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Advancing Democracy in the Heart of the South
FCCP members and our extended philanthropic network have diverse theories of change, yet one thread ties us together: the belief that a healthy democracy is critical to realizing a more just and equitable society. This shared belief drove our collective investments in civic engagement and democracy-reform efforts during the 2016 election cycle, and it will ground our strategies as we pivot toward the new challenges, policy fights and elections which lie ahead. So, let’s get to work together!
Please join us this May as we return to the South at yet another important point in our struggle for a more representative and well-functioning democracy. Set in Atlanta, Georgia – the “heartbeat” of the Southeast – we will draw inspiration from the communities of color that lie at the center of the region’s economic, social and political vitality. Together we will examine the dynamics so prominently featured in the Southeast that will shape our nation’s future: rising populism and nationalism; rapid demographic change; voting-rights challenges; the undue influence of money in politics; battles over racial, gender and LGBTQ equality; criminal justice flashpoints; urban and rural divides; widening socioeconomic gaps; gerrymandered political districts; Census hard-to-count areas; environmental justice challenges and so much more.
Against this fertile backdrop of people and place, FCCP will unite grantmakers, thought leaders and changemakers in strategic dialogue to discuss our challenges, learn from shining examples of work that is having an impact on our democracy and equitable participation, and identify opportunities for collaboration as we move forward together for a stronger democracy.
2017 Convening Goals
Network, Dine + Explore at the Center for Civil & Human Rights
Meet Our Keynote
Agenda Print Version
Meet the Planning Committee
Open Society Foundations
Northwest Health Foundation
National Education Association
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Southestern Council on Foundations
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Sapelo Foundation
Georgia Alliance for Progress
Thank You, Sponsors!
Session sponsors: Bauman Foundation, JPB Foundation, Northwest Health Foundation, Turner Foundation, Voqal, and Z Smith Reynolds Foundation
As with all FCCP events, the subject matter is strictly limited to non-partisan discussion as outlined in the agenda.