"Bringing Justice to Criminal Justice—How Communities are Organizing"

Fund for Southern Communities - 20th Anniversary Membership Conference

July 27-28, 2001

Durham Marriot at the Civic Center

201 Foster St, Durham, NC

Keynote Speaker: Richard Burr
Anti-Death Penalty Attorney and

former Director, Criminal Justice Project
NAACP Legal Defense Fund

Overview Keynote Workshops Agenda
Host Committee Registration Scholarships Housing
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About the Conference

Join the diverse membership of the Fund for Southern Communities for a weekend of good politics, good learning, good music, and good fun.

Help FSC celebrate 20 years of "Change, Not Charity" ™

Combining training workshops with political strategy sessions and loads of multi-cultural performances has become the signature of membership gatherings of the Fund for Southern Communities.

*Meet organizing groups from throughout Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina

*Community groups meet with foundation representatives.

*Individual donors participate in political discussions with groups organizing on some of the most critical issues in our region

*Board members learn critical skills toward effectively leading organizations

Meet the Funders: Representatives of National, Regional and NC foundations will talk about their grantmaking, and how to effectively approach them for funding. There will be both a panel discussion and individual table discussions with each foundation.

Anticipated participants include: Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Golden Leaf Foundation, Presbyterian Self-Development of People, North Carolina Community Shares, Triangle Community Foundation, Warner Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and others.

Keynote Speaker: Anti-Death Penalty Attorney Richard Burr. Former Director of the Criminal Justice Project of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in NYC, Burr is one of the nation’s leading legal opponents of the Death Penalty. Currently working out of Texas, the state with more people on Death Row than any other, Burr consults with attorneys and community groups nation-wide on strategies to end the Death Penalty in the US. Recently he was a member of the Defense Team on the Timothy McVeigh case.


  • New Tools for Fundraising; fundraisinginfo.com
  • An overview of strategies to incorporate the Internet into your fundraising work. Research, public relations, communications, can all be enhanced with effective Internet usage.
  • Globalization—It’s Impact on Our Communities; Project South
  • Project South, a leader in Popular Education, will coordinate a session designed to help community leaders understand, and share with their communities, the impact that the new policies of economic globalization are having in local communities in the US, and what can be done through local organizing.
  • Building Strong Boards—How to Be An Effective Board Member
  • Peer trainers with the Southern Rural Development Initiative will be leading a workshop to help Board members gain skills and understanding of some of the most important aspects of providing responsible leadership for a community group. From legal and financial responsibilities to maintaining the vision and values of a group, this workshop will help Board members clarify their role, and provide the vital leadership community groups need to flourish.

Conference Agenda

Friday, July 27

1 PM: Registration Opens

2 PM –Pre-Conference Session: "Meet the Funders" – Panel Discussion and Personal Conversations with Foundation Staff. Anticipated participants include: Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Golden Leaf Foundation, Presbyterian Self-Development of People, North Carolina Community Shares, Triangle Community Foundation, Warner Foundation, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and others.


Saturday, July 28

8:30 AM – Registration Opens

9:00 – 9:45 Opening Plenary--Greetings

10 – 12 Workshops:

New Tools for Fundraising—How to Use the Internet

"Globalization—It’s Impact on Our Communities"—Project South

"Building Strong Boards"—Critical Lessons For Board Members

12:30 – 2:00 20th Anniversary Luncheon

2:30 – 4:00 Plenary panel: "Bringing Justice to Criminal Justice"

Participate in a discussion on community organizing efforts on a range of issues, including the Death Penalty, Racial Profiling, Youth Detention & Mental Health

Moderator: Jack Bogar, UNC Law School

Panelists: Naomi Swinton, Grassroots Leadership

Willena Cannon, Jubilee 2000

Chris Fitzsimons, Common Sense Foundation

Tony Mercer

4:30– 6:00 Small group discussions:

Organizing Against the Death Penalty

Economic Alternatives to the Prison Industry

Youth/Race & Criminal Justice

Latinos and Criminal Justice

Mental Health & the Criminal Justice System

Environmental Justice Caucus

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Caucus

6:30 Dinner & Keynote Address

Speaker: Richard Burr, Anti-Death Penalty Attorney

Former Director of Criminal Justice Project; NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Member of Timothy McVeigh Defense Team

Registration Information

Yes, Please register me for:

___ Full Conference @ $ 60.

___ Friday, Meet the Funders, only @ $ 10.

___ Saturday only, includes workshops, @ $ 50.

lunch & dinner




City:__________________ State:______ ZIP:_______

Phone:_______________ FAX:_______________


Registration fees enclosed: __________________

Additional contribution for scholarship assistance for low income participants: ___________________

Total enclosed: __________________

Mail checks payable to: Fund for Southern Communities

4285-G Memorial Drive

Decatur, GA 30032


Limited scholarships are available. For additional information: call 404 292-7600, or email: fund4south@mindspring.com


Make your own reservations. Conference rates of $69/room, up to 4 people, are available at the Durham Marriot at the Civic Center, 201 Foster St. Identify yourself as an FSC conference participant. Availability limited; first-come, first-served. Call 1 800 228-9290 for reservations.

Host Committee

Calvin Allen

Marty Belin

John Bell

Farnum Brown

Shirley Drechsel

Martin Eakes

Westy Fenhagen

Joe Herzenberg

Easter Maynard

Alan McGregor

Mary Mountcastle

Jim Overton

Steve Schewel

Lao Rupert

Jane Stein

Adam Stein

Marnie Thompson

Stephen Johnson

Jenny Warburg


Mission Statement: The Fund for Southern Communities is a public foundation that supports and unites organizations and donors working to create just and sustainable communities that are free of oppression and that embrace and celebrate all people. Through grantmaking and related activities we foster social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Contact us: 404 292-7600, or email: fund4south@mindspring.com

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