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2020 census needs funder support to ensure rural inclusion

Written by: Allison Ahcan, Allen Smart

Date: January 03, 2019

The most important upcoming policy moment that will affect rural communities is the 2020 census. An overreliance on on-line respondents, a shortage of dedicated staff focused on hard to count populations and a lack of previously… Read More

“South Meets West”? Philanthropy needs to invest in grassroots organizations in California and the South

Written by: Ben Barge

Date: March 20, 2018

California and the American South have much in common. They’re both economic powerhouses. They’re both engines of culture, literature and film. And they’re both dynamos of resistance, from the mayor of Oakland’s recent Immigration and Customs… Read More

Which steps should funders take to address the effects of climate change?

Written by: NCRP

Date: December 13, 2017

This year's drought, hurricanes and other extreme climate and weather events have been devastating, and many experts predict that they will become the new normal as a result of climate change. Unfortunately, foundations and other donors have… Read More

6 (more) do’s and don’ts for foundations and donors

Written by: NCRP

Date: July 12, 2017

Is your foundation investing in a diversity of assets across the communities it serves? Does your organization struggle to get funding because of perceived capacity restraints? In our first As the South Grows report, "As the South Grows:… Read More

The email that changed everything

Written by: Alissa Hauser

Date: September 15, 2016

In 2014, this email from a grant applicant hit our inboxes: “Your organization is really not treating people with respect. This is the second time I was told that there would be a delay in your… Read More

Reversing the Current of Underinvestment in Rural Communities

Written by: Aaron Dorfman

Date: May 16, 2016

Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from NCRP Executive Director Aaron Dorfman's keynote speech to the 2016 Central Minnesota Nonprofit Summit, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits on May 5, 2016. Read the entire speech here. In… Read More


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