In recent years, Southern philanthropy has become increasingly adept at recognizing the systemic issues that prevent people from fully participating and prospering. Still, many challenges remain: Disparities in health, education and other measures of well-being persist. Marginalized populations still face discrimination. Polarization continues to threaten our democracy and even our planet’s future.
But philanthropy simply cannot afford to be discouraged – too much is at stake to slow down or take a step back. We must keep moving forward, and we must do it together.
By moving forward together, Southern philanthropy can act as a unifying force for good and a source of leadership in our communities and our region. We are diverse, but we are not divided – we all share a powerful commitment to the communities of our region and to improving people’s lives.
At Philanthropy Southeast’s 54th Annual Meeting, we will focus on this shared commitment and how we can leverage the power of both our diversity and our determination to make the South a better place for all.