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Build Relationships with Local Organizations with Similar Interests and Missions

Working with other organizations that have similar interests and missions is beneficial when seeking philanthropic funding. Rural organizations often have strong partnerships with other organizations in the community and a history of collaboration. Community partnerships can help rural organizations to demonstrate a true community approach to the issue. Partners may include:

  • Healthcare providers
  • EMS providers
  • First responders
  • School districts
  • Community-based organizations
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Philanthropic organizations

Philanthropies like to see that an organization has partners working toward a common cause and that organizations have tried to support their projects through local means. Moreover, partnering with other organizations can increase the program's impact in a community or region.

Resources to Learn More

Developing and Communicating a Vision
Website
Provides guidance on how to develop and communicate an organization's vision and includes a checklist and PowerPoint.
Organization(s): Center for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas
Date: 2018

New Frontiers for Funding: An Introduction to Grantmaking in Rural Aging
Document
Provides guidance on identifying partners, working in partnership with the community, and thinking about sustainability, with a focus on grantmakers working on programs in the field of rural aging.
Organization(s): Grantmakers in Aging
Date: 2017