2016 Annual Conference | April 8-12, 2016 | Washington, DC

The Future of Community

 Identity.  Purpose.  Place.

Rural Philanthropy: Advancing Rural Communities' Economic Success

This peer-learning program will explore how a wide range of foundations are playing effective roles in improving economic outcomes and prospects for rural communities and regions. The session will be co-designed and co-facilitated by Janet Topolsky, the Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, and Deborah M. Markley, Ph.D., the co-founder and Managing Director of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship. Featured will be case studies, strategies, and tactics that foundation and community leaders are using to help foster and strengthen inclusive economic approaches – ones that reduce inequality and increase the chances of prosperity for all residents.  

The Council is grateful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Fremont Area Community Foundation for their generous support of this preconference program.

Advisory Group

Kathleen Annette, M.D.
President and CEO
Blandin Foundation

Cristina Castro-Matukewicz
Vice President Community Affairs Manager
Wells Fargo

David Leckey
Executive Director
The Orton Family Foundation

Carla Roberts
President and CEO
Fremont Area Community Foundation

Sherece Y. West-Scantlebury, Ph.D.
President and CEO
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

*Council events are not opportunities for solicitation of any kind, including asking for business, fund management, or grants. All types of solicitation are strictly prohibited. For more information, read our no solicitation policy.