Out in the South Project Team
- Scheduling regular meeting and status reports that will keep the project on schedule and keep all identified stakeholders apprised of the Initiative’s progress.
- Taking the lead in organizing: face-to-face gatherings, in Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia or Virginia; individual meetings and/or phone calls; and, online, mail and/or in-person surveys.
- Managing and maintaining the grant database and calendar.
The Project Team is primarily responsible for fundraising for the Out in the South Project and assisting with fundraising for the LGBTQ Fund. These duties include:
- Being the point person and primary contact for the Out in the South Project and LGBTQ issues.
- Assisting in development of public reporting, networking and information sharing documents
- Supporting internal organizational communications and flow
- Drafting E-blasts as necessary
- Posting regularly on social media
- Monitor project budget
- Provide financial reporting to the executive director as appropriate
- Submit timely reimbursement requests for all travel and program-related expenses
Update Needs Assessment/Environmental Scan
- Reviewing data collected by ACF regarding organizations engaged in LGBTQ work in Central Appalachia, their strategies to accomplish their goals, and the needs they identified that were not being met.
- Assessing the current needs, assets and funding priorities that exist in Central Appalachia for LGBTQ organizations, individuals and allies.
The Out in the South grantmaking awards will require ACF to raise $12,500 to achieve the match of $25,000. The Project Team is primarily responsible for fundraising for the Out in the South Project and assisting with fundraising for the LGBTQ Fund. These duties include
- Research to identify local, regional and national funders who support LGBTQ work in Central Appalachia;
- Mapping exercises to identify organizations, individuals and allies who are working in the region to support LGBTQ issues.
- Compiling all information collected into a useable document to assist in fundraising and organizing strategies.
- Coordinating specific mail appeals to both donors and non-donors of the LGBTQ Fund with direction from the executive director and logistical support from the office manager and director’s assistant.
- Organizing house parties and events for the LGBTQ Fund.
Scope of Work
The scope of work to be completed is outlined below. The time line for the project also is attached. The scope of work may not be all inclusive and may need to be amended as need dictates.
The current matching and hybrid grant is designed to engage with our existing fund donors with the goal that current donors will:
- identify others who would be interested in contributing to the current LGBTQ Initiative Fund;
- invite interested donors to be a part of the grantmaking process; and,
- look for ways of improving and expanding the reach and capacity of the current LGBTQ Initiative
ACF will build from existing fundraising plans and strategies identified in Phase 1 and 2 of this initiative. The team will raise our matching funds through several methods: online crowdfunding and Facebook campaigns; appeal letters and one-on-one meetings with current LGBTQ Fund donors; house parties in Virginia and Boston; and, the development of a relationship with New York based donors with connections to our region.
ACF will provide community fundraising trainings both in-person and via webinar. These trainings will: cover the impact of communications on fundraising; identify regionally appropriate strategies; discuss the role of the board in fundraising; and, demystify and define the concept of major donors. ACF will also host “meet and greet” events that will enable donors to hear from LGBTQ community members and grantees about the issues in the region.
All interested parties please submit your resume, three reference letters, and if you’d like, samples of your work by close of business March 5th.
The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) is a publicly supported, non-profit grantmaking organization that provides resources and support to grassroots organizations working to overcome the underlying causes of poverty and injustice in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia, and West Virginia).
We pool resources from a range of sources including individuals, businesses, and foundations to support community-led efforts and movement for social change, to support the training and leadership development necessary to strengthen the work in our region, and to cultivate the conditions for lasting, long-term change to be possible.
ACF awards grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial and environmental justice. We support communities with little or no access to other financial resources and grassroots groups which are often too small, too new, or working on issues that are too controversial for traditional funding sources. ACF also funds long-term strategic efforts to address the long-term problems of Central Appalachia.
Out in the South Project The first two phases of our project involved gathering LGBTQ communities together to break isolation, create space, and identify community strengths, challenges, and needs. We created an inter-generational space to celebrate, connect, learn, and share our stories.
The current matching and hybrid grant is designed to engage with our existing fund donors with the goal that current donors will: identify others who would be interested in contributing to the current LGBTQ Fund; invite interested donors to be a part of the grantmaking process; and, look for ways of improving and expanding the reach and capacity of the current LGBTQ Fund.