Sartain LanierSartain Lanier FamilyDistinguished Business and Community Leader

Sartain Lanier was a distinguished business leader who also made significant contributions to many organizations in his community, particularly in the area of education. He was co-founder of Atlanta-based apparel manufacturer Oxford Industries, as well as Lanier Business Products (now known as Lanier Worldwide). Since 1963 The Sartain Lanier Family Foundation has carried out the charitable interests of Sartain Lanier and his family.

Grants Target Education

In May 2011, after careful deliberation, the Board of Trustees approved a strategic plan which will guide the Foundation’s grantmaking from 2011-2013:

  • Grant applications will be accepted through an invitation only process.
  • The Foundation will focus the majority of new grantmaking on Education, which has traditionally been primary to the Foundation’s mission. In the areas of Health and Human Services, Arts, Environment and Community Development, special consideration will continue to be given to institutions that were supported by Mr. Lanier during his lifetime and that his family has supported since his death.
  • New grants will be limited to organizations in the metro Atlanta area. There will be a few grants each year to organizations outside Atlanta, but those will be based on commitments to organizations with which the Foundation has had a lengthy history.


Go to “Funding Priorities” for more information about the new grantmaking policies.