Who We Are

The Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia (East Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and West Virginia).  ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address the underlying cause of poverty and oppression. ACF awards grants to community-based organizations working for social, economic, racial and environmental justice.  Since 1987, ACF has granted over $6.5 million dollars to more than 300 grassroots organizations working on social change in Central Appalachia.


Alabama‘s Black Belt stretches across the middle of the state from Mississippi almost to the Georgia line. Rich in human, religious, geographic and political diversity, the Black Belt got its name from the region’s rich, dark soil. It is also home to the highest percentage of African Americans in Alabama .  Founded in 2004 with the idea that those living and working in the Black Belt best knew the area’s challenges and opportunities, the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) actively puts needed resources into the region that make a lasting impact.


Truthspeaks Consulting is a philanthropic advisory group and consulting business that specializes in professional facilitation, program design, organizational development, capacity building, resource development and technical assistance to foundations and non-profit organizations across the nation with a particular focus on the U.S. south. With more than 20 years of experience in the field of social justice and social impact philanthropy.

The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC/the Fund) 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 the Fund fosters social change initiated by community-based groups in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.  Since it began in 1981, FSC has awarded thousands of grants, totaling over $7 million to groups around the nation and internationally.   FSC works with small, grassroots organizations that often are isolated from the larger movement networks and rely on individual volunteers – people directly affected by the injustices they are addressing.   Grantee partners serve approximately 20,000 people each year.