Grantmaking Process

SOUTHERN PARTNERS FUND

Democratic Philanthropy in Action

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Overview

Our operating and grantmaking decisions are made by folks who have been impacted by injustice rather than by academics and outside experts. We believe we know more about our communities’ needs than they do. We fund rural community organizations and coalitions in 12 southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Group must be self-governed by community leaders from members’ race and class;
  • Group must use grassroots organizing strategies to resolve injustices, aimed at community members becoming decision-makers.