Stories

Appalachia

  • Becoming Explicit about Equity

    Recent history and troubling current events are turning a glaring mirror on America, fueling the urgency to shape a more equitable future, to put more shoulder behind that bending moral arc. We’ve watched in horror as white supremacists snake through our streets spewing violence and hatred with impunity. We’ve witnessed the rise of elected leaders who unapologetically express racist attitudes...

  • Welcome our new Board Members

    The board and staff of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation are pleased to welcome three new directors. With experience in community development, public policy, philanthropy, research and education, these accomplished new members will add breadth and depth to our board’s collective experience and wisdom.

    Ashleigh Gardere

    Ashleigh Gardere is Executive Vice President...

  • Signs of Progress in 2017

    There’s no denying the past year brought formidable challenges for the organizations and networks working tirelessly to increase social and economic justice across the South. As our grantee partners embark on another year striving to shape a more equitable future, it seems especially important to reflect on a few of the victories they achieved.

    Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice...
    Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
  • "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
  • Sparking Development where it’s Needed Most

    Big-money real estate developers are flocking to the American South, lured by aggressive economic development policies, generous tax incentives, lax regulations, low-cost land, cheap labor and a booming population. Investors are pouring considerable dollars into large real estate funds that typically target the same five to ten big cities. These dominance of these so-called “mega-funds,” which...