Stories

Capacity Building

  • 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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  • A Look Inside Our 2004 Planning Process

    During 2004, the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation took an in-depth look at its place among the people and landscape of the Southeastern United States. We did this at a key time in the Foundation’s history – the 50th year since its founding and a decade since the Foundation adopted a strategic mission to address poverty and racism in the South. This report describes our 2004 learning,...

  • Building the Capacity of Networks to Achieve Systems Change

    In recent years, the Babcock Foundation has adopted an intentional approach to strengthen networks involving grantees and other partners. This approach includes developing the "network officer" role as a companion to traditional program officer roles. This article originally appeared in the Foundation...