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The Color of Philanthropy: Southern Leaders, National Potential

June 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, ABFE and Southeastern Council on Foundations
The Color of Philanthropy: Southern Leaders, National Potential
June 14, 2017 1-2:30 PM EST

In this movement moment, it’s time for national funders to look South. Our Southern neighbors have a vibrant history of successful movements for racial and social justice. Yet grassroots Southern leaders are often overlooked by philanthropy, and lack the funding to pursue their own agendas.

The South is already home to a strong ecosystem of people-of-color (POC)-led philanthropic institutions that can help drive resources for racial and social justice. National grantmakers can learn from and partner with these institutions. This webinar will explore the crucial role of POC-led philanthropy in the South, with an emphasis on the powerful potential for significant impact not only in the Southern region, but nationally.

Join NCRP, ABFE and SECF for a conversation with Takema Robinson, director of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (moderator); Felecia Lucky, executive director of the Black Belt Community Foundation; Flozell Daniels, Jr., president and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana; Karen Watson, executive director of the Positive Action Committee; and Fernando Cuevas, executive director of the Southern Partners Fund. Watch the webinar recording.

Speaker bios:


Takema Robinson (Moderator) (@Takema_Robinson)

Takema Robinson is the senior principal and CEO of Converge Consulting, a values-based consulting firm whose mission is to accelerate the creation of a radically just new world where communities of color thrive. Converge’s clients include the City of New Orleans, the Ford Foundation and numerous social justice organizations across the South and the country. Converge also provides backbone support to the Greater New Orleans Funders Network (GNOFN), an affinity group of foundations committed to equity and justice investing in Southeast Louisiana. As director of GNOFN, Takema has grown the network to over 50 members and over $3 million in committed investments in under two years. Previously, Takema served as the senior program associate for education and community change at the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Takema earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and African American Studies from Howard University and pursued post-graduate studies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In 2004, Takema was awarded the Echoing Green Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs and she is a 2014-2015 Association for Foundation Executives Connecting Leaders Fellow. Most importantly, she is the proud mama to two boys.


Flozell Daniels, Jr., President and CEO of the Foundation for Louisiana (@FlozellDaniels)

Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO & president of Foundation for Louisiana (formerly the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation), is a public policy and community engagement strategist with 20 years of experience in community development, resilience building, legislative strategy and leadership development. With a focus on building successful coalitions that increase success in expanding economic opportunity for all, Flozell is accomplished in expanding capacity and outcomes in areas that include community development finance, criminal justice reform, coastal/environmental policy, transit equity and asset development.

Flozell is a 2013 graduate of University of Oxford Saïd Business School’s Impact Investing Programme, 2011 Fellow of the Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute, a life Fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, an alumnus of Leadership Louisiana and a graduate of the Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Flozell earned an MBA from the A.B. Freeman School of Tulane University and a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans.


Felecia Lucky, Executive Director of the Black Belt Community Foundation (@fjonesF)

Felecia Lucky is the executive director of the Black Belt Community Foundation in Selma, Alabama. The Black Belt Community Foundation was established to support community efforts that contribute to the strength, innovation and success in Alabama’s 12 poorest counties: the Black Belt. Prior to serving as executive director of the foundation, Felecia worked as an internal auditor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and as an accounting supervisor in Memphis, Tennessee, for Cargill, Inc. Felecia then returned home to Alabama to serve as executive director of the Sumter County Industrial Development Authority, before coming aboard as executive director of the foundation. Felecia earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Tuskegee University. She also holds an MBA from the University of Alabama. Felecia has served on the board or committees for the Black Belt Action Commission, the Southern Rural Development Initiative, Alabama Giving and the Greene-Sumter Enterprise Community, Inc. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Council on Foundations and Southeastern Council on Foundations, as well as a 2006 Southeastern Council on Foundations Hull Fellow.


Karen Watson, Executive Director of the Positive Action Committee

Karen Watson is executive director of the Positive Action Committee (PAC) located in Screven County, Georgia. She has led PAC in using community organizing, direct action, political pressure and legal strategies to successfully challenge racial and economic injustice. PAC has organized around and won many victories in challenging racism in rural public schools, voting rights discrimination and employment discrimination. Karen has successfully worked with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the Department of Justice to bring attention to and effectively address the issues of racially biased academic tracking, lack of minority teachers and administrators and extremely high disciplinary rates for African American students in rural public school systems. Karen was selected as a Fellow in Education by the Southern Regional Council and is a recipient of the NAACP Leadership Award, the Rosa Parks Award and the MLK Outstanding Leadership Award. She was honored by the Southern Rural Development Initiative as one of the Most Distinguished Leaders in the South. She is a former board member of the Bert and Mary Meyer Foundation, and past chair and present board member of the Southern Partners Fund.


Fernando Cuevas, Executive Director of the Southern Partners Fund

Fernando Cuevas is executive director of the Southern Partners Fund (SPF). He has been with the organization since its inception in 1998, and has served as a founding member, board member and staff member. As Leadership Development Coordinator, he was chiefly responsible for overseeing all aspects of Membership training and development. He also assisted in the design, implementation and evaluation of SPF’s Social Justice Institute. In his current role, Fernando provides leadership in developing SPF’s vision, financial and resource development plan, and long-range strategy for pursuing its mission. Fernando was born in Fostoria, Ohio, to the parents of Mexican Migrant Farm Workers. His experiences inspired him to become an activist for migrant workers’ rights and field organizer for the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) AFL-CIO. A highly experienced and effective negotiator, Cuevas was instrumental in arbitrating for rights between farmers and Campbell Soup, Heinz, Vlasic, Green Bay and Mt. Olive Corporation. For his hard work, Fernando was awarded the Bannerman Fellowship, a yearlong paid fellowship award that honors outstanding activists.


June 14, 2017
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Event Category:


National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Southeastern Council of Foundations


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