What is your PSO doing to provide actionable learning opportunities to your members to support them in deepening their investments to advance rural equity?
With only about 7% of philanthropic funding going to rural communities - despite 1 in 5 Americans living in a rural area - rural communities experience some of the country's highest rates of persistent poverty, lowest health outcomes, and heightened impacts of climate change. We're also witnessing unprecedented degrees of political polarization - largely falling along urban-rural lines - as well as higher rates of demographic shifts within rural communities. Philanthropic investments in rural communities that supports their ability to build power, organizing, and affect durable, community-led change is a critical step in a path forward.
The Integrated Rural Strategies Group at Neighborhood Funders Group has created a Rural Organizing Funder Toolkit to support foundations in both beginning or deepening their work to resource rural community organizing. Investments in this type of infrastructure contributes to the design, passage, and implementation of policies that affect real and equitable change for rural communities.
Join us for an interactive session to learn about the Toolkit and how you can use it to support your members in deepening their understanding of best practices in funding to advance rural equity and in designing equity-centered action plans to enhance their investments in rural communities.