Moving the South Forward in the New Reality:
A Post-Election Funder Briefing
On December 16, 2016, NFG's Grantmakers for Southern Progress working group, along with the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and Funders for LGBTQ Issues' Out in the South Initiative, co-hosted a conference call for funders to explore the impact of the 2016 election results in Southern communities.
As we know, Southern communities have been navigating challenging political climates for decades. This briefing discussed how the election impacts social justice work supporting LGBTQ, people of color, and immigrant communities in the South. Leaders and practitioners deeply rooted in their work in the South offered their insights about the challenges and opportunities of the current national narrative about what happened in the region and what is needed as we move forward.
Partners from across the region provided a multi-state analysis using election data; explored key learnings from civic engagement efforts in North Carolina and Georgia; and provided an emerging analysis on the impact of the election on social justice efforts that aim to support LGBTQ, people of color, and immigrant communities in the South. We also explored what we know about the impacts of the new administration's first-100-day agenda on policies essential to health, well-being, and human rights in the region.
Justin Maxson, Executive Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, moderated the conversation and offered context for working in Southern communities.