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Institute for Southern Studies

Posted March 6, 2013 6:44 a.m. EST
Updated January 12, 2015 12:47 p.m. EST

As they describe themselves:  "Since our founding in 1970 by veterans of the civil rights movement, the Institute for Southern Studies has established a national reputation as an essential resource for grassroots activists, community leaders, scholars, policy makers and others working to bring lasting social and economic change to the region...Over 40 years later, the Institute retains our unique place in the movement to build a better South." More here.

On the web: www.southernstudies.org

Affiliates and brands: The institute publishes under its own name as well as that of its magazine, Facing South. 

Network*: Z. Smith Reynolds

Funding: The institute reported raising $360,985 in 2011. The Z. Smith Reynolds foundation provided $161,280 of that.

IRS 990: Institute for Southern Studies 2013 IRS 990

State Information:More information from the Secretary of State's office.

Lobbyist: The institute does not have a registered lobbyist.

Media Profile: The Institute for Southern Studies is primarily a media and research organization. It gets notice for its own work and institute experts are quoted in news stories by other outlets. The group hails from the civil rights movement and is often described as a liberal think tank. Its work has been critical of the Republican-lead legislature and the work of groups associated with Art Pope, a prominent funder of conservative causes.  


* Many of the public policy think tanks and advocacy groups active in North Carolina fall into one of two camps: A liberal circuit with ties to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and a conservative circuit with ties to the John William Pope Foundation. For more, click here.