The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The Progressive Funders Looking to Build Power Across Divides in the American Heartland

The 2016 election was a reckoning moment for a philanthropy sector long disconnected from rural America. A new funding initiative is looking to remedy that by supporting organizing and movement-building in neglected regions, focusing on the Midwest.

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Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

Unusual Suspects: Two Big Funders Move Off the Beaten Path to Boost Community Development

More anti-poverty funders are looking beyond major cities to struggling rural communities. The latest example of grantmakers casting a wider net is the Communities Thrive Challenge, from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Rockefeller Foundation.

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Will These Big New Foundations Pay Attention to Rural America?

 Will These Big New Foundations Pay Attention to Rural America?

Health conversion foundations play a growing role in helping communities that are off the beaten path. Now, as three new such foundations get ready to give away $300 million annually, advocates for rural America hope that more support is set to flow.

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When Seconds Count: One Funder's Work to Improve Stroke Outcomes in Rural America

When Seconds Count: One Funder's Work to Improve Stroke Outcomes in Rural America

The Helmsley Charitable Trust continues to address key healthcare challenges faced by rural residents. We look at the latest big grant by this national funder working off the beaten trail on matters of life and death.

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A Mental Health Funder Looks to Rural Texas as It Shifts Upstream

A Mental Health Funder Looks to Rural Texas as It Shifts Upstream

The Hogg Foundation, one of the few stalwart backers of mental health, is looking to better address the underlying factors that determine well-being. We hear how the new strategy came about and why rural areas will get more attention.

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Myths and Opportunities: What's Happening in Rural Philanthropy?

Myths and Opportunities: What's Happening in Rural Philanthropy?

Experts and top funders in rural America say there’s far more activity and sophistication in this corner of philanthropy than most people realize. But also some challenging issues, especially for newcomers to the field.

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The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

The Regional Funders Backing Early Childhood Learning—With a Twist

Early childhood learning is emerging as a promising field within education philanthropy, but funds tend to flow toward urban centers and often ignore childcare entirely. Here's an exception.

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