Across America, rural communities face big challenges as economies change, populations shift, and government resources and subsidies dramatically decline. But rural residents are responding with resilience and innovation, harnessing hidden resources to create permanent assets for the future of their communities.
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The Rural Philanthropy Knowledge Center contains practical information on how to start and manage a rural fund, and other useful resources on how to grow philanthropy in rural areas.
Leading Tactics for Rural Fund Development is a series of step-by-step guides specifically to make the job of someone starting a rural fund easier.
A report commissioned in 2005 by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers that examines trends in rural philanthropy-building.
Across rural America, people are joining together to do something new and different. They are launching and growing community endowments. Community endowments resemble savings accounts that grow over time. Local residents are using the interest earned on these community endowments—and the local energy and leadership that come from building them—to improve the quality of life for people, organizations and the places they call home.
In this report, the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy explores the disparity in giving between urban and rural nonprofits, and how geographical isolation and capacity-building needs greatly reduce the ability for rural nonprofits to secure funding. The report offers substantive recommendations on ways to make philanthropy more responsive to rural America.
The ABCD Network is an umbrella organization linking groups from Maryland's rural, urban and suburban communities that offer basic services, provide affordable housing, revitalize downtowns, and help build family and community assets.
Imagine starting a new grant-making program from scratch —no prior grantees, no established procedures, no set objectives. Read about one grantmaker's experience in establishing a rural poverty program in a casestudy from Grantcraft.
Big Data is a big topic right now, but the Forum has been strategic and consistent in its data collection for over 10 years!
A few years ago, Mark Sedway lead a research project called The Philanthropy Awareness Initiative. PAI's aim was to help foundations and philanthropic associations “improve communications and outreach to influential Americans,” such as elected officials, business, government and nonprofit leaders. Have we made any progress?
Compiled responses from a May 17, 2011 listserve query regarding critical unmet funding needs.
This significant guide puts the tools of democracy into everyone's hands. Based on the best of Blandin Foundation's 20-year experience in developing community leaders, it gives community members the tools to bring people together to make changes.
Compiled responses from a February 17, 2010 listserve query regarding speed-dating-style programs for grantmakers.
This webinar will describe ways to leverage this untapped intellectual and social capital. We will present exciting results from BTOP and related initiatives, including those in Chicago (the Chicago Community Trust), Kansas City (the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation) and rural Minnesota (the C.K. Blandin Foundation), where philanthropy is playing a transformative role.
The face of philanthropy is rapidly changing. Established foundations play a visible and powerful role in charitable giving, yet the vast majority of philanthropy, about 80%, still comes from individuals.
Compiled responses from a May 9, 2011 listserve query on transfer of wealth studies.
New Ventures in Philanthropy, an initiative of the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers,was a bold and innovative experiment to grow new philanthropic giving across the United States and to capture for charitable purposes the enormous transfer of wealth that was predicted to occur over the subsequent decades.
Compiled responses from a June 17, 2011 listserve query regarding innovative approaches to land conservation.
Compiled responses from a December 1, 2009 listserve query on programming on next generation leadership.
Compiled responses from a May 31, 2011 listserve query regarding funder networks operating in cities or small regions.