This paper details findings of an online survey that was completed by seventy representatives of over sixty nonprofit, government, and academic organizations and institutions in the four states of the Southern Black Belt region (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi). The surveyed organizations, which are committed to developing effective strategies for creating greater economic prosperity for all individuals and families in the region, serve a high percentage of low-income African Americans, other minorities, and people with disabilities. The findings suggest that a coordinated network of existing coalitions could be of tremendous benefit to the region. Such a network could facilitate partnerships between coalitions with common goals, and unite all of the coalitions behind a single policy agenda at the regional level.
Gunn, G., Heffern, J., & Edwards, K. (2010). Asset building in the South: Organizations and services (CSD Report No. 10-10). St. Louis, MO: Washington University, Center for Social Development.