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SOUTHERN PARTNERS FUND
Voter Rights & Engagement
We have the freedom to choose our leaders and engage on the issues that we care about. That means we can build power in our communities and create real change. Our right to vote gives us that power, so long as we protect it from those that wish to silence us. As the largest and most diverse generation in American history, we have the strength to defend our voices and our votes. Will you join us?
Young boy and girl at school lunch table smiling to camera
SOUTHERN PARTNERS FUND
Education Reform
We are fighting to give learners at all levels the opportunity to shape their education. Our goal for education reform is to ensure that we create every opportunity possible to expose learners at all levels, from K through Career, to the best innovations America can provide, a goal we know from our history is boundless.
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SOUTHERN PARTNERS FUND
Immigration Rights
The fundamental constitutional protections of due process and equal protection embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights apply to every person, regardless of immigration status. Join us in supporting the rights of all immigrants by learning how we can help protect them.
Nicolas Vigil March 2021
SOUTHERN PARTNERS FUND
2022 Request For Proposals
As SPF moves out of the Census and Redistricting Organizing that dominated 2019 - 2021 funding, the foundation is back to the original Southern Organizing Strategy adopted by the board in 2013 which allocates 60% of grantmaking for the 2022 Hubert E. Sapp Regular Grant Cycle to organizations whose work is focused in one or all of these areas: Voter Rights & Engagement, Education Reform, and Immigration Rights. Deadline to apply is May 31st at 5pm EDT.

IMPACT

Democratic philanthropy is a critical element in Southern Partners Fund’s vision. We strive to incorporate the voice of our grantees, membership, and other grassroots organizations from throughout the rural South. Promoting self-determination is highly valued in the organization’s decision-making process. We involve those affected by the issues at hand in community based problem-solving.

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Grantee Highlights

Arkansas United

Alabama’s first immigrant organizing and advocacy coalition, AU operates regional Immigrant Resource Centers in Springdale, Fort Smith, and Little Rock. AU is a co-founder of Arkansas Counts, promoting US Census participation. Related to Census advocacy, AU is also the only Spanish education/outreach information source for the redistricting work currently happening in Arkansas.

Emancipate NC

Emancipate NC was founded on the knowledge that mass incarceration and structural racism harm all of us. Prison is state-sponsored violence. We are all complicit in its harms. As an organization, Emancipate NC is dedicated to shifting the narrative on racialized mass incarceration through community education and mobilization.

Kentucky Civic Engagement Table

KCET aims to support and empower the work of lower-capacity frontline organizations across Kentucky. KCET believes that everyone has a fundamental right to participate in the democratic process, and that robust representation is essential for healthy communities. Focus areas include capacity building, voting rights and transformative leadership development.

MAJOR INITIATIVES

Voter Rights & Engagement

Immigration Rights

Education Reform

Other program areas

Environmental Justice

Economic Justice

Disability Rights

Housing Reform

Healthcare Reform

Youth Leadership

Incarceration Reform

Women & Girls’ Leadership

LGBTQ+ Rights