Gladys Washington

Former Deputy Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Gladys Krigger Washington recently retired as the Deputy Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Foundation supports organizations and networks that help people and places move out of poverty and achieve greater social, economic and racial justice in the South. In her tenure, Gladys supervised the Foundation’s programmatic work in 11 Southern states. Prior to joining the Babcock Foundation, Gladys was a Program Officer at the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. In 2019, Gladys received the Berea College Service Award created “to honor persons who in their daily lives and their service to humanity have exemplified the Berea Commitments.” Also, in 2019, she received LISC’s Rural Champion Award for exemplary and longstanding service to rural America. In 2015, Gladys was named the James A. Joseph Lecturer by the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the organization’s highest honor. Gladys serves on the boards of State Voices, a national network of civic engagement and power building organizations and the Southern Rural Black Women’s Initiative, an organization working to support the economic and political empowerment of black women in the Black Belt Regions of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi. She previously served as Chairwoman of ABFE’s Board of Directors and has been featured by multiple publications, including Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, Black Gives Back, the Center for Effective Philanthropy and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. Gladys earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the College of Charleston and a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina and the University of Charleston.

Gladys is speaking at

June 30, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


  • Shona Chakravartty (Convening Co-Chair) Senior Program Officer, Hill-Snowdon Foundation
  • Mary Sobecki (Convening Co-Chair) Executive Director, The Needmor Fund
  • Adriana Rocha (Facilitator) President, Neighborhood Funders Group
  • Kevin Ryan (MC) Program Officer, Cities and States, Ford Foundation
  • Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson (Speaker) Co-Executive Director, Highlander Research and Education Center
  • Mary Hooks (Speaker) Co-Director, Southerners on New Ground
  • Gladys Washington (Speaker) Former Deputy Director, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation


NFG is kicking off our 2020 virtual convening series with our 40 Years Strong plenary session that incorporates videos, speakers, and a live Q&A. Join us to hear from NFG’s convening co-chairs and board members, Mary Sobecki and Shona Chakravartty, and NFG’s new President, Adriana Rocha, as we celebrate four decades of mobilizing philanthropy and explore what is possible in the current era of organized philanthropy. We’ll feature philanthropic and movement leaders who will deliver a keynote presentation on what is needed in this political moment to support people, place and power.

Session Time: 9-10:30am PT / 10-11:30am MT / 11-12:30pm CT / 12-1:30pm ET

Note: This session is intended for foundation staff and trustees, donors, philanthropic affinity group staff, and invited speakers.

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