Stories

Appalachia

  • Love Can Build a Bridge

    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation partners with organizations and funders working on Appalachian Transition . As our partners seek to create a more sustainable future for the Central Appalachian region, community controlled philanthropy has emerged as an important means for engaging and transforming community. Ethan Hamblin, a student at Berea College, is spending his summer vacation on...
  • 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....
  • Sustaining State Policy Infrastructure for Impact on Poverty

    The Babcock Foundation occasionally commissions learning papers to increase our board and staff knowledge of various pathways out of poverty, with a focus on the Southeastern US. This is a report commissioned by the Babcock Foundation and released in January 2013 to inform organizational thinking about best practices for supporting state policy infrastructure.

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  • 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."
    Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) like...
  • Appalachian Transition

    Appalachian Transition explores the emergent work by non-profit organizations and funders to advance a just and sustainable economic transition in the Central Appalachian region. The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has a long history of investing in Appalachian people and places. To foster collaborative funding in the region and increase collective impact, MRBF helped co-found the Appalachia...