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  • Creating new opportunity for communities with innovative lending

    This article originally appeared as a blog post by Virginia Community Capital.

    In 2016, Fahe, a regional Network, financial intermediary, and CDFI, received $50 million in loan awards from the USDA Community Facilities Relending Program to pursue its mission: ending persistent poverty in Appalachia. Among its numerous initiatives, Fahe sought to build several...

    Fahe
  • MRBF opposes LGBTQ religious exemption to equal opportunity clause

    The administration is poised to make it easier for employers to discriminate against LGBTQ people, those seeking reproductive care and women. The Department of Labor has proposed a new rule to grant federal contractors a broad religious exemption to the equal opportunity clause, which would put more than 11.3 million Americans who already suffer from high rates of poverty and workplace...

  • Making the Invisible Visible: the State Priorities Partnership

    Last month, Executive Director Justin Maxson delivered remarks at the State Priorities Partnership 's Summer Leadership Institute. SPP is a network of more than 40 independent, nonprofit research and policy organizations across the country, coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities . They equip lawmakers, journalists, advocates, nonprofits and the public with research and...

    State Priorities Partnership
  • A More Equitable ROI: Deploying our Racial Equity Tool

    As we have been wading deeper into our learning about racial equity and trying to advance opportunity through all aspects of our work, it became apparent we needed some kind of equity tool – a consistent mechanism to guide our thinking about the effects of our actions, from the grants we make to the ways we describe our work. To set about creating this tool, we drew expertise from some of the...

  • Our Partners are Steadfast: MRBF's Statement on Supreme Court Rulings

    The board and staff of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation are relieved the Supreme Court blocked the administration’s plan to place a citizenship question on the 2020 census. As we stated when we signed an amicus brief to the court in April, the question would have depressed response rates among already hard-to-count communities, robbing them of resources and political reputation. It also...