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  • Remembering Rick Cohen

    We are deeply saddened by the death of Rick Cohen, a journalist, critic and dogged advocate for rural America. Cohen wrote prolifically on a wide range of topics for N onprofit Quarterly , never hesitating to pen often harsh -- but always fair and valuable -- assessments of philanthropy. He researched the grantmaking disparity between rural and urban...

  • Looking forward...

    After eight months at the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, I believe we have good reason to be optimistic for the future of the South.

    Over that time, I have spoken with people in Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Orleans, South Carolina and West Virginia – important battlegrounds in the struggle for economic opportunity and equality. I’ve also been learning from...

  • Taking down the Confederate flag is only the first step

    It’s time to address racism and inequality in the South.

    The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation applauds the South Carolina legislature’s decision to remove the Confederate flag from the capitol grounds. The hate crime in Charleston focused the national spotlight on racism in the South; it also forced Southerners to consider the ways we commemorate history and how our symbols are perceived....

  • Remembering Sandy Rosenblith

    Rural America lost one of its most tenacious champions with the death of Sandy Rosenblith last month. She was one of the most effective, difficult people I have ever known.

    She understood how important place-based change is to low-wealth communities, and that strong, resident-led organizations are key to creating jobs, housing, financial services and the other things people...

    Sandy Rosenblith
  • Assessing to Achieve High Performance

    The Center for Effective Philanthropy featured the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in its report about nonprofits' performance assessments. Below is CEP's press release:

    New CEP Research Raises Questions about Nonprofit Performance Assessment

    Cambridge, MA – New research released today from the Center for Effective...