Stories

Inside MRBF

  • 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
  • Staffing Changes and a Shifting Terrain

    In the aftermath of a terribly disorienting week, I have spent some time thinking about the things that give me strength. I keep returning to a set of values held by the committed board and staff at the Foundation: equity and inclusion, democracy, justice and respect for all voices, to name a few.

    I believe today it is even more important that we work from these values, live by these...

  • Envisioning a New Appalachia

    Once a year, the Babcock Foundation travels to a location within our funding footprint to learn from our grantee partners where they work. I always look forward to these trips because they afford us the opportunity to engage with our partners on the ground and meet with some of their constituents and other local residents. To be in their communities, to hear their stories, to see the lay of...

    Coalfield Development Corporation, WV
  • Reflections on the South: The Road Ahead

    Over the last few weeks in this blog series, I have explored some themes shared with me by our grantee partners, Foundation staff and board, and other colleagues across the South. Those conversations have been super helpful as I work to learn more about the region.

    At the risk of over-summarizing, let me recap some of the themes:

    Entrenched challenges, including racism, political...