Given the Forum’s commitment through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to focus on building the investment of philanthropy in rural communities across America as part of an overarching equity agenda, we will explore what this means for public policy. Using examples such as the Farm Bill and other major pieces of federal legislation that affect more than just rural communities, we will discuss how PSO members garnered broad support among foundations for particular pieces of legislation and how ultimately the challenges in rural communities affects all of our well-being—as there are rural communities in every state of the nation to which philanthropy needs to pay more attention.
- Traci Bruckner, Policy Program Director, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems Funders (SAFSF)
- Ferd Hoefner, Senior Strategic Advisor, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- Moira McDonald, Interim Environment Program Director, Walton Family Foundation
- Ricardo Salvador, Ph.D., Director, Food & Environment Program, Union of Concerned Scientists (formerly with Kellogg Foundation)