Family foundations and other funders and donors focused on serving rural communities face special challenges—lack of infrastructure, lack of partners, and often lack of urgency from state and federal government entities. As detailed in NCFP’s 2018 report, Pride of Place, family foundations are traditionally among the most place-based of all funders, with deep and lasting connections to their communities of origin. NCFP is pleased to offer this collaborative space for family foundations and other funders with a rural focus seeking to create connections and share strategies and stories with others across the country. This initial conversation will be led by Wynn Rosser, president and CEO of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation and Erin Borla, executive director of The Roundhouse Foundation. Attendees will share current strategies and challenges and discuss the potential formation of an ongoing peer community to establish and further partnerships with other rural funders for future investment and impact.
Note: This conversation is open to all funders that currently prioritize rural communities and that are interested in being part of an ongoing conversation on the special challenges of rural funders and communities