As the South Grows

So Grows the Nation


First and foremost, NCRP would like to thank the funders, grantees and leaders who shared their stories during interviews and in focus groups. We would also like to thank the hosts of our focus groups for sharing their space and their convening power: Black Belt Community Foundation, Southern Partners Fund, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky and Coastal Community Foundation.

Special thanks to Lavastian Glenn and Nat Chioke Williams, co-chairs of GSP, for their feedback and guidance on this report and throughout this whole project; LaTosha Brown, former project director of GSP, for her input on this report and partnership on this project; our Advisory Committee members who shared their time and perspective; Gita Gulati-Partee, who provided valuable guidance throughout the research process; and to Chris Kromm and Allie Yee at the Institute for Southern Studies, who provided additional research and data for this project.

We are also grateful to the Educational Foundation of America, The Kresge Foundation and the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation for their funding and support of this project.