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                         Who We Are

 

Grantmakers for Southern Progress, founded in 2010, is a network of Southern-based and National funders who are committed to fostering thriving communities in the Southern United States, by advancing structural change that result in equitable outcomes.  Grantmakers for Southern Progress Grantmakers for Southern Progress’s overall 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.  We envision a region that is just and caring, where all people truly have the power to live healthy, prosperous and whole lives free of fear and marginalization. Grantmakers For Southern Progress believes as these transformative changes are achieved in the South, it will lay an indelible foundation for the achievement of lasting equity and justice in the country overall, for “As the South goes, so does the Nation”.

 

Grantmakers For Southern Progress’s primary audiences are Southern-based and National funders who are interested in or committed to supporting equity-focused structural change in the South.  These funders fall along a spectrum of interest, knowledge, experience and relationships, and Grantmakers For Southern Progress works to meet our partners where they are and support their progression along the spectrum from interest to investment, grounded in our values around philanthropic giving and practice.  Specifically, Grantmakers For Southern Progress:

  1. Engages Southern-based and National funders on the importance of supporting and achieving equity-focused structural change in the South.

  2. Builds community with Southern-based and National funders who are interested in supporting structural change efforts that seek to increase racial, gender, and economic equity and social inclusion in the South and;

  3. Strengthens and supports the capacity of funders to best engage in conscientious, relational, and strategic grantmaking to achieve racial, gender, and economic equity and social inclusion in the South.