Archive for May 2019

The Case for the Field of Rural Philanthropy

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Linked here you’ll find my case for taking all of the disparate elements of rural foundation work and supporting the development of a cohesive and coherent field of work that best serves the interests of rural communiities and funders alike. Download Building a Field of Rural Philanthropy: The Case for Creating a Rural Philanthropic Network

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Rural Philanthropy in New Mexico

This is the second of a series of four field studies from the Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project (RPAP) here at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. The regions selected—eastern New Hampshire/southern Maine; eastern Washington; northeast Iowa and rural New Mexico—were included in the studies in recognition of the important local funder commitments to those…

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Rural Philanthropy in Northeast Iowa

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The Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project, in partnership with Campbell University, will publish four field studies representing a powerful collection of stories and lessons to inform the practice of rural philanthropy in Northeast Iowa, New Mexico, Eastern Washington and New England. This report surveys the philanthropic landscape in Northeast Iowa. “The Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project has…

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The Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project 2017-2019


Over the course of the last two years, the Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project (RPAP) team has blogged, reported, presented and collected data from all over the country about philanthropic activity that has, as its focus, a deep commitment to the future of rural communities. While philanthropic activity in rural America precedes anything akin to a…

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Pushing Aside the Rural-Urban Divide


The heightened state of distrust between rural and urban communities has made it more difficult to recognize that there is an inherent interdependence between them. Philanthropy is uniquely positioned to offer an intentional approach to rural inclusion, as well as a new rural–urban narrative, that doesn’t increase division. The renewed focus on rural America that…

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Census 2020: Rural Communities Count


Inside Philanthropy recently sought input from Allen Smart, Director of Campbell University’s Rural Philanthropic Analysis Project to weigh in on the importance of representing rural in the 2020 Census. Having an accurate census count that is representative of all groups in the United States is a significant opportunity for philanthropy. Smart explained, ‘The impact of…

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