Leading With Courage

RESEARCH & DATA Leading With Courage

Leading With Courage: Reshaping Southern Philanthropy for a New Era shines a spotlight on the innovative leaders and organizations that are charting a new course for philanthropy in the South – one that has the potential to transform our field for years to come.

In this report, we explore:

  • The cultural, social, and political forces that are influencing Southern communities and the philanthropic organizations that serve them.
  • How Southern foundations are centering their work around equity.
  • Pioneering approaches to grantmaking and community leadership.
  • Emerging funding structures that are working alongside traditional philanthropy to approach social change in exciting new ways.
  • How a new generation of leaders is bringing diverse perspectives and new ideas to traditional organizations.
  • The trends and dynamics that will define our Southern philanthropy in the future.

Our goal is to elevate those who are pushing the boundaries of traditional philanthropy in pursuit of a more equitable and prosperous South.

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The new report from Philanthropy Southeast that examines the forces influencing Southern communities and looks at the ways philanthropy is adapting to meet the region’s evolving needs.

Leading With Courage: Reshaping Southern Philanthropy for a New Era


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Want to order hard copies? Philanthropy Southeast members can obtain copies of the report by contacting Stephen Sherman, director of research and data, at stephen@philanthropysoutheast.orgAct fast – supplies are limited!

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Our March 30, 2023, webinar highlighting the Leading With Courage report includes reflections from these leaders:



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