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Breaking Down the Walls between Community and Philanthropy

PhilanthropywoRx is a consulting and partnering organization engaged in efforts on a local, regional and national level to promote and implement better philanthropic practice –particularly at the convergence of community, field building, research and grantmaking. Rural is a passion and a specialty- the R is for rural.

Whether working on internal or external foundation practice, PhilanthropywoRx brings an experienced and objective sense of how foundations can best match their own needs with the needs of their communities. The work of philanthropy must be joyful while concurrently supporting and energizing communities. Equity is front and center. PhilanthropywoRx is all about creative application for results. This is no boilerplate exercise.

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L-R: Allen Smart, Rev. Cory Anderson of The Winthrop Rockefeller Fund, David Jordan of the United Methodist Health Ministries Fund and Nichole Maher of the Group Health Foundation

Breaking Down the Walls between Community and Philanthropy

PhilanthropywoRx is a consulting and partnering organization engaged in efforts on a local, regional and national level to promote and implement better philanthropic practice –particularly at the convergence of community, field building, research and grantmaking. Rural is a passion and a specialty- the R is for rural.

Whether working on internal or external foundation practice, PhilanthropywoRx brings an experienced and objective sense of how foundations can best match their own needs with the needs of their communities. The work of philanthropy must be joyful while concurrently supporting and energizing communities. Equity is front and center. PhilanthropywoRx is all about creative application for results. This is no boilerplate exercise.

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L-R: Allen Smart, Rev. Cory Anderson of The Winthrop Rockefeller Fund, David Jordan of the United Methodist Health Ministries Fund and Nichole Maher of the Group Health Foundation

Effective philanthropy works from the place up, and not the initiative down.

Effective philanthropy works from the place up, and not the initiative down.

This is particularly true in rural communities where the culture and context may dominate philanthropy’s best intentions. PhilanthropywoRx helps grantmakers of all varieties — private and public — break down silos and self‑imposed barriers that frequently lead to underutilizing their human, financial and intellectual capital.

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Strategy and Implementation

Creating and supporting innovative and active philanthropy

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Staff Coaching and Support

Helping foundation staff realize their potential

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Interim Executive Leadership

On-site or remote executive support for short or long term roles

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Working with Communities

Representing foundation or community interests

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Senior Leadership & Boards

Helping leadership define roles, strategies and vision

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Grantmaking

Designing and implementing grantmaking programs

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Strategy and Implementation

Creating and supporting innovative and active philanthropy

128-brain

Staff Coaching and Support

Helping foundation staff realize their potential

org

Interim Executive Leadership

On-site or remote executive support for short or long term roles

128-cash

Working with Communities

Representing foundation or community interests

128-board

Senior Leadership & Boards

Helping leadership define roles, strategies and vision

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Grantmaking

Designing and implementing grantmaking programs

Why Playgrounds Matter In Rural America: Insights For Rural Donors And Funders

By Staff | November 9, 2020

The neighborhood playground is a critical asset that helps make communities resilient places where kids can thrive and residents can connect. But in many rural communities across the country, factors like physical distance, countywide recreation policies, and the lack of a local tax base can limit children’s ability to access these spaces and the benefits…

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Interim Executive Director - Foundation for Healthy High Point

I have been serving as the Interim Executive Director of the $50 million Foundation for Healthy High Point a (NC) since August. This engagement will run through December. Been great to get behind the walls of a funder after a few years off and bring my consulting to the day-to-day operations. As part of my engagement, I will be providing the Board with a set of operational and strategic recommendations that can help the new permanent Executive Director and the Board of Directors as they plan for some ambitious work in 2021.

To speak with me about serving in  similar roles for your foundation or non-profit, please contact me at allen@ruralphilanthropy.net or 336-971-5201.

A Recent Engagement with North Carolina Healthcare (formerly Hospital) Association

I had the pleasure of recently completing two major efforts with NCHA.

  • Helped design and implement the process for the “Fill the Gap” fund—a multi-funder collaborative to support equity-based challenges in the COVID environment.
  • Developed the Association’s first comprehensive Grants Seeking Strategy and Administration Guide. A unique product that combines both the pre-grant and post-grant behaviors across the organization—two sectors that don’t always align. We hope this will go a long way towards creating a known playing field within the organization.

To speak with me about serving in similar roles for your foundation or non-profit, please contact me at allen@ruralphilanthropy.net or 336-971-5201.

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