Advocacy Philanthropy in the Gulf/Midsouth Yields Substantial Returns for Underserved Communities

posted on: May 11, 2011

Many in philanthropy don’t think of the Gulf/Midsouth as a good place to invest grant dollars.

Yet, advocacy and community organizing by 20 nonprofit organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi over a five-year period has brought more than $4.7 billion in benefits to low-wage workers, low-income students and other neglected populations.

That’s one of the findings in NCRP’s latest report, Strengthening Democracy, Increasing Opportunities: Impacts of Advocacy, Organizing and Civic Engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth Region written by Frontline Solutions.

More on our findings

Our research showed a $114 return for every dollar spent on the groups’ advocacy and community organizing efforts.

It’s pretty impressive numbers considering the poverty, lack of resources and other challenges faced everday by these nonprofits and their communities.

In the report, you’ll also find:

  • Key innovative strategies utilized by the 20 nonprofits to get results.
  • Unique circumstances that influence nonprofit policy and civic engagement efforts in the region.
  • Recommendations for grantmakers to support advocacy, community organizing and civic engagement in the Gulf/Midsouth more effectively.
  • List of funders that provided support to the featured nonprofits.

Meet the Nonprofits

Below are the 20 nonprofits featured in the report:






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