Stories

Capacity Building

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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."
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