Stories

Democracy/Civic Engagement

  • Louisiana's “Winning Side:” Powering Democracy through Civic Engagement

    The winds of change are stirring strong through Louisiana thanks, in large part, to a network of grassroots organizers, community advocates and policy experts working to improve the quality of life for low-wealth people. Last month, our staff and board visited Louisiana to learn about current strategies and emerging opportunities. The visit was my first chance as a Network Officer to engage...

    Together Louisiana
  • Congratulations to our New and Returning Grantee Partners

    Congratulations to our new and returning grantee partners who received funding in June 2018:

    Advocates for Community and Rural Education dba Rural Community Alliance

    Appalachia Funders Network

    Appalachian Citizens' Law Center

    Blueprint NC

    Coalfield Development Corporation

    CommunityWorks

    Homes of Hope, Inc.

    ...

  • A Proven Way to Battle Rural America’s Poverty

    This originally appeared as an op-ed in the Chronicle of Philanthropy on July 11, 2018.

    A county in Mississippi with a 28 percent poverty rate is about to boast the state’s first and only year-round, fully accessible camp for disabled children and adults. A rural county in South Carolina will soon have a dedicated high school to prepare students for health careers...

  • "As the South Grows" series highlights opportunity in the region

    The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy and Grantmakers for Southern Progress have teamed up on a series of reports highlighting some of the promising systematic change efforts at work across the South. MRBF supported the project and Program Director Lavastian Glenn served on the advisory committee.

    As the South Grows highlights stories of potential, impact and...

    As the South Grows
  • A Crisis of Humanity: Our Statement on the Treatment of Families Seeking Asylum

    America is facing not just a humanitarian crisis, but a crisis of humanity.

    The board and staff of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation are alarmed by the barbaric treatment of families seeking refuge. While the administration has stopped separating children at the border from their parents – a practice known to cause permanent psychological trauma and brain damage – it has announced...