Fund for Southern Communities

February, 2016



FSC Grantee Spotlight! 



It’s a new year and the Durham Living Wage Project, a local employer certification program of The People's Alliance Fund, designed to recognize “high road employers” who pay their employees a living wage, is ready to get to work. We are fortunate to be able to start 2016 with a solid foundation in funding, thanks to the Fund For Southern Communities. Since launching in March 2015, 80 Durham employers have joined our project and committed to a living wage for their employees. We are also gaining significant community recognition (the Project was named one of Durham’s top stories of 2015 by the Raleigh News & Observer), but there’s so much more work to do!


Over the next year, our primary goal is to expand the list of certified employers through strategic and targeted employer outreach. The bigger the list grows, the more incentive employers have to join and to raise wages in order to join. The Project will work with partners to diversify the list of employers in terms of sector, geography, and demographics to lift up models across industries and throughout Durham.  In addition, our team will continue to provide support and to share best practices with our neighbors’ newly launched Orange County Living Wage Project and other fledgling groups in the area, and will work alongside and in partnership with Durham’s anti-poverty initiatives.


Learn more about the project and meet our certified living wage employers here


The People’s Alliance Fund supports progressive educational and research activities in Durham and other North Carolina communities. In addition to sponsoring the Durham Living Wage Project, the Fund sponsors You Can Vote, a non-partisan voter education project that works to inform citizens about the state’s new and more restrictive voting law, assuring them that despite the obstacles, “You can still vote” and showing them how.  The Fund also provides small Micro-grants to volunteer-led progressive efforts in Durham and the greater Triangle area.


2016: 35 Years of Social Justice Grant-Making 


The Fund for Southern Communities is celebrating its 35th birthday this year! Reflecting on this achievement, we are so very fortunate in continuing our mission of supporting social justice organizations in GA, NC & SC, as well as across the country.


If you haven't contributed to FSC in awhile or would like to make an additional gift in 2016 in honor of our upcoming 35th birthday, visit HERE  or mail a check (made payable to Fund for Southern Communities) to 4153-C Flat Shoals Pkwy., Suite 316, Decatur, GA 30034. Your gift will directly support community organizations working across our region. Often traditional charities and private foundations overlook these organizations because their projects are considered too new, too small or their objectives are too controversial. FSC is willing to make grants to these groups and organizations because we believe that communities working on their own behalf are powerful forces for change.


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

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Upcoming Events 


Participate in Georgia Council on Development Disabilities' (GCDD) 2016 Advocacy Days at the Capitol - Register NOW!

GCDD is holding a series of advocacy days along with our annual Disability Day at the Capitol. Each advocacy day will have training, visits with legislators and networking with others in our community.

The theme and date for each Advocacy Day is:

  • Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) Day
    Tuesday, February 2
    (sponsored by GCDD, UNLOCK and the Georgia Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Consortium)
  • Intellectual Disability and the Death Penalty
    Tuesday, February 9
    (sponsored by GCDD, PAPE Coalition and GFADP)
  • Employment First Day
    Thursday, February 11
    (sponsored by GCDD, UNLOCK and the Employment First Coalition)
  • ABLE (Achieving a Better Life) Act Coalition Day
    Wednesday, February 24
    (sponsored by GCDD, AADD and the Georgia ABLE Coalition)
  • Wildcard Day! End-of-Session Advocacy
    Tuesday, March 1
    (sponsored by GCDD and UNLOCK)


Click HERE to register to participate in GCDD's 2016 Advocacy Days at the Capitol!



Celebrate African American History! 

February, 2016


Please join us in Atlanta, GA for "The Largest Celebration of African-American History Month in the America"


Black History Month Parade

Saturday, February 27, 2016 


Festivities begin @ 12:00PM

Parade begins at the King Center National Park

Post Parade Ceremony in Woodruff Park


If you or your organization have Black History Month events scheduled this month, please share with us! We will post these dates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. Please email all the details to Rachel Barber at




The dates to register to vote for the South Carolina primary have passed, but if you live in Georgia or North Carolina, you still have time!


GEORGIA: Presidential primary election: Feb. 1 (voter registration deadline)


NORTH CAROLINA: Presidential primary election: Feb. 19 (voter registration deadline)



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What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC) every time you shop, at no cost to you! When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to FSC!


How Do I Shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You will see millions of eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. Please note that you use the same account on and AmazonSmile and your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.


How Do I Select FSC as My Charitable Organization?

Selecting FSC as your charitable organization is a very simple process. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you will be prompted to pick the charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Once you have selected FSC, AmazonSmile will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation to our organization.


**For more information on how to support FSC via AmazonSmile, click here



Kroger Community Rewards®

Giving More Back to the Community!

Kroger is committed to helping our communities grow and prosper. Year after year, local schools, churches and other nonprofit organizations will earn millions of dollars through Kroger Community Rewards®.


Sign in to your Kroger Rewards Plus Card account,  View Your Rewards Details and add the Fund for Southern Communities, organization number 71413, to your Community Rewards. Haven't yet registered your Kroger Plus Card online? Don't worry, you can register your Kroger Plus Card number here



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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