The Southern Reconstruction Fund

Host Organization: Southern Reconstruction Fundmdi-circle-small Wilmington, DE, US mdi-circle-small


Even with the hard-fought efforts of the Civil Rights Movement, the disastrous effects of slavery and the toxic aftermath of a country fractured by hatred have shaped the South and ignored its deepest suffering. Until we address these wounds, not just with empathy, but with action, the full promise of America will remain unfulfilled. The Southern Reconstruction Fund will take up that unfinished legacy and accelerate place-based community change across the South by facilitating transformative investments, connections, and technical assistance in up to six southern communities. Our investment approach, (W)Health Capital, is rooted in an understanding of the racialized history and power dynamics of the American South. The scale, flexibility and patience of our investments will directly challenge the region’s history of extraction and enable a broadly defined community asset building agenda.

Southern communities have long been subject to overstudy and underinvestment. It is time for the people who live, work, worship, and raise their families in these spaces to be adequately capitalized so they can set the vision and direction for their own destinies.

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The Southern Reconstruction Fund is privileged to steward and invest gifts entrusted to us by families, foundations, corporations and individuals committed to bolstering wealth creation, social mobility, and better health outcomes for those most affected by unjust American policies across the South. We partner with communities with at least 100,000 residents, a 30% or more minority population, and close proximity to a minority-serving institution.

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