News from the Fund for Southern Communities      January 2012
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Happy 2012!!!     
Thanks to supporters like you, we were able to  pull through! We wish you a new year filled with peace, joy, and meaning.
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Every Gift Counts 
Ways to Give
There are several ways in which you can support the Fund for Southern Communities. Each gift makes a difference and we invite you to make a donation today!

A Unique Way to Give 
Apply for Our Customized Capital One Card
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What better way to donate to your favorite charity than SHOPPING? Through our partnership with Capital One, you can help support social justice without a direct gift to FSC! No more hassles of writing checks and stops at the post office. Use our custom Capital One card for your shopping and FSC will automatically receive a donation with each purchase. Your donations will help ensure that FSC is able to continue funding vital social justice work in the South.
Benefits for FSC include:
$50 after your first purchase
2% of gas and grocery purchases
Up to 10% of purchases from select merchants
1% on all other purchases
To learn more, please visit our Card Lab Connect Home Page.
What's Happening? 
News Bulletin
*FSC is still seeking individuals to serve on our Board of Directors. As a grantee or donor partner of FSC, you are eligible to both nominate and vote for individuals! Currently, there are 3 seats for the grantee and donor partners to elect. Just complete the nomination form and return it to the FSC office via fax, electronically, or via US Mail.
*Need help getting a word out? Contact our office at
and we'll strive to pass it on in our What's Happening News Bulletin section.
Check Out Our Recent Grantees 
Keep Up the Good Work!
Campaign for Southern Equality - Asheville, NC $2,000
Campaign for Southern Equality is an effort to assert the full humanity and equality of LGBT people in American life and to increase public support for LGBT rights. Their work is based upon empathic resistance which calls for resisting persecuting systems by expressing the authentic self in persecuting environments and approaching those who oppose their rights with empathy. They received general support to back their mission and deliver programming in the areas of 1) coordinated public actions to resist discriminatory laws; 2) comprehensive support and crisis response services to LGBT people and 3) compelling testimonies about LGBTQ lives in the South shared with the American public to build support for full equality.
Clear Blue Sky Clubhouse - St. Thomas, USVI $3,000
The Helen's Fund is happy to award this grant to Clear Blue Sky Clubhouse to support the ongoing programs that are offered for mentally ill members.
Coalition of Latino Leaders  - Dalton, GA $1,500
Coalition of Latino Leaders facilitates the leadership development of Latinos in Dalton, to advocate for human rights at the local, regional and state level, and promotes civic participation and an active role of their Pueblo in the political process to influence key legislation that directly affects their community. They received project support to match a grant from the National Council of La Raza and to increase the number of advocacy efforts in support of the “Escuela del Pueblo” (The People School) project; a building capacity project for disenfranchised low income Latinos who have never participated in community change initiatives, and who will be new grassroots leaders, advocates, facilitators, organizers and fundraisers.
Georgia ADA Exchange – Chamblee, GA $2,000
Georgia ADA Exchange works to bring about full inclusion of all Georgians with disabilities in every aspect of the community. They develop workshops, telephone consultation and informational materials to carry out their work. They received project support for their Domestic Violence and Disability project that will strengthen relationships between taskforce members through cross-training, intensive consultation and the education of people with disabilities. The project will open opportunities for people with disabilities to benefit from the domestic violence services currently available to people without disabilities. These services include crisis line information and support, help with domestic violence legal issues, sheltering and support for a new life.
Georgia Supportive Housing Association began in response to the Atlanta City Council banning all new supportive housing for people with disabilities except in “industrial” areas of the city. They provide housing to people with mental illness, development delays, HIV/AIDS and physical disabilities. They also provide advocacy and education at the local, state and federal level for affordable, supportive housing for these vulnerable populations. They received general support to continue to educate the public and officials about the need for and benefits of supportive housing for disabled persons; working with and monitoring closely the new Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities to ensure that housing for mentally ill and developmentally disabled clients is developed in all areas of the State.
