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Arkansas

  • COVID-19: How can we be helpful during this crisis?

    As we all grapple with the uncertain and worrying implications of COVID-19, the physical and mental health and safety of our partners, their families, volunteers and communities are of paramount importance. At the Babcock Foundation, we are following health experts’ “social distancing” guidance and working from home until at least April 6, so the best way to reach us is likely email. We are...

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  • Protect the Community Reinvestment Act

    UPDATE: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have extended the deadline for public comment to April 8.

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation are proposing drastic changes to Community Reinvestment Act regulations that would weaken CRA’s ability to target...

    Durham, NC, redlining map
  • A Profound Sense of Justice: Remembering Katie Mountcastle

    Few people have left marks on Southern philanthropy as significant as Katie Mountcastle’s, though she never would have said so. Mountcastle shunned the spotlight, seeking to channel her considerable energy and passion into effective, behind-the-scenes social change strategies.

    Her mother, Mary Reynolds Babcock, established the Foundation upon her death in 1953. Babcock’s husband,...

  • Charging into 2020 with Momentum

    Everyone who seeks to advance social and economic justice in the South is gearing up for a monumental year. Major elections and the census will determine government policies and resource allocations for years to come. Advocates will spend much of the year educating their communities about the importance of both. Achieving representative levels of participation will strain organizations’ time...

    Southerners on New Ground
  • Welcome our new Associate Network Officer

    The board and staff of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation are pleased to welcome Scott Edmonds as our newest Associate Network Officer. In his new role, Edmonds will help manage existing Foundation relationships and identify new ones in specific parts of the South. Eventually he will administer a portfolio of grants.

    Edmonds is no stranger to the work of the Foundation or to social...