Musgrove Award


Provide an inspiring and intimate space for retreats or gatherings on St. Simons Island.


Advance the desired outcomes of Grant Portfolios I-III.


Annual, open grant process. Currently, this award is on pause.

Eligibility & Deadline 

Due to COVID-19 and other considerations, this award is on pause as we reimagine the
next chapter for Musgrove. We will share more details soon.


History & Purpose

Musgrove is nestled along the banks of historic Village Creek on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Overlooking a picturesque and state-protected salt marsh, this 600-acre estate is the part-time home of the descendants of Smith W. Bagley. When it is not utilized for family gatherings, it serves as a creative retreat for collaborative policymakers, influential thinkers, prolific writers, and progressive advocates, who hail from Georgia and around the world.

U.S. President Jimmy Carter convened his first pre-inaugural Cabinet meeting in the seclusion of Musgrove. Community organizers, environmental activists, journalists, kings, senators, ambassadors, and secretaries of state have all come to Musgrove. For generations, they have debated, reflected, rested, planned, renewed their spirits, and enjoyed each other’s company. From campaign finance reform, to poultry workers’ organizing efforts, to international relations, to the launch of new electoral reform and youth organizations, Musgrove has served as the setting for just systemic change and for relationship building. Conversations, laughter, and meals can be shared indoors, as well as around the fire pit, pool, hedge maze, tennis courts, hammocks, picnic tables, and trails.

Musgrove had its beginnings in 1938, when Nancy and Henry Bagley purchased the original tract of land along the banks of Village Creek. Committed to preserving the natural integrity of the estate, the Bagleys built a compound of cottages. Six separate houses accommodate family and guests at Musgrove. The largest building on the grounds, the Grove House, is a spacious, two storied recreation room. It serves as an ideal place for meetings, seminars, and gatherings. Musgrove is also available for private events such as weddings, meeting, retreats, and family reunions.

Past Awardees

Georgia Grantmakers Alliance – The Georgia Coast: An Interdependence of People, Place and Policy – Place-based Philanthropy Tour

State of Georgia’s House and Senate Natural Resources Committees: Special Event in partnership with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR): Immigrant Solutions Retreat

Impact Experience: Mission Investing in Rural Georgia Retreat

Georgia’s 2020 Census Game Plan Retreat

Georgia Water Coalition Strategic Visioning and Planning Retreat – Members of the Georgia Water Coalition Leadership Team gather to create a long-term vision for the Georgia Water Coalition, reaffirm its mission and goals and discuss new strategies to achieve them.

New Americans Initiative Retreat – a convening to envision, examine and strategize ways to increase civic engagement and issue advocacy among Georgia’s new Americans – Latino and Asian citizens new to our state.

ProGeorgia Retreat – convening of Georgia nonprofit leaders for organizational planning purposes.

Building a Progressive Policy Strategy in Georgia – convening of nonprofit leaders and others to learn about models in other states and resources available to facilitate progressive social change.

GALEO Latino Community Development Fund – “Latino Conference at Musgrove 2009” convening state leaders to discuss immigration policy and other issues affecting the Latino community in Georgia.

Georgia Conservancy – “Global Warming in Georgia” convening members of the Georgia Air Coalition and other experts to discuss global warming and its potential effects in Georgia.

Center for Policy Alternatives – “Workforce Supports Leadership” convening Georgia legislators to discuss issues pertaining to workers’ rights and systemic problems associated with the treatment of workers in Georgia.

Georgia Wildlife Federation – “The Future of Georgia’s Water Resources, A Visionary Approach to Water Management for the Next 100 Years” reviewing the Georgia Water Coalition’s past year and discussing future strategies to ensure water resource protection and management.

Southern Regional Council – “Forging New Coalitions in the 21st Century” bringing African-American and Latino/a leaders in Georgia together into partnership around common issues and concerns.

Forest Trust – “Treating Public Forests To Reduce Fire Risk” convening national experts to facilitate the development of a scientifically sound, balanced approach to reducing the risk of wildfire on public land.

Southern Rural Development Initiative – “Jump-starting Community Based Development in Rural Georgia” convening leaders from the political, philanthropic, grassroots, community development, and civil rights sectors of Georgia to create a multi-year effort to increase public and private resources available for community-based development in rural Georgia.