Harriet Hancock Center Foundation – Columbia, SC $2,000
Harriet Hancock Center Foundation supports the GLBT community of South Carolina by educating the state on the needs and experiences of identifying as GLBT, and providing resources to the GLBT community. They received general support and will provide assistance to their newly expanded board during and immediately after a 6 month period of assessing current needs and programs; develop a new 5 year strategic plan; capacity build; purchase needed software; offer volunteer trainings; and the subsequent re-branding efforts after the assessment period ends.  
Helping Organize People Effectively – Lexington, NC $2,000
HOPE builds the capacity of low-income Blacks, Whites, Latinos and their institutions in an atmosphere where there is mutual respect and consideration. HOPE received general support to address the strong division among racial lines by bringing communities together in a systematic way. They will develop a campaign blueprint to engage the expansion of senior citizens services in Davidson County; initiate public meetings with the city council leaders to engage an adoption by the city council to fund and construct an inter-generational community center; implement a public audit to improve conditions for homeless veterans; strengthen the work of emerging network organizations working on social justice issues by recruiting members, training leaders, raising funds and identifying common concerns; and mitigate the impact on homeowners going into foreclosure.
James L. Barnes CDC – Dawson, GA $2,000
James L. Barnes helps low income minorities in Terrell County through education, inspiration and empowerment; develop and implement community organizing and community based economic development strategies for social and economic justice; and fight against poverty and for green jobs. They received project support to help with the overhead, travel, equipment and supplies to create the “Black and Brown Rural Coalition of Southwest Georgia”.   This coalition will unite African Americans and Latinos culturally, politically and economically to educate, inspire, empower and principally build a greater voter power throughout rural Southwest Georgia.
NC Field – Kinston, NC $2,000                                                 
NC Field creates strategies and initiates collaborative actions promoting justice and equality by increasing access to opportunities for farmworker communities. They received general support to further their work to end farm labor abuses and injustices through public awareness campaigns and by connecting with ongoing state and national movements to bring the voices of farm workers and farm worker youth to the forefront on issues at hand.
The Re-Entry Connection - College, Park GA $2,000
The Re-Entry Connection reduces incarceration and recidivism among female ex-offenders. They received project support for a grassroots organizing and educational campaign; that will target ex-offenders in the Metro Atlanta and rural Georgia. Through this campaign, ex-offenders will be able to network with other organizations addressing the needs of ex-offender populations in preparation for the 2012 legislative session; get educated of the upcoming legislation and how to politically address unfair legislation; and be empowered and encouraged to vote in the upcoming elections. 
The Rural Library Project – Atlanta, GA $1,500
The Rural Library Project establishes public libraries and strengthens rural communities by collaborating with citizens and elected leadership to organize and engage talent, gather resources that value the public library as a center for life long learning and community development. They received general support for community organizing activities necessary to design, construct and equip two new municipal libraries in Lumpkin and Baconton, Georgia.
Triangle CAN - Durham, NC $5,000
Triangle CAN empowers low, moderate and upper income people through systematic leadership training, so that they can create their own agenda for institutional, political, economic and social change in Durham and Orange Counties. They received general support to further their mission and respond to the current economic and social pressures impacting the counties residents. They will address specific, winnable and immediate issues identified with input of thousands of diverse members.
Sweet Honey In The Rock®! 
Coming to Atlanta in March 2012
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When: March 2012
Where: Spelman College - Sisters Chapel
Tickets: $30 General Admission - All Ages
*Detailed information to follow
* Tickets Available for purchase SOON!
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When Georgia Cares - Georgia Shares! 
A Workplace Giving Program
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Workplace giving is easy and rewarding for everyone involved. A simple annual payroll deduction agreement allows employees to effortlessly support organizations working on issues of concern to them.
If Georgia Shares is offered as a choice in your workplace campaign, please contact our office to learn how to designate FSC, or another Georgia Shares agency, for your gift.
For more information on including Georgia Shares as one of your employees’ charitable giving options, please contact Denise Blake, Georgia Shares Executive Director at 404.844.6358 or email:
Also, many employers offer matching gift programs where the company will match gifts their employees make to qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations like FSC. If your company participates in a matching gifts program, please contact us and we would be happy to provide needed documentation of your gift.
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