The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium is partnering with the NoVo foundation to support the growing movement for Black girls in the Southeastern U.S. a new collective of funders, activists and community leaders working to advance the movements for Black girls and women in the Southeast.
The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium will co-create an infrastructure for regional grantmaking and movement building, providing resources to locally-based organizations run by and working directly for black girls, including those outside of traditional non-profit organizations.
For the next twelve months, the consortium will partner with girls and those who center girls in their work to design an infrastructure that will manage grantmaking and additional capacities needed in the Southeast, while supporting and strengthening social movements for Black girls.
In addition to direct grantmaking, the consortium will coordinate efforts and support opportunities to provide spaces for healing, political education, and organize capacity building for movements that center and are led by Black girls and women.
About the Other Coordinators/Anchors
The consortium is coordinated entirely by a community of Black women in philanthropy, activism and girls’ work, who hold deep roots in movement-building throughout the Southeast. The partnership recognizes their critical role and the importance of centering the lived experiences and leadership of those most impacted by deep-seated injustices.
Felecia Lucky, President
Black Belt Community Foundation
Alabama‘s Black Belt stretches across the middle of the state from Mississippi almost to the Georgia line. Rich in human, religious, geographic and political diversity, the Black Belt got its name from the region’s rich, dark soil. It is also home to the highest percentage of African Americans in Alabama . Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt best knew the area’s challenges and opportunities, the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) actively puts needed resources into the region that make a lasting impact.
Alice Jenkins, Executive Director
Fund for Southern Communities
The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC/the Fund) supports and unites organizations and donors working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. Through grantmaking and related activities the Fund fosters social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Since it began in 1981, FSC has awarded thousands of grants, totaling over $7 million to groups around the nation and internationally. FSC works with small, grassroots organizations that often are isolated from the larger movement networks and rely on individual volunteers – people directly affected by the injustices they are addressing. Grantee partners serve approximately 20,000 people each year.
LaTosha Brown, Principal
Truthspeaks Consulting is a philanthropic advisory group and consulting business that specializes in professional facilitation, program design, organizational development, capacity building, resource development and technical assistance to foundations and non-profit organizations across the nation with a particular focus on the U.S. south. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of social justice and social impact philanthropy.