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Mississippi

  • The Fierce Urgency of Now

    “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Riverside Church, 1967

    If there is any hope for an equitable recovery from COVID-19, policy and funding decisions must be swift and...

  • Justice in the Time of Coronavirus

    This article appeared in Nonprofit Quarterly on March 27, 2020.

    When the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation grasped the severity of COVID-19 and its likely impacts on the people and places we care about, we began to brainstorm things within our power to mitigate the harm. We asked our grantee partners about the pandemic’s implications on their work. We asked the leaders of...

  • 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...

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  • 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,...