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Resources by Topic: Philanthropy

Case Study: Northeastern Iowa
Results of a field study documenting how philanthropy and community can work together to support rural vitality. Part of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis series.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University Office of Rural Philanthropic Analysis
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Investing in Native Communities: Philanthropic Funding for Native American Communities and Causes
Provides access to information about funding in Native communities, and helps practitioners connect with organizations and peers who are grounded in philanthropic work across a range of issue areas. Features statistics including amounts and percentages of annual foundation funding explicitly benefiting Native Americans from 2002-2016, and lists of top foundations and top recipients of grant dollars explicitly benefiting Native Americans in 2015 and 2016, with breakdowns by organization and U.S. region.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Candid, Native Americans in Philanthropy
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Summary Report to the Field #5: What Does Equity Mean for Rural Philanthropic Work?
Part five of a series discussing the rural philanthropic work of ten foundations across the U.S. focused on equity. Covers multiple definitions of equity and the placed-based strategies to benefit rural communities.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University
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Summary Report to the Field #4: Foundations Supporting Rural Leadership Programs
Part four of a series discussing ten, past and present, rural leadership programs supported through foundation funds. Summarizes trends in rural leadership programs.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University
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Summary Report to the Field #3: State and Regional Philanthropy Serving Organizations and Rural-Focused Activity
Part three of a series discussing the results of an examination of state and regional philanthropic support organizations (PSO) to determine their current rural philanthropy efforts and level of support.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University
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Summary Report to the Field #2: Philanthropic Support Organizations and Rural-Focused Activity on Behalf of Members
Part two of a series discussing the results of an examination of thirty-five philanthropic support organizations (PSO) to determine their current rural philanthropy efforts and support.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University
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Summary Report to the Field Number 1: Rural Group Recommendations for National Funders
Part one of a series discussing the results of questionnaire responses from 22 people representing national rural groups in areas including education, broadband, transit, housing, and healthcare workforce development. Offers recommendations for ways in which national funders can most effectively promote the work of rural groups.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University
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Much More Than Money — The Impact of Small Rural Foundations
Blog post describing 5 ways in which small foundations in rural areas leverage non-financial assets to improve their communities.
Author(s): Allen Smart
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Exponent Philanthropy
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Voices from the Field: Rural Organizers on What They Need from Funders
Summarizes findings from interviews with rural organizers to identify their philanthropy needs and areas of concern. Offers guidance for supporting rural philanthropy, specifically highlighting five areas: defining characteristics of rural communities; race equality; prosperity and economic sustainability; electoral power and civic engagement; and philanthropy and organizing opportunities. Covers recommendations and lesson learned to inform future rural philanthropy efforts.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Neighborhood Funders Group
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Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders
Outlines challenges facing older people, people with disabilities, and people in areas with few mobility options. Includes a section on funding strategies for rural transit. Describes successful programs, defines mobility as a social determinant of health, and explores approaches for improvement, including new partnerships with healthcare providers and telehealth.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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