Z Smith Reynolds Foundation



Group Description
Student Action with Farmworkers
Center for Responsible Lending
Reinvestment Partners
Appalachian Voices
Conservation Trust for NC
NC Common Cause
Beloved Community Center
NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA)
Blueprint NC
ACLU-NC Legal Foundation Inc
Fair Trial Initiative
El Pueblo
Equality NC Foundation
NARAL Pro-Choice NC Foundation
NC Advocates for Justice Foundation
NC Council of Churches
Democracy NC
Institute for Southern Studies
NC Center for Voter Education
NC Conservation Network
NC Environmental Defense Fund (NCEDF)
NC League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV)
NC Association of Community Development Corporations
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
NC Coalition to End Homelessness
NC Policy Watch

NC Policy Watch is the media project of the NC Justice Center. The Justice Center considers itself the "state’s preeminent voice for economic, social and political justice." Without a doubt it is one the largest if not the most liberal and radical activist groups in North Carolina.

The NC Justice Center has served as an incubator for new liberal groups and projects, including the network of groups, Together NC and Blueprint NC, the umbrella group created to decide where Z. Smith Reynolds grant dollars would be spent. The Justice Center was picked to be the "administrative home" for Blueprint NC in the mid 2000's by Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation because, according to a report titled the "State Strategies Fund," Blueprint had been created as a "strategic initiative" and its focus would be on "collaborative change." The report went on to explain that the "Justice Center, because of its scale and the close alignment of its interests and values with those of Blueprint” it would serve as its administrative organization. In the beginning, the Justice Center employed the Blueprint staff and received the grants made for Blueprint's work. In addition the Justice Center exercised oversight over Blueprint's budgets.

As a result of the Justice Center's assistance, Blueprint NC went on to gain notoriety with their strategy memo that directed their members to "eviscerate, mitigate, litigate, cogitate and agitate" the state's leadership in 2013.

NC Latino Coalition
NC Fair Share Community Development Corporation
The Institute (formerly – NC Institute of Minority Economic Development)
NC Justice Center
NC Budget and Tax Center
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund
NC Child
Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Carolina Justice Policy Center
Center for Participatory Change
Action NC
Environment NC
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
WakeUP Wake County Inc
Planned Parenthood of Central NC
Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL)
Campaign for Southern Equality
Corporation for Enterprise Development
CHANGE (Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment)
Clean Energy Durham
Clean Water for NC
Concerned Citizens of Tillery
Durham CAN
Public Schools First NC
NC Housing Coalition
Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central NC
Planned Parenthood Health Systems
Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
Disability Rights NC
Latin American Coalition
NC Community Development Initiative
NC League of Conservation Voters Foundation
The Support Center
Triangle Community Foundation
Western North Carolina Workers Center
Clean Air Carolina
Earthshare NC
NC Sustainable Energy Association
Haw River Assembly
Mountain True
Southern Environmental Law Center – SELC
Yadkin Riverkeeper
Cape Fear River Watch
NC Wildlife Federation
White Oak – New Riverkeeper Alliance
Waccamaw Riverkeeper
Catawba Riverkeeper
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions – Duke University
UNC-CH Law School Center for Civil Rights
Legal Aid of North Carolina


The Mapping the Left project would not be complete without a Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation network. The Foundation is key to every move made by the political Left in North Carolina. So whether the foundation has provided funds in the way of grants or whether an organization claims an alliance with Z. Smith Reynolds they will be included in this network.


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