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"Southern Partners Fund Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence in Philanthropy with Inaugural Launch of the Social Justice Institute"

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Atlanta, GA - Southern Partners Fund (SPF) celebrates 10 years of excellence in philanthropy in the Southeast with its inaugural launch of the Social Justice Institute (SJI) on November 21. All activities including a full day of workshops and awards gala recognizing some of the most renowned civil rights leaders and humanitarians in the South will take place at the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel.

SPF is a public foundation (501c3) committed to social change and equity for individuals and communities in the South. The organization’s mission is to support rural Southern communities and organizations seeking social, economic, and environmental justice by providing them with financial resources, technical assistance, training, and access to systems of information and power.

The Launch event, “Organizing Power: The Force of Change in the South” will include a full day of workshops addressing relevant social justice topics, an armchair discussion with leaders in the fields of community organizing, philanthropy, and social change movements, and features keynote speaker Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery. Hailed as the "Dean of the Civil Rights Movement", Dr. Lowery represents a legacy of service and commitment to the nonviolent struggle for the causes of justice, human rights, economic equality, voting rights, peace and human dignity. He delivered the benediction at President Obama's inauguration and is the recent recipient of The Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Southern Partners Fund will present Dr. Lowery with a Humanitarian Award at the evening event for the Launch, the Social Justice Leadership and Humanitarian Awards Dinner and Gala. Some of the South’s key social change leaders representing philanthropy, grassroots organizing, and service to humanity will also be honored including legendary civil rights activist and President & CEO of the Trumpet Awards Foundation, Ms. Xernona Clayton, as well as R&B star Ne-Yo and his nonprofit organization, the Compound Foundation for supporting and creating opportunities to be successful for youth in the child welfare system. Additionally, the newly formed youth ensemble the Ken Ford Strings and the Ballethnic Dance Company will provide entertainment for the evening and Atlanta’s WSB-TV anchor and reporter, Ms. Jovita Moore will be Mistress of Ceremonies.

Southern Partners Fund invites community partners, philanthropic and business leaders, HBCU and other college and university colleagues, nonprofit professionals, grassroots organizers, and young leaders to share in the excitement of this inaugural event! Sponsorship opportunities for the Launch are available!
For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, please visit the website ( or call 404-541-9091 ext. 13. Media wishing to cover or to schedule interviews with the honorees, please contact Diane Larche’, 404 273-3227 or

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