Smith W. Bagley Advocacy Award
Celebrate one organization or network, in memory of our late president.
Advance the desired outcomes of Grant Portfolios I-III.
Annual, closed grant process.
History & Purpose
Each year, we award a special grant to honor our late President and Trustee, Smith W. Bagley, and his vision for a more just and equitable society.
During his more than 30 years as a leader our foundation, Mr. Bagley diligently worked to advance the civil and human rights of Georgia’s disenfranchised populations. Each year, he looked forward to visiting small nonprofit organizations in rural Georgia communities, where they strive to advance social justice and progressive change. He understood the value of meeting people where they live and work, and this practice greatly enriched his grantmaking decisions and those of our Board of Trustees.
Since 2006, our Board of Trustees has selected an outstanding nonprofit organization or network as our annual Smith W. Bagley Advocacy Awardee.
Coal Ash Committee of the Georgia Water Coalition
Georgia Coastal Collaborative
Georgia Water Coalition
Georgia Women’s Action for New Directions (Georgia WAND)
Center for A Sustainable Coast
Georgia Association of Elected Latino Officials (GALEO)
Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
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.
Southern Center for Human Rights
Interfaith Children’s Movement
Glynn Environmental Coalition
Justice Project Education Fund
Georgia Innocence Project
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