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  • Looking forward...

    After eight months at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, I believe we have good reason to be optimistic for the future of the South.

    Over that time, I have spoken with people in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Orleans, South Carolina and West Virginia – important battlegrounds in the struggle for economic opportunity and equality. I’ve also been learning from...

  • Powering Appalachia’s Brighter Future

    Coalfield communities are getting a much-needed jolt.

    On October 15, the Partnerships for Opportunity and Workforce and Economic Revitalization (POWER) Initiative announced its first round of grants for communities in 12 states and tribal regions affected by changes in the coal industry and energy sector. The $14.5 million is aimed at helping diversify economies, create jobs, attract...

  • Essentials of Impact Investing: A Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations

    The Mission Investors Exchange , a national membership group of mission investing organizations, published Essentials of Impact Investing: A New Guide for Small-Staffed Foundations to offer advice, tools and real-world examples to help foundations shape effective investing strategies. For insight on building the capacity of community development financial institutions, MIE...

  • How Small Foundations Can Achieve Outsized Impact

    A foundation doesn’t need a large staff to make program-related investments (PRIs) that advance its mission. Investing through intermediaries l ike c ommunity development financial institutions (CDFIs) can increase philanthropic impact by generating measurable benefits and modest financial returns while recycling philanthropic capital.

    With their expertise for re-lending and...

  • K10: How Women Are Rebuilding the Gulf Coast

    Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina spawned the need for new construction and a skilled workforce all over the Gulf Coast. It also exacerbated already dire economic situations for low-income women in Mississippi. The Moore Community House , which serves low-income women and children in east Biloxi, found a way to address both of those needs when it launched its Women in Construction (WinC)...