Study Calls on Funders to Change Grantmaking Process to Support South

Foundations in the United States should step up their support for innovative and effective social change networks in the South, which offers fertile soil for developing solutions to national problems, a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Grantmakers for Southern Progress finds.

The fifth in a series, the report, As the South Grows: So Grows the Nation (32 pages, PDF), found that, between 2011 and 2015, U.S. foundations invested 56 cents per capita in Southern states for every dollar per capita invested nationally, while grantmaking in support of structural change work only amounted to 11 cents per capita in the region. The report further notes that the typical grantmaking process tends to put Southern social change organizations at a disadvantage. Because the South has often been the proving ground for the nation’s most regressive public policies and rhetoric, the report suggests that by not investing in structural change work in the region, the philanthropic sector is putting marginalized people across the country in harm’s way.

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