Z Smith Reynolds Foundation


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.



Group Name Group Mission
ACLU-NC Legal Foundation Inc
Action NC
Appalachian Voices
Beloved Community Center
Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League (BREDL)
Blueprint NC
Campaign for Southern Equality
Cape Fear River Watch
Carolina Justice Policy Center
Carolina Public Press

State Sponsored Media

Catawba Riverkeeper
Center for Death Penalty Litigation
Center for Participatory Change
Center for Responsible Lending
CHANGE (Communities Helping All Neighbors Gain Empowerment)
Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
Clean Air Carolina
Clean Energy Durham
Clean Water for NC
Concerned Citizens of Tillery
Conservation Trust for NC
Corporation for Enterprise Development
Democracy NC
Disability Rights NC
Durham CAN
Earthshare NC
El Pueblo
Environment NC
Equality NC Foundation
Fair Trial Initiative
Families Against Mandatory Minimums Foundation
Haw River Assembly
Institute for Southern Studies
Latin American Coalition
Legal Aid of North Carolina

Legal Aid is a Leftist non profit that receives millions of dollars from North Carolina's flagship progressive funder, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

The General Assembly cut funding for Legal Aid of NC in 2017. Legal Aid NC and two other similar groups had already seen their state funding cut to $2.7 million, down from $6.3 million, eight years ago . The 2017 budget provided further cuts to $1.1 million. While Legal Aid of NC suggested that they didn’t understand why their funding was cut by the General Assembly, Tim Moore, Speaker of the State House of Representatives suggested t that the groups were hurting “mom and pop” landlords by filing frivolous motions and other legal tactics that would allow non-paying tenants to remain in a dwelling for longer periods of time. Moore also suggested that private lawyers should be performing more of this civil litigation for free.

Legal Aid NC is housed at the same address as the premier radical-Leftist group The Justice Center and its media outlet, NC Policy Watch.

Peter Gull Gilbert, a lawyer that works for Legal Aid NC was arrested in 2017 in a Durham at a protest-riot that turned destructive. He was one of the protesters that tore down a statue commemorating confederate soldiers who had died in the Civil War.

Legal Aid of NC receives other funding from federal grants, state and local Bar associations, state court fees and charitable organizations. Nearly half of their funding comes from the Federal Legal Services Corporation which is funded by a Congressional Appropriation.

Mountain True
NARAL Pro-Choice NC Foundation
NC Advocates for Justice Foundation
NC Association of Community Development Corporations
NC Budget and Tax Center
NC Center for Voter Education

NC Center for Voter Education is now a part of NC Common Cause

NC Child
NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence
NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA)
NC Coalition to End Homelessness
NC Common Cause
NC Community Development Initiative
NC Conservation Network
NC Council of Churches
NC Environmental Defense Fund (NCEDF)
NC Fair Share Community Development Corporation
NC Housing Coalition
NC Justice Center
NC Latino Coalition
NC League of Conservation Voters (NCLCV)
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 Sustainable Energy Association
NC Wildlife Federation
Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions – Duke University
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence
North Carolinians Against Gun Violence Education Fund
People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
Planned Parenthood Action Fund of Central NC
Planned Parenthood Health
Planned Parenthood of Central NC
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Public Schools First NC
Reinvestment Partners
Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI)

"RAFI cultivates markets, policies, and communities that support thriving, socially just, and environmentally sound family farms."

RAFI looks to the government for loans

Southeast Regional Economic Justice Network
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Southern Environmental Law Center – SELC
Student Action with Farmworkers
The Institute (formerly – NC Institute of Minority Economic Development)
The Support Center
Triangle Community Foundation
UNC-CH Law School Center for Civil Rights
Waccamaw Riverkeeper
WakeUP Wake County Inc
Western North Carolina Workers Center
White Oak – New Riverkeeper Alliance
Yadkin Riverkeeper

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