Stories

Reports

  • 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...

  • Getting to Collective Impact

    Earlier this year the Foundation Review published an article featuring a case study of collective impact from MRBF's work with the Central Appalachian Network (CAN). Below is an excerpt with links to the full article.

    Getting to Collective Impact: How Funders Can Contribute Over the Life Course of the Work Author: Douglas Easterling, Ph....
  • Sustaining State Policy Infrastructure for Impact on Poverty

    The Babcock Foundation occasionally commissions learning papers to increase our board and staff knowledge of various pathways out of poverty, with a focus on the Southeastern US. This is a report commissioned by the Babcock Foundation and released in January 2013 to inform organizational thinking about best practices for supporting state policy infrastructure.

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  • Supporting Networks: Stories from the GEO Community

    Founded in 1953, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has a long history of working to help people and communities in the southeastern United States move out of poverty. Over the last several years, Babcock has become more intentional about supporting nonprofit and philanthropic networks that are working to achieve this goal. Grantamakers for Effective Organizations recently produced a case...

  • Appalachian Transition

    Appalachian Transition explores the emergent work by non-profit organizations and funders to advance a just and sustainable economic transition in the Central Appalachian region. The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has a long history of investing in Appalachian people and places. To foster collaborative funding in the region and increase collective impact, MRBF helped co-found the Appalachia...