Stories

Appalachia

  • 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...

  • The Fusion Model

    The Babcock Foundation recognizes that there are many good models for understanding organizational development and organizational effectiveness. We have used the attached "Fusion model" in our annual OD Gatherings and are pleased to share it with others.

    Courtesy of Strategic Decisions, LLC

  • Why Invest in Grassroots Leadership Development

    MRBF's definition of "grassroots leaders" and reasons for investing in them and their communities:

    "As the 'roots' part of the name implies, grassroots leaders know and celebrate where they come from. At the same time, they hold a vision for personal and community development. Their roots intertwine with neighbors in bonds of mutual accountability. And, like the...