Rural Philanthropy

The Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation are excited to co-host a meeting in the Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 4, 2017 to discuss how work already underway across the Southwest supports achieving the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

Enjoy a day rich in new experiences and ideas — where you will be challenged to think more deeply, entertain new perspectives, and ultimately dig into potential new narratives for rural America. We will create an environment to spur your thinking about existing assets in new ways, new assets that are needed, ways to turn assets into opportunities, and importantly, how to better engage citizens toward new narratives for economic and social prosperity.

In this week's Washington Snapshot: New Tax Leadership for Senate Finance Democrats; White House Highlights Data in Response to Recent Tragedies; Council Launches Sustainable Development Goals Report; A Fund to Restore a Historic Building; Nonprofits, Funders Oppose Massachusetts Property Tax Mandate; Philanthropy's Role in Serving the "Public" Interest; and more!

The Great Recession hurt many Americans, and rural communities across the US have had to continue fighting to provide residents with facilities to educate their children, businesses that offer goods and employment, and other institutions to meet residents’ needs. In rural communities, it’s not uncommon for children to have to ride the bus for an hour to get to school and another hour to get home. It’s not uncommon for people to have to drive 45 minutes to get their groceries. Broadband Internet is rarely available and residents rely on very slow dial-up connections.

Fifteen years ago, a dedicated group of Appalachian Ohio’s leaders recognized a significant gap in their region. Appalachian Ohio was woefully undercapitalized in philanthropic resources, making it harder for the region’s communities to address challenges and pursue opportunities. The philanthropy gap was standing in the way of community and regional progress so, leaders from across the region created the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO).