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  • 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...

  • Report Documents Hardships, Solutions for Rural Black Women and Children

    As the wealth gap in America widens, one group consistently finds itself at the bottom of the economic opportunity chasm. “On nearly every social indicator of well-being — from income and earnings to obesity and food security — Black women, girls and children in the rural South rank low or last.” So finds an eye-opening new study by the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative of Black Belt...

  • Assessing to Achieve High Performance

    The Center for Effective Philanthropy featured the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in its report about nonprofits' performance assessments. Below is CEP's press release:

    New CEP Research Raises Questions about Nonprofit Performance Assessment

    Cambridge, MA – New research released today from the Center for Effective...

  • Supporting the Messengers of Change

    In 2013, the Babcock Foundation chose to examine the strategic communications capacity of its policy grantees, with an understanding that this capacity is closely tied to their effectiveness as advocates for policies that move people and places out of poverty. The following report released publicly in March of 2014 details MRBF's findings and contains a set of recommendations for supporting...