Our Equity Framework
The Journey to Our Full Potential
For more than 50 years, Philanthropy Southeast members have powered incredible change in communities throughout the Southeastern region and the U.S. Virgin Islands, improving the lives of countless people.
While this work deserves to be celebrated, we cannot be content with where things stand in our region and in the communities our members serve. Philanthropy Southeast’s own research, and that of many others, has revealed the Southeast still suffers from distressing disparities in health, food security, income, education, lifespan, economic stability and other indicators of well-being. The reason for this is clear: Systemic inequity still exists in our region and presents a significant obstacle to philanthropy making a real, lasting impact.
This reality, along with a clear, stated desire from Philanthropy Southeast members for support in addressing the root causes of our challenges, prompted the creation of this Equity Framework. Going forward, Philanthropy Southeast will integrate this framework into our existing programs, benefits and services. It will serve as the foundation for our work going forward and has been designed so that our members can help guide its implementation and evolution while also deciding how it can best support their own organizations and leadership.