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  • Selma: A Shining Moment in the Conscience of Man

    This week, the nation’s attention will turn to the South as 100,000 people alight on Selma, Alabama. The crowds commemorating the 50 th anniversary of Bloody Sunday will include U.S. presidents, members of Congress, civil rights heroes, grassroots organizers, celebrities, blacks and whites, Democrats and Republicans, rich and poor.

    The pilgrims will pause to remember the day law...

  • Reframing the Issue: Inside the 2014 West Virginia water crisis

    On January 9, 2014, 300,000 people in and around Charleston, West Virginia, woke up to a licorice-like odor emanating from their tap water. Thousands of gallons of coal-processing chemicals had spilled into the Elk River, plunging nine counties into a state of emergency. Health officials issued warnings against drinking, cooking with or bathing in the water.

    Government leaders were...

  • New Executive Director Named at Babcock

    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation is pleased to welcome Justin Maxson as its new Executive Director. Maxson’s leadership experience and dedication to helping communities achieve greater social and economic justice will be profound assets to the Foundation.

    Since 2002, Maxson has served as President of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Kentucky, where he...

    Justin Maxson
  • Introducing Our New Communications Officer

    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation’s new Communications Officer has worked in television newsrooms across North Carolina, in New York City and at CNN in Atlanta. Now, Susanna Hegner is excited to tell the powerful stories of the Foundation’s partners and the communities they serve.

    “I realized I wanted to stop reporting on the issues plaguing our neighborhoods and start...

    Susanna Hegner
  • Congratulations to our New and Returning Grantee Partners

    Congratulations to our new and returning grantee partners who received funding Fall 2014:

    Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs A labama Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Alabama Asset Building Coalition Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families Arkansas Public Policy Panel Association for Enterprise Opportunity Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) Blueprint, NC Community...