• Learning and Crafting Strategy at the Babcock Foundation

    For almost 20 years, we have set overall Foundation strategy in two decade-long cycles. This brief newsletter article describes our practice and underlying assumptions about learning and foundation strategy. This article originally appeared in a Philanthropy New Zealand newsletter.

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  • MRBF Theory of Change (2012)

    The Babcock Foundation's mission is helping people and places in the Southeastern US move out of poverty. This document describes our beliefs about how people and places move out of poverty. It also depicts how we act on those beliefs and the outcomes we seek. We update our beliefs, assumptions, and strategy based on learning from our experience with grantees and other partners.


  • The Fusion Model

    The Babcock Foundation recognizes that there are many good models for understanding organizational development and organizational effectiveness. We have used the attached "Fusion model" in our annual OD Gatherings and are pleased to share it with others.

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  • Why Invest in Grassroots Leadership Development

    MRBF's definition of "grassroots leaders" and reasons for investing in them and their communities:

    "As the 'roots' part of the name implies, grassroots leaders know and celebrate where they come from. At the same time, they hold a vision for personal and community development. Their roots intertwine with neighbors in bonds of mutual accountability. And, like the...