Helping to Move People and Places out of Poverty

Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

  • We Must Do Better: MRBF's Statement on the Recent Violence

    The board and staff of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation are profoundly saddened by the recent violence in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas. Like much of the country, we were appalled and deeply troubled by the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the five officers in Dallas.

    These compounded tragedies reflect the ingrained racism that has tarnished our nation for centuries...

  • Envisioning a New Appalachia

    Once a year, the Babcock Foundation travels to a location within our funding footprint to learn from our grantee partners where they work. I always look forward to these trips because they afford us the opportunity to engage with our partners on the ground and meet with some of their constituents and other local residents. To be in their communities, to hear their stories, to see the lay of...

    Coalfield Development Corporation, WV
  • Social media campaign puts human faces on Medicaid cuts

    Faced with the prospect of deep budget cuts, MRBF grantee partner Alabama Arise Citizens' Policy Project teamed up with allies to launch a social media campaign aimed at letting Alabamians share what Medicaid means to their families. #IamMedicaid has spread rapidly, galvanizing people statewide and catching the attention of several media outlets. MRBF invited Arise Policy Director Jim...

  • Joint Op-Ed: Inclusion is the key to working together

    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation strives to help move people and places out of poverty and achieve greater social and economic justice across the South. We firmly believe the best solutions to a community’s challenges come from the people within that community.

    As such, we are dismayed by the recent spate of laws across the region preempting municipalities’ attempts to address...

  • MRBF Joins Divest Invest Movement

    In addition to making grants to organizations across the South, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation achieves positive impact by aligning our financial investments with our mission of moving people and places out of poverty. The Foundation recognizes that climate change has disproportionate impacts on low-wealth people and communities of color across the American South, the nation and...

    Father and daughter fishing on Gulf Coast