The Babcock Foundation partners with organizations and networks working to alleviate poverty and increase social and economic justice in 11 Southern states. It believes in democracy, opportunity and the power of partnerships, and it follows the lead of local experts who know what their communities need to thrive.
It supports collaborative, multi-strategy, place-based work focused on democracy and civic engagement, economic opportunity, and supportive policies and institutions. It believes sustained, general-support grants are critical to helping organizations remain nimble and effective. In addition to grantmaking, it makes strategic investments aligned with its mission and values.
Established in 1953 with a $12 million bequest from Mary Reynolds Babcock, in its early days the Foundation supported historically black colleges and universities, grassroots advocacy groups, voter education and government accountability efforts – a unique legacy for Southern family philanthropy.
The values that guided the Foundation in those days – fairness, democracy, equity and opportunity – continue to be our North Star today.