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                  Learning Tours 

An on-the-ground learning tool offering philanthropic leaders the opportunity to facilitate relationship building and engagement among Southern-based organizations and regional/national funders. In the short-term this will lead to deeper learning opportunities for the regional philanthropic sector around pressing issues and increase partnership and funding opportunities with practitioners. Long-term this strategy will lead to an increase in overall investment in structural change work, catalyze long-term regional partnerships and help increase effective, equitable and aligned investment by regional and national foundations.

At GSP's April 2017 convening in Charleston, SC, attendees participated in the following learning tours: 

Lowcountry SC - History, Culture and a Sustainable Future 
Take a trip to the past in order to understand current conditions and to envision what’s possible for the future. We continue to grow efforts that, not only preserve and protect natural resources, but also embrace people and their culture as vehicles for sustainable development. Convening participants will travel to St. Helena Island and the Penn Center in Beaufort South Carolina to learn about Gullah Geechy culture, cooperative farming, and Heirs Property land preservation. Guest speakers include the Center for Heirs Property Preservation, Dorothy & Gaylord Donnelly Foundation, the Rural Resource Coalition and the Gullah Farmers Cooperative. 

North Charleston Neighborhood Tour - People, Development, and Institutional Accountability
This tour will explore the issues of power, race, gender, and inclusion in the context of community development. North Charleston is the community thousands of low-to-moderate-income people call home. Residents have been actively organizing for over 20 years to improve living conditions, including access to safe affordable housing, ending environmental pollution, and, most recently, increasing police accountability after the murder of Walter Scott. Tour participants will hear from local organizers and CED practitioners about the history of resistance in North Charleston but also efforts to build new vehicles for economic and social justice. Guest speakers include: Metanoia CDC, Black Lives Matter Charleston, SC Community Loan Fund, Black Girls Rock Charleston and Coastal Community Foundation of Charleston.