The Delta Grassroots Caucus (DGC) is a broad coalition of grassroots leaders in the eight-state Delta region. DGC is also a founding partner of the Economic Equality Caucus,
which advocates for economic equality across the USA.

Clinton School of Public Service Awarded Major Grant for Work in the Delta

Posted on December 01, 2010 at 01:35 PM

The Clinton School of Public Service has a great record of constructive work for the Delta region. The Delta Grassroots Caucus would like to convey a statement from the Clinton School about a major grant that their Public Service Center on Community Philanthropy recently received that will be focused on the Delta region.

James “Skip” Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service, has devoted constructive and highly meritorious attention to the Delta region from the time of the Clinton administration’s Delta Regional Initiative to the present, and we greatly appreciate his leadership.

The Clinton School of Public Service will host the opening session of our annual conference on Thursday evening, May 5, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dean Rutherford always does a great job as host of the opening session. The conference continues the next day, Friday, May 6, 2011 at the Great Hall of the Clinton Library from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will be sending out more information about the conference as we get closer to the time of the event.

Congratulations to the Clinton School of Public Service! Lee Powell, executive director, MDGC (202) 360-6347; website at

News Release, November 30, 2010 For more information: Ben Beaumont, 501-683-5238 Wireless phone: 501-454-2779

Clinton School Center on Community Philanthropy awarded major grant

LITTLE ROCK – The Center on Community Philanthropy at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service has received a $750,000 grant to fund efforts to study and promote philanthropy that fosters healthy, equitable communities.

Provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Mich., the grant will help the center spawn an increase in community philanthropy by promoting strategies that build new models, innovations and collaborations to improve the conditions of vulnerable children and families. The center will focus its efforts in the impoverished Mississippi River Delta region.

“The work of our center aligns perfectly with the mission of the Kellogg Foundation to support vulnerable children, families and communities in the Delta region,” said Charlotte L. Williams, director of the Center on Community Philanthropy. “We are grateful to the foundation for its continued support and we look forward to putting these funds to work for communities in need.”

The grant will provide primary funding for the center’s operations over the next five years. Efforts planned by the center include hosting national and regional meetings of scholars and leaders in community philanthropy; expanding community assessment services for targeted populations; researching and promoting public policy solutions for vulnerable communities; and working with community foundations to recruit leaders and donors to support philanthropic initiatives.

Launched in 2007, the center was created to focus its teaching, research and policy-making exclusively on the emerging field of giving and sharing in a community context.

The center has undertaken projects such as an assessment of community services in Pine Bluff, Ark., establishing partnerships to train leaders in rural Arkansas communities and hosting a series of “visiting scholars” who research and discuss issues related to community philanthropy.

“In these challenging economic times, the work of the Center on Community Philanthropy is only growing in importance,” said Clinton School Dean Skip Rutherford. “As public and private funding for development declines, communities must continue to generate philanthropy from within. This grant will help the center continue to promote such efforts across our region.”

Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and southern Africa. For further information, please visit the Foundation’s website at

The University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service is the first school in the nation to offer a Master of Public Service degree, helping students gain the knowledge and experience to further their careers in the areas of nonprofit, governmental, volunteer or private sector service. For more information, visit