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  • Supporting the Messengers of Change

    Policy change can’t happen without constructive public discourse and influence. Getting to that influence involves persuasive conversations and well-framed messages. Policy organizations must reach and effectively communicate to diverse audiences, and continually deliver compelling data and narratives in order to achieve their desired outcomes. At its very core,...

  • New Grants Announced

    Congratulations to our new and returning grantee partners!

    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation's Board of Directors approved the following grants at their Februrary meeting:

    American Prospect Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice (ACIJ) Mountain Association for Community Economic Development (MACED)

    Visit our GRANTS section to learn more about our grantee...
  • Changing the Conversation: How GBPI Helps Shape the Policy Debate

    The scene is an early October forum in suburban Atlanta. A gathering of conservative Georgia lawmakers who focus on education issues pose a challenge to the people at the meeting – help us make the case it is time to raise state taxes for the sake of our schoolchildren.

    Whoa. What did they just say?

    Not many of Georgia’s elected officials publicly broach the...

  • 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...