What and Where We Fund

Hope Enterprise Corporation (2017)

Amount: $100,000
End Year: 2018
Jackson, MS

Since 1994, Hope has pursued a mission of improving lives, building assets and strengthening communities in the Mississippi Delta and other economically distressed parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee, a region synonymous with entrenched poverty and a legacy of racial inequality. These conditions require that economic and social justice be deeply embedded in Hope's work.

Hope's primary means of fulfilling its mission is providing affordable, responsible financial services and related support that helps vulnerable people and communities prosper; and shaping policies, practices and systems that benefit those our target constituents; and by engaging in strategic partnerships that strengthen and effectiveness and leverage additional resources. These activities are constantly informed and anchored by purposeful engagement with Hope's member-owners and other local stakeholders. This grant supports Hope's Policy Institute.

Hope Enterprise Corporation (2016)

Amount: $500,000
End Year: 2018
Jackson, MS

The mission of the Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Federal Credit Union is to strengthen communities, build assets and improve lives in economically distressed areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and the Greater Memphis area of Tennessee. The PRI provides support by giving low-wealth people access to affordable, high quality financial products and related services that will enable them to achieve a better quality of life.

Institute for Southern Studies (2017)

Amount: $150,000
End Year: 2019
Durham, NC

The mission of the Institute for Southern Studies is to expose injustice, strengthen democracy and build a community of change to promote a more equitable, democratic and sustainable South. Through public interest media, strategic research and education and outreach initiatives, the Institute links people to information, analysis and ideas to build a better future in the South. The Institute's core constituency are community leaders, policy advocates, public officials, funders, the media and other change makers in 13 Southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia). This grant provides general operating support. 

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy

Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (2017)

Amount: $50,000
End Year: 2018
Washington, DC

The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works on federal, state and local tax policy issues. ITEP is committed to making the nation’s tax systems more fair and sustainable, raising enough revenue to fund our common priorities while ensuring tax codes help improve rather than exacerbate income inequality. ITEP has a particular focus on how tax policy affects low- and moderate-income populations. This grant provides project support.

Kentucky Coalition (2016)

Amount: $200,000
End Year: 2018
London, KY

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) is a statewide citizen’s organization that works with its sister organization, Kentucky Coalition, for a new balance of power and a just society.
KFTC works to build strength individually and as a group to find solutions to real life problems. This grant supports general operations.

Kentucky Coalition (2018)

Amount: $300,000
End Year: 2020
London, KY

The Kentucky Coalition is a statewide citizens' organization that works with its sister organization, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, for a new balance of power and a just society.

LiftFund

LiftFund (2017)

Amount: $75,000
End Year: 2018
San Antonio, TX

LiftFund is a Community Development Financial Institution with a mission of providing credit and financial education to small businesses that do not have access to capital from typical lending sources, and to provide leadership and innovation to the small business and micro-lending industry on a national level. This grant provides general operating support.

Louisiana Budget Project (2017)

Amount: $150,000
End Year: 2019
Baton Rouge, LA

The Louisiana Budget Project monitors and reports on public policy and how it affects Louisiana’s low- to moderate-income families. The organization’s mission is to provide sound analysis of state fiscal issues to promote economic prosperity, a rising standard of living and the opportunity for all citizens to reach their highest potential. This grant provides general operating support.

MDC, Inc. (2017)

Amount: $300,000
End Year: 2019
Durham, NC

MDC helps organizations and communities close the gaps that separate people from opportunity as a “think and do” tank that brings together foundations, nonprofits, and leaders from government, business and the grassroots to illuminate data that highlight deeply rooted Southern challenges and help them apply systemic, community solutions. This grant provides general operating and project support. 

Metanoia CDC

Metanoia Community Development Corporation (2016)

Amount: $150,000
End Year: 2018
North Charleston, SC

Metanoia Community Development Corporation invests in neighborhood assets to build leaders, establish quality housing and generate economic development. This grant supports general operations.

