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Forum to Work on Expanding Philanthropy’s Impact to Improve Rural Communities with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

Friday, February 21, 2020

United Philanthropy Forum has received a 2.5-year, $1.25 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to expand philanthropy’s impact in promoting social and economic opportunity and improving health equity in rural communities. More specifically, the grant will support a Forum initiative to enhance connectivity, learning, and information-sharing to increase understanding across the field of philanthropy about the conditions that promote social and economic opportunity and health equity in rural communities and about the role philanthropy can play in advancing those outcomes.
The grant supports a six-month planning phase following by a two-year implementation phase. Key implementation activities will include curating data, resources and tools through the Forum’s multiple communications channels; holding rural equity sessions at Forum convenings; incorporating a rural foci in policy discussions at the state and federal levels; awarding 40-60 grants to Forum members to support rural philanthropy programming; conducting a formative evaluation; and producing a final report synthesizing influence and learning across all of these efforts. The work will be informed by an advisory group and working group, which will be created and begin operation during the planning phase.
“The Forum is pleased to be working in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on this important initiative,” said Forum President & CEO David Biemesderfer. “The initiative represents how we can leverage the power of the Forum network of 80 philanthropy-serving organizations, representing more than 7,000 funders, to deepen philanthropy’s impact on critical issues for our communities and our country.”
For more information, please contact Maggie Osborn, the Forum’s Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, at (202) 386-6426 or

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