Rural Philanthropy Toolkit
Welcome to the Rural Philanthropy Toolkit. This toolkit compiles emerging practices and resources to
support rural communities seeking to build relationships with philanthropies across the United
Philanthropies provide a critical source of funding for community-based health programs. However, it
can be challenging for small and rural communities to build relationships with philanthropies,
particularly when they are not located in the same geographic area.
This toolkit presents practical strategies that can help rural communities build successful
partnerships with philanthropies. In particular, it focuses on:
Preparing for partnerships with philanthropies
Conducting outreach to philanthropies
Establishing and sustaining partnerships with philanthropies
The target audiences for the toolkit are rural organizations including: healthcare providers, such as
hospitals and clinics; nonprofit organizations; faith-based organizations; businesses; networks; and
For more information about rural community health programs, including how to develop and implement a program,
please visit the Rural Community Health Toolkit.
Module 1: Introduction
Overview of philanthropic giving in the U.S. and unique challenges that rural communities face.
Module 2: Emerging Practices
Strategies for developing partnerships with philanthropies.
Module 3: Program Clearinghouse
Examples of emerging strategies, implemented in rural communities for partnering with philanthropies.
Module 4: Implementation
Important issues to consider and address when building relationships with philanthropies.
Module 5: Evaluation
Guidance for strengthening evaluations for philanthropic grants.
Module 6: Funding & Sustainability
Resources to plan for sustainability when receiving funding from philanthropies.
Module 7: Dissemination
Strategies to share information about rural programs with philanthropies.