Webinar: Funding for Grassroots Change

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We are humbled to partner with the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, Out in the South Initiative, Fund for Trans Generations, Third Wave Fund, and Trans Justice Funding Project to host the upcoming webinar, “Funding for Grassroots Change,” on Tuesday July 11, 6:30-8PM Eastern / 5:30-7PM Central. Some of the most visionary work in the South is often…

Resist. – General Support and Emergency Grants

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Resist’s theory of social change is rooted in the belief that when communities most impacted by injustices come together, organize, address root causes, and take direct action powerful social change happens. Resist believes in grassroots organizing, creativity, and power. That is why we strive to be a very different type of foundation. We are a…

Webinar: LGBTQ in the South – Telling Your Story with Data

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Data can be a powerful storytelling tool, yet historically there has been a lack of reliable statistics about LGBTQ Southerners. Thanks to the Williams Institute, that’s changing. We now have a growing body of data telling an important and multi-layered story about LGBTQ Southerners – that ⅓ of all LGBTQ people in our country live…

Urgent Action Fund – Rapid Response

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Funding to support interventions by activists in a strategic and timely manner. Rapid Response Grants are mechanisms for quick, flexible, and short-term funding to respond to unexpected security threats or advocacy opportunities. Requests can be made up to $5,000 for activities to be carried out within 3-months of the grant. Urgent Action Fund accepts applications in…

Rapid Response: Safe Schools Safe Communities

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We hear from people every day that they don’t feel safe. Over the past year, we’ve witnessed an alarming increase of hate crimes against religious minorities. As of April 24, nine trans women of color have been killed this year, four in the South alone. ICE presence in communities has increased significantly, causing families to fear picking…

Trans Leadership Initiative: Interview with L.B. Bell

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By Britney Nesbit, Hometown Organizing Project Coordinator Mississippi native, L.B. Bell, is an advocate for LGBT inclusivity in his community and across the South. He is committed to creating safer spaces in his community by resisting discriminatory, anti-LGBT laws like Mississippi’s House Bill 1523. L.B.is a father, husband, farmer, physician and founder of The Black…

Groundswell Rapid Response Fund

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Groundswell’s Rapid Response Fund: fills a critical gap in the philanthropic landscape, fast funding to grassroots organizations in unexpected fights to protect and advance RJ. Attacks on reproductive justice have risen dramatically over the last decade and the lack of rapid response funding, particularly to community-rooted organizations led by people of color, has resulted in…

Fund for Trans Generations – Rapid Response

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The Fund for Trans Generations (FTG) Rapid Response Fund is a project of Borealis Philanthropy As we have witnessed recently and historically, the conditions of trans communities can change rapidly due to increased visibility and transphobic attacks by individuals and institutions. Organizations and communities often need additional resources to respond quickly to organized opposition and…

Flush Transphobia Fund – Rapid Response

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A rapid response fund for direct action and community mobilizing in response to anti-trans legislation. Third Wave’s Flush Transphobia Fund is a rapid response fund that supports the leadership of transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming youth of color and low-income youth to respond to anti-trans legislation and ballot initiatives. How it works: Proposals are accepted…

Mobilize Power Fund – Rapid Response

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A rapid response fund for direct action, community mobilization, and healing justice. Available to coalitions, organizations, and non-501(c)(3) efforts. Open all year and accepts proposals in many formats: written narrative, a phone call, or a short video. Dedicated to work led by young women of color, queer, trans, and intersex youth of color and low-income…

Emergent Fund – Ongoing Rapid Response

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GET READY – FIGHT BACK The 2016 election results present immediate threats to a wide range of communities who were belittled, criminalized and attacked during the presidential campaign – immigrants, women, Muslim and Arab-American communities, Black people, LGBTQ communities, and all people of color. These communities need increased capacity so that they can respond, act…

Applying for 501c3 Status – Feb 21, 2017 Webinar

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When it comes to seeking funding, 0ne of the most common barriers grassroots leaders face is the lack of nonprofit status. Most foundations supporting LGBTQ work in the South require that groups have 501c3 status or a fiscal sponsor. Having 501c3 status isn’t necessarily the end-all-be-all for many grassroots groups, neither is it the best vehicle for…

Selma Legal Clinic Recap

By Quentin D. Bell The Selma Legal Clinic hosted by TKO Society Inc. & Campaign for Southern Equality provided direct support for 15 Trans-Folks in the form of name change assistance, financial stipends, birth certificate amendments, and general transition guides. However, its impact extends far beyond those 15 trans folks that were able to scratch…

CSE at Creating Change

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While millions were marching on Saturday, including some CSE team members in Greenville, Asheville and Charlotte, a small cohort of us were at Philadelphia at Creating Change, engaged in lively discussion with folks from across the country about radical redistribution of resources in the South. Especially in the difficult times that lay ahead, it is our…

The Southern Equality Fund: A Year in Review

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By Chloe Stuber, Hometown Organizing Project Director We’re just two years into giving away a modest percentage of our budget to support grassroots work, and the impact is incredible. The Southern Equality Fund, launched in 2015, is a micro-granting project that invests in grassroots leadership in isolated and underresourced areas – with no strings attached.…

Trans Leadership Initiative: Interview with Fletcher Page

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CSE Community Organizer Britney Nesbit interviewed Fletcher Page, Assistant Director of the Gender Benders (GBs) and member of CSE’s Trans Leadership Initiative.  Fletcher Page is a 24-year-old Trans man living in Greenville, South Carolina where he was born and raised. Fletcher has served as Assistant Director of the Gender Benders (GBs) for the past three years. This volunteer…

Train the Trainers

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Eighteen grassroots organizers and professionals – the majority of them identifying as trans or gender non-conforming – joined together over the weekend of December 2-4 to workshop their own trainings on trans issues. The gathering of Southern LGBTQ activists, which came to be known as  “Train the Trainer”, was hosted by the GenderBenders in collaboration with Campaign…

Taking Charge in the South: An Interview with Daroneshia Duncan

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By Britney Nesbit, Community Organizer/Tzedek Social Justice Fellow, Campaign for Southern Equality As a self-identified female illusionist, pageant expert, HIV treatment and prevention specialist, Daroneshia Duncan is a one-of-a-kind southern force to be reckoned with. After experiencing a wide range of barriers on her path to coming into her own, she wanted to create a place…