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Southeastern Council of Foundations;
How far down the road has philanthropy traveled as the South's "Passing Gear" for equity and economic promise since those words were written 10 years ago? And what should the priorities be today? Philanthropy as the South's Passing Gear—Fulfilling the Promise answers those questions, revising and updating MDC's 2007 publication, The State of the South 2007: Philanthropy as the South's 'Passing Gear.'
Institute for Women's Policy Research;
The southern United States is a dynamic and influential region marked by innovation and economic opportunities for women, yet also a region where inequalities persist and many women -- especially women of color and those who are immigrants -- face challenges such as high unemployment, a large gender wage gap, abuse of their reproductive rights, and low levels of political representation. This complex picture of the South as a region where both opportunities and disparities exist is often lost by those who either romanticize the South's positive qualities or exaggerate its negative aspects. Between these two views of the southern United States -- both of which are at least partially based in reality -- this report relies on empirical data to provide a balanced understanding of the status of women in the South today.
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation;
With its recent adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion to adults, Louisiana became the 32nd state to move forward with the expansion, and the 7th of the 17 states that make up the American South to expand. However, within the South, which has high rates of chronic disease and poor health outcomes, the majority of states still have not adopted the Medicaid expansion. The ACA and its Medicaid expansion offer important opportunities to expand access to health coverage, particularly in the South, where Medicaid and CHIP eligibility levels across groups have lagged behind other regions for many years.1 While many factors contribute to chronic disease and poor health outcomes, expanding health coverage can provide an important step in improving health by supporting individuals' ability to access preventive and primary care and ongoing treatment of health conditions. This brief provides key data on the South and the current status of health and health coverage in the South to provide greater insight into the health needs in the region and the potential coverage gains that may be achieved through the ACA. State specific data for the indicators presented in the brief are available in Tables 1 through 6.
Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education;
This report aims to make transparent the rates at which school discipline practices and policies impact Black students in every K-12 public school district in 13 Southern states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Annie E. Casey Foundation;
It's tough for a southern kid born at the bottom of the income ladder to get ahead. Overcoming regional economic hardship, long-tolerated racial inequity and subpar education infrastructure is almost impossible. But there is progress. This issue brief examines two key elements connecting southern young adults with rewarding employment opportunities: employer and youth engagement. The brief offers a framework to assess the preconditions for effectively engaging employers and young adults and identifies examples of promising efforts. It also considers what philanthropy can do to reinforce the importance of employer and youth engagement and expand the use of both in the South.
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas;
In every corner of Indian Country, tribal communities are reclaiming their food sovereignty to create healthier choices.
Because for far too long, tribal communities have been separated from their lands and disconnected from traditional foods – putting their tribal culture and health in peril. A movement is happening to rewrite this history of inequity. Tribal communities are returning to traditional practices of the past to remedy problems of the present.
The Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative profiles 40 tribal-led projects that are shaking up current food systems. These are just a snapshot of the exciting efforts improving the health of communities across Indian Country.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues;
This report is the second in a series of reports entitled Out in the South. This second report, Part Two: LGBTQ Community Assets in the U.S. South, identifies more than 750 LGBTQ community assets in the U.S. South and spotlights several funding strategies with potential for high impact. The report assesses the state of the LGBTQ movement in the U.S. South based on a comprehensive scan of the region's LGBTQ community assets, a survey of more than 200 organizers and service providers working in the South, and in-depth interviews with 30 LGBTQ leaders.
Out in the South, Part Two, builds on the previous report Out in the South, Part One: Foundation Funding for LGBTQ Issues in the U.S. South. Both reports are a part of the LGBT Southern Funding Project at Funders for LGBTQ Issues. The goal of the LGBT Southern Funding Project is to expand the scale and impact of funding for LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South.
This report is part of a series of 21 state and regional studies examining the rollout of the ACA. The national network ---- with 36 states and 61 researchers ---- is led by the Rockefeller Institute of Government, the public policy research arm of the State University of New York, the Brookings Institution, and the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania.
The South is often been portrayed as being resistant to "Obamacare." It is from many of these states that legal challenges were filed against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) after its enactment. Rather than operate their own exchanges, many southern states have defaulted to the federal health insurance exchange. Most have refused or deferred on Medicaid expansion. Some states have employed obstructionist tactics to complicate enrollment assistance provided by navigators and others. What accounts for this posture? Electoral politics and ideological differences among the parties certainly play roles. But as our preliminary research indicates, there are other factors as well that reflect ambivalence, caution, and uncertainty about state administrative and fiscal capacity, health demographics, and market conditions.
Through the review of nine state-level field reports conducted under the auspices of the Managing Health Reform research network and through analysis of other relevant literature and data, this report concentrates on the intensity and sources of opposition within the southern states towards the ACA.
David and Lucile Packard Foundation;
Today, more than half of all U.S. women of reproductive age (15-44) live in a state that is hostile to abortion rights. Opposition to comprehensive sexuality education (CSE), contraception and abortion continues unabated. Further, relative to most other regions in the United States, there is a clear dearth of policies and programs to advance reproductive health and rights in the American South. The longstanding and stark health inequities in the South are a product of the unique history of the region, including its legacy of ongoing racial discrimination, current politics and neglect. Restrictive policies and meager investments of public resources have severely limited access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services. The results are poor SRH outcomes. Louisiana and Mississippi in particular and the South in general have some of the worst reproductive health indicators and policies in the country.
Funders for LGBTQ Issues;
This first report explores the underfunding of LGBTQ communities in the U.S. South in comparison to the rest of the country. It identifies who is funding in the South, and examines the issues and strategies currently being funded.
Grantmakers for Southern Progress;
There are a growing number of foundations that are committed to addressing the stark inequities prevalent in the South and still others who also view the region as a strategic location to build power to influence Southern state and national politics. These foundations face at least two major challenges: the need to generate new resources for social justice work in the region, especially from donors based in the region; and the need to increase the strategic coordination among the progressive philanthropic actors who are currently investing in the region.
To address these challenges, GSP launched "As the South Goes". OpenSource Leadership Strategies, Inc. carried out a survey of close to 200 social justice organizations in the region and interviews or focus groups with 75 funders. The resulting analysis is summarized in this report.
Major conclusions from our research are these:
There is a great need to increase social justice work in the South to improve social, economic and political outcomes for impoverished and marginalized communities, regionally and nationally.
The barriers that limit funders' support of social justice work in the South can be overcome.
The opportunities for strategic partnerships between and among Southern and national funders on social justice work are abundant, but require deeper listening and relationship building, as well as moving beyond comfort zones regarding strategy and capacity building.
Grantmakers for Southern Progress;
Grantmakers for Southern Progress recently conducted a research study that examined the thinking and motivation behind social justice funding in the South. (See As the South Goes: Philanthropy and Social Justice in the US South) The first question asked of the study sample involved language:
How do Southern and national foundations talk and think about social justice work in the South?
A core assumption going into the research was that language could be a barrier to Southern and national funders developing partnerships. In particular, GSP assumed the term social justice might present a particular challenge. This proved to be the case. The researchers also tested other terms that related to social justice, in search of language that might substitute for "social justice." This short paper aims to provide grantmakers with a better understanding of how the language they use may be received by different funders. GSP hopes that this increased understanding can help facilitate deeper conversations about the broader shared ambitions of all funders of social justice work in the South.