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Carmen James Randolph

Carmen James Randolph is currently CEO of Women’s Foundation of the South, a foundation founded in 2021 to provide funding to organizations led by and serving women of color in “the South” (the Southern region of the United States). In her role, Carmen makes decisions about where the Foundation will make grants. She is no stranger to the grant making process having spent her entire career working at various grantmakers including the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, the Meyer Foundation, and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. She joined Dave for a two-hour, wide ranging discussion about philanthropy.


According to the the Foundation’s website, “When womxn of color are successful, the entire community thrives. Yet, Southern states consistently fall below the national average in outcomes for womxn in areas like health, legal protection, and economic security. Womxn of Color (WOC) in the South are more likely to have incomes below the federal poverty line, significantly higher maternal mortality and morbidity rates, are less likely to have access to caring, high-quality healthcare and health insurance, or have legal protection from domestic violence, reproductive injustice, and employment discrimination….

The Women’s Foundation of the South (WFS) , led by Carmen James Randolph, is a public foundation led by and working for women and girls of color (WGOC) in the Southern United States

We raise money and invest it in nonprofits and businesses across 13 states as the only permanent foundation dedicated to centering and investing in the collective health, wealth, and power of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Asian womxn and girls across the entire American South.”

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