2009 Philanthropy and Rural America Conference: Outcomes and Recommendations

2009 Philanthropy and Rural America Conference: Outcomes and Recommendations

Earlier this year, the Council on Foundations, in collaboration with the National Rural Funders Collaborative, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and other organizations, hosted a two-day rural philanthropy conference that focused on the issues of rural economic development and philanthropic capacity, energy and the environment, and education. A summary of the proceedings, 2009 Philanthropy and Rural America Conference: Outcomes and Recommendations (8 pages, PDF), identifies four general priorities for advancing rural philanthropy: facilitating collaborations between grantmakers and others to address rural challenges and opportunities; supporting the creation of a grassroots movement aimed at improving rural education; developing ways for large foundations to get more involved with rural organizations; and raising awareness of the vital role nonprofits play in fueling local economies.