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  • Justin Maxson: Why Appalachia Matters

    From 2002 to 2015, Justin Maxson served as President of the Mountain Association for Community Economic Development in Kentucky, where he supported and generated innovative development strategies, including small enterprise lending and technical assistance solutions, energy efficiency support strategies and targeted research and policy efforts aimed at creating benefits for low-to-moderate...

  • Martin Eakes: Early Orientation and Beginning of Self-Help

    Martin Eakes is co-founder and CEO of Self-Help and the Center for Responsible Lending. He holds a law degree from Yale, a master's from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton and a bachelor's degree from Davidson College. A native of North Carolina, Eakes is a nationally recognized expert on development finance and has been honored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur...

  • The Bread and Roses of Life

    Many of the men and women advancing meaningful change all over the South were children or teenagers when Martin Luther King delivered his How Long? Not Long speech in Montgomery, Alabama, 50 years ago this week. On March 25, 1965, they might’ve watched television coverage of Dr. King telling 25,000 people, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it...

  • Changing the Conversation: How GBPI Helps Shape the Policy Debate

    The scene is an early October forum in suburban Atlanta. A gathering of conservative Georgia lawmakers who focus on education issues pose a challenge to the people at the meeting – help us make the case it is time to raise state taxes for the sake of our schoolchildren.

    Whoa. What did they just say?

    Not many of Georgia’s elected officials publicly broach the...

  • 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....