Reflections on a Decade of Building Just and Caring Communities

Building just and caring communities in the South was the stated mission of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation from 1994 to 2005. In 2004, the Board of Directors and staff of the Foundation undertook a time of reflection to assess the overall picture of progress and to examine the work the Foundation and its grantees had undertaken in the previous decade. The goal was to capture as much knowledge as possible and integrate that knowledge into the Foundation’s and its grantee partners’ future work on the enduring challenges of the racism and poverty in the Southeastern United States. This paper is a distillation of several documents produced by the Babcock Foundation and its partners over the past decade.