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  • Out of the Ashes of the Coal Economy, a Bright Future?

    The last couple of years have brought substantial new economic challenges to Appalachian Kentucky. Already saddled with being one of the poorest regions in the country, mountain communities are being hit hard by steep layoffs in the coal industry. Since 2011, eastern Kentucky has lost more than 5,700 good-paying coal mining jobs. That’s a loss of 42% of the area’s coal workforce.

    This...

  • Boosting Nonprofit Communication Capacity

    When you get right to the heart of it, communications is about creating conversations. We learn from them, we share in them, and ideally, everyone benefits when they happen. It's why Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation Communications Officer Lora Smith, and I went to the Communications Network conference in New Orleans last week.

 It only makes sense that foundation grantees should reap the same...

  • Messaging Matters: Alabama’s Housing Trust Fund

    In 2012, the Alabama legislature took a significant step forward to address our ongoing housing crisis by passing HB110, the Alabama Affordable Housing Act, which established a state housing trust fund. The Low Income Housing Coalition of Alabama (LIHCA) has advocated for increased housing opportunities for low income Alabamians since its inception and we view the passage of HB110 as a...

  • The Inherent Wisdom of Community

    “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

    – Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail

    That the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, the...