Fund for Southern Communities

January, 2016



FSC proudly announces our Fall 2015 Grantee Partners! Congratulations! 


The People's Alliance Fund (NC)                                                                   


The People’s Alliance Fund was formed to support progressive work in Durham and other NC communities to achieve racial, social, and economic justice through community engagement. The People’s Alliance Fund, as a whole, envisions the community, from local to global, as one which follows these principles: community guarantee of basic needs; celebration of diversity; and local decision-making. The People’s Alliance Fund requested $5,000 for the Durham Living Wage Project, a project created in 2015 to combat growing inequality in our community by lifting up a business culture that publicly recognizes living wages and activating them on this issue as conscious consumers, and most importantly by raising the wages of Durham’s lowest-paid workers. 


Women Advance (NC)                                                                                         


Women AdvaNCe amplifies nonpartisan dialogue on policy initiatives that affect North Carolina woman and families. The target demographic is North Carolina women who represent the Rising American Electorate who want to make a fruitful life for themselves and their loved ones, but need support and resources to overcome roadblocks. Women AdvaNCe requested $5,000 to promote the civic projects of AdvaNCe Teams in 17 counties across the state; the grant will support the Issues & Advocacy director who leads and mentors women as they engage in civic projects that reflect their counties’ goals and interests.


WomenNC (NC)                                                                                                     


WomenNC’s mission is to lead North Carolina’s young adults in the elimination of injustice against women and girls. Their vision is to raise a generation that honors women’s human rights. WomenNC requested $5,000 to allow the organization to improve operations, develop a new board and advance its social justice programs.


GALEO Latino Community Development Fund (GA)                                             


GALEO’s mission is to promote leadership development and civic engagement of the Latino community in Georgia. GALEO requested $5,000 for general operating support, which would support their efforts within the GALEO Institute for Leadership and leadership development efforts state, with an emphasis in rural areas within the state.


Georgia Clients Council Inc. (GA)                                                                         


GCC empower grassroots leaders and stakeholders to address disparities and inequities in their communities. GCC utilizes for following tools and techniques: advocacy, education, legal referrals, networking, training and creation of economic opportunities to help the average citizen to access a better quality of life. GCC requested $5,000 to support building its membership capacity by organizing around gentrification, changing the Georgia Constitution and laying the foundation for college debt/loans campaign.


Georgia Micro Enterprise Network, Inc. (GA)                                                         


GMEN is committed to developing resources and supporting a comprehensive network to empower successful micro entrepreneurs through advocacy, education and effective member services. GMEN requested $5,000 in organizational support to provide capacity building services to MDO’s. Through these services GMEN will help MDO’s to improve their capacity, reduce overhead costs, increase brand awareness and branding activities by individual MDO’s and connect MDO’s together as an effective network of professional organizations that can share and leverage resources.


Girls Rock Charleston (SC)                                                                                   


Founded in November 2011, the mission of Girls Rock Charleston is to empower girls and transgendered youth through music education, DIY media and creative collaboration. Girls Rock Charleston requested $5,000 to support the implementation of year-round programming that will provide focused leadership development for system-involved youth.





2016: 35 Years of Social Justice Grant-Making 


As we say goodbye to 2015, FSC is approaching an important milestone  --- The Fund for Southern Communities will be celebrating its 35th birthday in 2016! Reflecting on this achievement, we are so very fortunate to continue our mission of supporting social justice organizations in GA, NC & SC, as well as across the country. This year, we will feature a grantee partner each month in our newsletter, so you will hear first hand the array of non-profit organiations FSC is proud to support through our grant-making programs.


If you have been thinking about making an annual gift to FSC and haven't yet, now is a wonderful time to do so in honor of our birthday. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated and provide us with the opportunity to fund important work happening in our own backyards. You can make an online gift by visiting HERE  or mailing a check (made payable to Fund for Southern Communities) to 4153-C Flat Shoals Pkwy., Suite 316, Decatur, GA 30034.


Thank you for continuing this important journey with us. If you have any questions regarding our grant-making programs or other ways to give, please contact Rachel Barber at or at 404.371.8404. Happy New Year!

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Upcoming Events


Social Studies: A Critical Conversation on Refugee Resettlement in Georgia 


Refugees are in the news- both globally and right here at home. Join us for a discussion and critical look at refugee resettlement in Georgia.

Speakers (more coming soon):


Ted Terry, Mayor of Clarkston

Hussien Mohamed, Segal Radio Services


Doors at 6:00, discussion starts by 6:30.


Have specific questions for our panelists? Direct them to and we will try to get them answered!


Wednesday, January 13, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)


Center for Civic Innovation - 115 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW. Third Floor. Atlanta, GA 30303

For ticket information, please vist HERE.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 

Monday, January 18, 2016 | Nation-wide observance of the national holiday commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr


"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"



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Board of Directors Call

Come Be A Part of Our Team 

FSC is still seeking individuals to serve on our Board of Directors! 


Some of the specific skills and other identifying areas that are helpful for the selection and elections process include nominations of individuals who are or has: Latino, Native American, Multi-racial, a Disability, Activist/Organizer, Organizational Management skills, Board Development skills, Fund Raising/Development background, Grant Writing skills,  Public Relations skills, a Legal background, Donor Development skills, Finance/Investment, Corporate or Foundation connections, Institutional Philanthropy knowledge, Organizational Development. FSC serves a three state region and board seats should always include membership from each of the three states.  Areas that are helpful in assuring a diverse membership are state, sex, race, skills, etc.


If there are individuals that you feel would be an asset, and willing to serve a two-year term on the FSC Board of Directors, please complete the nomination form and return it to the FSC office via fax, electronically, or via US mail.




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