Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of advocacy, organizing, and civic engagement in the Gulf/Mid-south region
2011 report published by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP)
Many grantmakers at the local, regional and national levels seek to make a difference in the American South. Their strategies may range along a continuum that includes social services, community economic development, resident-led decision-making, parent engagement, coalition building and public policy. Often, nonprofits employ multiple strategies in combination. Many forces shape and affect their success, including cultural, economic and political factors that are unique to the South. Yet, perceptions of the South as under resourced and limited in capacity may lead to an underestimation of what grantmakers and nonprofits can accomplish when they work together to tackle serious challenges.