Grantee Highlights

SOUTHERN PARTNERS FUND

Democratic Philanthropy in Action

SPF is a public foundation created to serve southern community organizations seeking racial, economic and environmental justice by providing them with financial resources, technical assistance and training, and access to systems of information and power.

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s  Incarcerated Children (FFLIC)

FFLIC is a statewide, membership-based, parent-led organization committed to abolishing the school-to-prison pipeline and reforming the juvenile justice system. Their mission, established by the founding parents and grandparents of these children, is to reinvest resources out of punishment and into schools worthy of their children. FFLIC does this via public policy advocacy and grassroots organizing and by developing parent leaders to serve as agents of change in their communities. FFLIC has three program areas:

  • Training for families, youth, and community members so they have the tools necessary to successfully advocate for all children.
  • Helping parents navigate the education system before children are suspended from school by ensuring due process, along with alternatives to suspensions and expulsions.
  • Aiding families in navigating the juvenile justice system. FFLIC pushes for quality representation and/or alternatives to detention, ensuring children receive rehabilitative treatment and necessary re-entry plans after incarceration.

In addition to policy reform, FFLIC has jumpstarted the shift from punitive to positive learning opportunities in public school officials’ perspectives on school discipline.

Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (P.E.A.C.E.)

P.E.A.C.E. is a congregation-based organization whose purpose is to build justice ministries and train members from diverse congregations (20 and counting) to identify root causes of community problems and take action to resolve them.

  • With 1,200 people at a direct action, P.E.A.C.E. persuaded six out of seven Lakeland City Commissioners to commit to developing 500 affordable housing units by 2023.
  • Convinced four out of five city commissioners in Winter Haven to commit to developing a strategic plan for 150 units.
  • Helped facilitate the Lakeland City Commission’s unanimous vote to allocate $250,000 towards affordable housing incentives.
Georgia Muslim Voter Project (GAMVP) 

GAMVP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan voter education and engagement organization working in Atlanta and rural communities throughout the state of Georgia. GAMVP was founded in late 2015, in response to the growing anti-Muslim rhetoric that was prevalent in mainstream politics and the low rates of civic engagement in the Muslim community. Their mission is to activate Muslim voters in order to elevate their community’s voices. They stand for equal representation and justice in all forms.

Georgia Muslim Voter Project’s mindset for 2019 is to organize, stabilize, and invest in all areas needed to succeed in 2020. For us, this means having our constituents fully engaged and participating in the census, local, and federal elections. We believe that our core practices of voter registration, education and engagement are not in spite of the census work we are doing, but rather an amplification.

-Georgia Muslim Voter Project 

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