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This report focuses on the role Southern philanthropy can play in addressing racism, poverty, and inequality by supporting education and workforce improvement. "Framing the Conversation" takes input from George Autry (MDC), William Bynum (Enterprise Corporation of the Delta), Lynn Walker Huntley (Southern Education Foundation), and Martin Lehfeldt (Southeastern Council of Foundations) on the philanthropic agenda to address these issues. A section on philanthropy documents: (1) efforts of the Lyndhurst Foundation to engage more fully in public life by supporting quality public education, decent and affordable housing, and community revitalization efforts in Chattanooga, Tennessee; (2) reflections of duPont Fund Executive Director Sherry Magill on lessons learned in Jacksonville, Florida, about creating "safe space" for difficult conversations, the role of racist history, engaging the corporate community, access to power, and public education; and (3) lessons learned during the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation's efforts to move from project-based grantmaking to comprehensive capacity building. A section on education includes: (1) BellSouth Foundation's evaluation process preceding a 5-year grantmaking program targeting teacher education and educational reform; (2) the Rural Community College Initiative to provide rural access to educational opportunity; and (3) an essay by Dr. Norman Francis on the legacy of historically black colleges and universities. A section on workforce development describes the New Orleans Jobs Initiative; Dr. Robert M. Franklin's views on the role of religious institutions in promoting workforce development; and the Foundation of the Mid South efforts to develop opportunities for progressive change in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi in the areas of economic development, education, and families and children. (SAS)

Descriptors: Black Education, Change Strategies, Community Development, Economic Development, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Institutional Cooperation, Labor Force Development, Philanthropic Foundations, Poverty, Private Financial Support, Racial Discrimination, Social Problems, Teacher Education

Autor: Notes From the Field, n6 Fall 1998


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