Mississippi Center for Justice (2017)

Amount: $100,000
End Year: 2018
Jackson, MS

The mission of the Mississippi Center for Justice is to marshal legal resources to reshape the state’s institutions, policies and markets to achieve racial and economic justice, human dignity and opportunity for all Mississippians. This grant provides general operating support.

Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative (2017)

Amount: $50,000
End Year: 2018
Biloxi, MS

The Mississippi Low-Income Child Care Initiative’s mission is to improve the child care assistance program serving low-income working parents and strengthen the financial viability of the child care centers that serve them. This grant provides general operating support.

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (2016)

Amount: $550,000
End Year: 2018
Berea, KY

Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED) works with people in eastern Kentucky and Central Appalachia to create economic opportunity, strengthen democracy and support the sustainable use of natural resources. MACED's goal for the region is a sustainable economy that meets the needs of low-income people and protects natural resources. This grant supports a just transition to a new, sustainable economy driven by local entrepreneurs and fueled by safe, affordable energy.

New American Pathways

New American Pathways (2018)

Amount: $25,000
End Year: 2020
Atlanta, GA

New American Pathways’ mission is to help refugees and Georgia thrive. The organization provides a comprehensive, fully integrated continuum of services targeted to meet the needs of refugees and other immigrants in Georgia. NAP’s vision is for new Americans in metro Atlanta to become successful, contributing and welcomed members of Georgia’s communities.

New Opportunities Vision and Achievement Workforce Development Institute of Northeast Louisiana (2017)

Amount: $100,000
End Year: 2018
Monroe, LA

NOVA is a partnership operating in northeast Louisiana. The partners are Northern and Central Louisiana interfaith, local business leaders, local and state governments and Louisiana Delta Community College (regional locations include Ouachita, East Carroll, Madison and Morehouse). NOVA is dedicated to being a workforce intermediary that connects local residents to training and support that moves participants to living-wage jobs with career paths and benefits. The NOVA partnership is dedicated to creating a new middle class in Northeast Louisiana from local residents in collaboration with local employers and local training providers. This grant provides general operating support. 

North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations (2018)

Amount: $220,000
End Year: 2020
Durham, NC

The North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations is a dynamic, statewide, nonpartisan, broad-based network made up of grassroots Latino organizations (congregations, community centers, associations and labor unions) whose mission is to empower Latino immigrants throughout North Carolina and help their institutions become more relevant and effective. 

North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations (2016)

Amount: $150,000
End Year: 2018
Durham, NC

The North Carolina Congress of Latino Organizations is a statewide, nonpartisan, broad-based network made of grassroots Latino organizations (congregations, community centers, associations and labor unions), whose mission is to empower Latino immigrants throughout North Carolina, and to help their institutions become more relevant and effective. This grant supports general operations.

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition (2017)

Amount: $20,000
End Year: 2018
Huntington, WV

The Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition’s mission is to maintain a grassroots organization that improves and preserves the environment and communities through organizing, public education, coalition building, leadership development, strategic litigation, media outreach, and promoting sustainable alternatives. The organization works primarily in the state of West Virginia. This grant provides general operating support.

Partnership for Southern Equity (2018)

Amount: $200,000
End Year: 2020
Atlanta, GA

Partnership for Southern Equity advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South.  

Power Coalition (2017)

Amount: $200,000
End Year: 2019
Baton Rouge, LA

Power seeks to work with communities statewide to impact their local realities and the current regressive policy trajectory being led by the Deep South. Power works to engage community on the ground with other advocacy and base-building groups to deepen its work in community with a stronger emphasis on building power through voter education, engagement and mobilization. Power is laser focused in the identification of the constituencies it targets, its capacity to engage them and strategies for effectively mobilizing them. Power recognizes the need to engage a constituency so that it is not only a convener of organizations (Power Coalition) but also a peer collaborator in the civic engagement cohort it is developing. This grant provides general operating support.