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                     How GSP Defines Progress

GSP’s ultimate goal is to help achieve significant and sustained progress in the economic, social, and political outcomes of those who are least well off economically, politically, and socially in the South. To achieve this goal, GSP puts racial, gender and economic equity and social inclusion at the center of our work and analysis.  This is essential in order to ensure that equitable outcomes for those who need them the most is the measure of success. We say equity-focused structural change work, because in a region that is developing as quickly as the South, there can be a lot of structural change that does not lead to equitable or inclusive outcomes.

As a funder network, GSP’s primary strategy is to promote progress within philanthropy by helping to transform philanthropic giving and practice. GSP’s theory of progress is that as philanthropic giving and practice in the South is transformed to prioritize equity-focused structural change, this will strengthen the organizational infrastructure and power of Southern communities to increase racial, gender and economic equity and social inclusion, which will in turn foster a shift in the relational and cultural imperatives in the South towards racial, gender and economic equity.

Grantmakers for Southern Progress views progress along five dimensions:

1) Transformation and increase of philanthropic giving and practice in the South toward equity;

2) More intentional collaboration and coordination between Southern and National funders, and deeper shared accountability among funders and Southern organizers and movements;

3) Strengthened and expanded capacity of Southern communities to secure racial, gender and economic equity and social inclusion;

4) Increased equitable and just outcomes, particularly for those who experience the harshest and most persistent inequities and deprivations in the South; and

5) A shift in the relational and cultural imperatives in the South towards equity.