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  • Appalachia Funders Network

    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 Funders Network (AFN). The Network consists of public and private grantmakers who envision a sustainable regional economy that builds on existing assets to create multiple forms...

  • Emerging Leaders: Equity and Opportunity in the American South

    In 2011 the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation hosted a trans-generational convening on the topic of equity and opportunity in the American South. We wanted to understand the needs of emerging nonprofit leaders in the South and what they saw on the horizon of their work. The conversation also included respected elders in the sector who helped ground the conversation in historical context and...

    Emerging Leaders Gathering
  • Women In Construction

    The Moore Community House serves low-income women and young children in the ethnically diverse, low-wealth neighborhoods of east Biloxi. MCH and its community were devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As part of its recovery efforts, MCH launched the Women in Construction (WinC) program to help low-income women enter construction trade jobs. This was an effort to not only contribute to...

    Construction Site
  • Investing in the American Dream

    Speaking on the panel, "Social Investing: So What is a CDFI and Why Are They Important to Communities?" at the Southeastern Council of Foundation 's Annual Meeting, Grace Fricks, CEO of ACE Loans told the audience, "The American Dream isn't possible for any of us if it's not possible for low-income people."
    Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) like...