Leadership and Membership

Steering Committee:

GSP is led by an active Steering Committee:

  • LaTosha Brown — Project Director, Grantmakers for Southern Progress
  • Flozell Daniels — President & CEO, Foundation for Louisiana 
  • Henry Der — NEO Philanthropy
  • Lavastian Glenn — Program Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation 
  • Felicia Lucky — Executive Director, Black Belt Community Foundation
  • Nat Chioke Williams — Executive Director, Hill-Snowdon Foundation 
  • Fernando Cuervas — Executive Director, Southern Partners Fund
  • Joe Burris — Program Officer, Marguerite Casey Foundation 

Program Committee:

GSP’s Program Committee meets six times/year, with representation from a number of other foundations. The Program Committee’s work is focused on:

  • The dissemination strategy for As the South Goes.
  • The action plan for GSP’s on-the-ground programming that emerges from As the South Goes.
  • The program plan for general GSP educational events for 2013: webinars, conference sessions, learning tours.
  • Fielding requests from members for our sponsorship, or co-hosting, of other programs, including from Committee members themselves.

Membership in GSP:

Grantmakers for Southern Progress welcomes foundations, individual donors and philanthropic advisors as members.  The working group is member-driven and member-led, which means that the primary benefit of membership is being able to shape the direction of GSP in concert with colleagues from the South and nationally.  It also means that GSP is member-funded, through sponsorships.

Criteria for Membership:

  • Commitment to GSP’s goals of increasing the amount of investment in social change and social justice in the South as well as the strategic collaboration among funders who fund in the South.
  • In addition to sharing our goals, members are expected to engage through consistent participation in GSP programs (webinars, teleconferences, learning tours, conference sessions) and participation in one or more of GSP’s Committees (e.g., Program, Steering). There is no membership fee to join GSP.  As an organization that is member-driven and member-led, we aim for our members to also serve as financial sponsors of GSP. This is on a volunteer basis and according to interest and capacity.

Current members of the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) are automatically eligible to be members of GSP.  While not a criterion for membership, GSP encourages our members to join NFG, because of the value that NFG brings to the field of social change and social justice work nationally, thus benefiting good work in the South.

GSP Membership Benefits:

  • Most importantly -- engagement with colleagues towards shared goals of increasing social change work in the South, through increased philanthropic activity or more strategically coordinated efforts.
  • Multiple avenues for deepening understanding of the South and the funding opportunities in the region.
  • Opportunities to leverage resources with philanthropic colleagues in GSP.
  • Opportunities to create and participate in ad hoc working groups specific to interests.
  • Access to resources on the GSP website, including notes or content from past GSP funder briefings.
  • Priority for having session ideas included in conferences or other events.
  • Priority for participation in GSP learning tours or conference sessions.
  • Access to a database of organizations in the South dedicated to Southern Progress (in development).

For more information on how to get involved, and for any questions, contact LaTosha Brown, GSP Project Director, at latosha@nfg.org.