How will the money be moved?

We will coordinate two rounds of rapid response funds to be distributed to community groups and organizations during this time of COVID19 pandemic, heightened white supremist violence and racial justice uprisings to support movement building efforts in 3 major areas listed below. We will also support long-term southern community resilience planning, development, and implementation beginning in 2021.

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Southern Power Fund

Our immediate goal is the strategic and effective distribution of funds money to frontline organizations leading transformational efforts throughout the region. Four Southern anchor organizations (listed below) will collectively raise funds toward a $10 million Rapid Response Fund, and will strategically distribute $8 million to BIPOC-led organizing efforts in a time of crisis through two rounds of funding in the fall of 2020. We will provide an accessible process for Southern organizations and community groups to access general operating funds with no strings attached and minimal hassle.

The 21st century South has survived the rise of the white right and the regressive policies that came with it, the intensifying in strength and frequency of man-made climate disasters, and the impact of a disinvestment in healthcare infrastructure during the age of COVID-19. We know that Black, immigrant, and rural communities in the South are experiencing a disproportionate impact during these times. Meanwhile, Black Southern leaders are now coordinating a historic uprising against police brutality and in defense of Black lives, and in the process are building a new South worthy of our people.

Addressing long standing disinvestment in the South
In order to address the systemic challenges related to the lack of philanthropic investment in the South, the remaining $2 million of the dollars raised will seed a fund to support long-term southern community resilience planning, development, and implementation beginning in 2021. The long-term impact of this effort will be resources to seed solutions, preparedness and resilience for the socio-economic, cultural, and climate crises already slated to come.

The four anchor organizations of the Southern Power Fund include Southerners On New Ground, The Highlander Research and Education Center, Project South and Alternate Roots. Thes long standing organizations know first hand how Southern based movement infrastructure continues to be under-resourced and undervalued by philanthropic investments in the region. As such, the structure of the Southern Power Fund creates an opportunity for these anchor organizations and their partners to move money to groups and formations that traditional funders are either unable or unwilling to support.

Building on long standing relationships with philanthropic allies

The 21st century South has survived the rise of the white right and the regressive policies that came with it, the intensifying in strength and frequency of man-made climate disasters, and the impact of a disinvestment in healthcare infrastructure during the age of COVID-19. We know that  Black, immigrant, and rural communities in the South are experiencing a disproportionate impact during these times.  Meanwhile, Black Southern leaders are now coordinating a historic uprising against police brutality and in defense of Black lives, and in the process are building a new South worthy of our people.

 

Addressing long standing disinvestment in the South

In order to address the systemic challenges related to the lack of philanthropic investment in the South, the remaining $2 million of the dollars raised will seed a fund to support long-term southern community resilience planning, development, and implementation beginning in 2021. The long-term impact of this effort will be resources to seed solutions,  preparedness and resilience for the socio-economic, cultural, and climate crises already slated to come. 

 

The four anchor organizations of the Southern Power Fund include Southerners On New Ground, The Highlander Research and Education Center, Project South and Alternate Roots. Thes long standing organizations know first hand how Southern based movement infrastructure continues to be under-resourced and undervalued by philanthropic investments in the region. As such, the structure of the Southern Power Fund creates an opportunity for these anchor organizations and their partners to move money to groups and formations that traditional funders are either unable or unwilling to support. 

 

Building on long standing relationships with philanthropic allies

Southern leaders and their organizations have built a regional tapestry of movement infrastructure that successfully resists and challenges the (once uniquely Southern, now national) systemic and targeted oppression of Black, Brown, Native, Queer, Disabled and poor communities – despite continued underinvestment in the South by institutional philanthropy and a lack of investment in organizations led by people of color. The Southern Power Fund is a partnership among Southern movement leaders and philanthropic allies who’ve been building strategies together for decades. The work of the Southern Power Fund responds to  the needs and vision of Southern movement leaders and builds on both institutional funder organizing efforts led by Grantmakers for Southern Progress and Funders for LGBTQ Issues’ Out in the South Initiative as well as individual donor organizing efforts led by the Solidaire Network and Resource Generation that value and follow Southern leadership. Through this work, we will offer directives to funders related to long term Southern strategy, including the development of a Southern based fund that will be governed and managed by frontline leaders using techniques established and shared with us by existing Southern social justice funds.

Give to the Southern Power Fund

 

Each of the four anchor organizations listed below are set to receive funds for the Southern Power Fund. 

If you are an individual donor, choose one of the four anchor organizations to give to: Alternate ROOTS, the Highlander Center, Project South, or SONG. Include “Southern Power Fund” as a note with your gift so we can track your donation and add it to the collective fund.

If you are an institutional funder and would like to join other foundations supporting this important work, please contact Tamieka Mosley from Grantmakers for Southern Progress at tmosley@g4sp.org or Chantelle Fisher-Borne from Funders for LGBTQ Issues at chantelle@lgbtfunders.org.

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