Sartain Lanier Family Foundation

OVERVIEW: The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation supports education, health, human services, arts, environment and community development in the Atlanta metro area.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services, arts, environment, community development

IP TAKE: This funder is not particularly open to new grantees. The best new grantseeker opportunities are in local K-12 education.

PROFILE: Established in 1963, the Sartain Lanier Family Foundation is a funder based in Atlanta, Georgia. Lanier was a businessman and the co-founder of Oxford Industries, which was based in Atlanta. He left the bulk of his estate to the foundation after his death in 1994. Today, the foundation carries out the charitable interests of its founder and his family. The foundation primarily focuses on education, but also supports health, human services, arts, environment and community organizations that have connections to the family.

With regard to education, the foundation mostly supports K-12 education in the Atlanta metro area. While it does not form relationships with private schools, it continues to support schools that it has previously funded. This funder prioritizes project support for specific needs regarding a small number of groups rather than operating support for a larger number of applicants. Therefore, it provides funding for specific programs, major capital projects, and capital campaigns more often than anything else.

The Lanier Family Foundation’s grants tend to range from $10,000 to $25,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its tax records. Grantmaking for new support is limited to the Atlanta metro area. A few grants are awarded outside of this area, but these go to organizations that have a long history with the family. A majority of this funder’s grants are multi-year grants.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications and accepts new requests on an invitation-only basis. The board meets in May and December to review new applications from invited applicants. Direct general questions to the foundation’s executive director, Patricia Lummus, at 404-564-1259 or


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