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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

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

Is Rural America Philanthropy’s Final Frontier?

Written by: Ryan Schlegel

Date: November 02, 2015

Editor's Note: Updated 12pm November 2, 2015. Institutional philanthropy in the United States has long neglected rural communities. As recently noted by the Nonprofit Quarterly, it seems rural philanthropic investment levels may be at a low… Read More


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