Stories

  • Investing in Opportunity: Georgia’s Civic Engagement Network

    Like much of the South, Georgia is a racially diverse state rapidly growing even more so. Thanks in part to booming immigrant and refugee populations, it is projected to become majority-minority by 2025. And like its neighbors, Georgia has more than its share of challenges, including political representation that is not truly representative and persistent poverty, which is most acute in rural...

    Georgia STAND-UP
  • Sharing Just Transition Lessons Half a World Away

    As any map will tell you, Australia is a long way from Appalachia. Despite the distance and differences, their coalfield communities share striking similarities: the fossil fuel industry’s problematic political power, economic challenges, and mining-related environmental and health concerns. As in Appalachia, there is a growing dedication to a just transition from a single extractive industry...

    Latrobe City Hard Hats
  • Introducing our New Network Officers

    The board and staff of the Babcock Foundation are excited to welcome two new network officers, Melanie Allen and Meisha McDaniel. In their new roles, Allen and McDaniel will manage grant portfolios, develop the Foundation’s relationships, identify investment opportunities, co-learn and consult with grantee partners, and help build strong, effective partnerships among people and organizations...

  • Meet our new Program Associate

    The Babcock Foundation is pleased to welcome Katie Sonnen-Lee as our new program associate. Sonnen-Lee will provide programmatic and administrative support for MRBF’s network officers, and guidance to current and potential grantee partners.

    With a background in a broad range of nonprofit and educational environments, Sonnen-Lee brings a wealth of administrative and program-management...

    Katie Sonnen-Lee
  • Celebrating a Year of Successes

    As we begin a new year, we’d like to toast all of our grantee partners across the South for a very successful 2016. Here are a few of the year’s achievements:

    The Georgia Budget and Policy Institute led the successful opposition to a tax-cut plan that would have damaged the state budget and eroded funding for schools and other services. Late in the legislative session, lawmakers...

    Coalfield Development Corporation