Align to Thrive: Philanthropy and Rural Prosperity

Do any foundations want to play a role in rural economic development? (Isn’t that someone else’s job?) Why or why not? If they do care about it, what roles might they play in improving economic outcomes for rural people, places, and economies? How can my rural concerns align with theirs? This session will explore these questions in ways that help community leaders better understand their potential to forge a partnership with philanthropy. We’ll share stories, strategies and tactics that rural community and economic development organizations are using to partner with foundations to help foster and strengthen rural families, businesses, communities, and economic sectors.


Janet Topolsky
Executive Director, Community Strategies Group, The Aspen Institute

Deborah Markley
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Track: Resources for Rural Communities

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