions and those of the Board of Trustees while serving the Foundation.

Each year a committee of the Board of Trustees selects a nonprofit recipient.

Past recipients:

2016:

Center for A Sustainable Coast

2015:

Georgia Association of Elected Latino Officials (GALEO)

2014:

Georgia Budget and Policy Institute

2013:

ProGeorgia

2012:

The Honorable John Lewis received the Smith Bagley Advocacy Award.  A grant was awarded to the Atlanta Historical Society to support the creation of a film documenting his life and contributions to our society.

2011:

Southern Center for Human Rights

2010:

Interfaith Children’s Movement

2009:

Glynn Environmental Coalition

2008:

Justice Project Education Fund

2007:

Georgia Innocence Project

2006:

The Foundation’s three nonprofit partners in its JUSTGeorgia Project: Georgia Appleseed, Barton Clinic for Child Law and Policy, and Voices for Georgia’s Children