The Ford Institute for Community Building, a program of The Ford Family Foundation, works to help community leaders learn how to implement local solutions based on principles of effective community building. This paper describes the development and work of the The Ford Institute for Community Building.
The Rural Development Philanthropy Learning Network is a diverse group of community foundations and funds, and philanthropic and rural development organizations that exchange experience, knowledge and skills to increase rural assets and improve rural livelihood.
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.
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.
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.
A report commissioned in 2005 by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers that examines trends in rural philanthropy-building.
Check out the latest releases from around the nonprofit sector featuring items from PACE, Grantmakers in Aging, Philanthropy Northwest, The Center for Effective Philanthropy, National Center for Family Philanthropy, FSG, NeighborWorks and Foundation Center and the Peace and Security Funders Group.
The Forum's Annual Conference is a key opportunity each year for regional association staff to come together for skill building sessions, networking, and thought provoking discussions with philanthropy leaders. We hope to see you in San Diego in July!
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.