Rural Rising: Supporting Equity, Sustainability, and Resilience in Rural and Small-Town America

Whether your organization has many investments in rural communities or you are still puzzling out what the term “rural” really means, we invite you to join this dynamic three-part webinar series and explore opportunities to learn from, lift up, and support innovative and equity-promoting work in rural and small-town communities across the country. 

  • The first webinar in the series shared high-level takeaways and recommendations from two recents scans on organizing and civic engagement in rural communities,  as well as reflections from leaders of dynamic frontline organizations.
  • Our second webinar reflected on emerging implications of this year's mid-term elections for rural and small-town communities and the issues we collectively care about

If you are a foundation staff or board member currently funding in rural communities across the country or interested in funding in rural communities and small-towns, we encourage you to join us in the last installment of the series, hosted by Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG), The Heartland Fund, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders (SAFSF), and co-sponsored by Philanthropy Southwest.


Infusing Racial Justice into Rural Organizing

Thursday, December 13 (11:00-12:15 PT / 12:00-1:15 MT / 1:00-2:15 CT / 2:00-3:15 ET)

Hear directly from rural organizing groups and racial justice advocates on how they have partnered with each other to increase their multiracial connections, deepen their racial justice analysis and practices, and build stronger bridges between rural and urban communities.



Please direct any questions to Adriana Rocha, Vice President of Programs at Neighborhood Funders Group, or Susie DiMauro, Program Manager at the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders.


About the Integrated Rural Strategies Group: Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) established the Integrated Rural Strategies Group to assist the philanthropic field to understand where the opportunities exist and released "Voices from the Field: Rural Organizers on What They Need From Funders." The scan lifts up voices of organizers on the ground and identifies priorities for the organizing work already taking place. It also further defines the Integrated Rural Strategies Group's role and intended impact on the landscape of rural organizing. Learn more at

About "All the People, All the Places:" In response to increasing concern among funders and advocates about the widening divide between rural and urban America, Wallace Global Fund released "All the People, All the Places: A Landscape of Opportunity for Rural and Small Town Civic Engagement". The report observes that this divide has indeed strained our nation’s social fabric and damaged public interest policy-making across issues and communities. Importantly, the scan also provides insightful perspective on promising opportunities that advocates and organizers working in rural and small town communities offer to funders investing in positive change. 

About The Heartland Fund: The Heartland Fund is a new pooled donor fund, initiated by the Wallace Global Fund and The Franciscan Sisters of Mary, that supports diverse local leaders and organizations to promote social, environmental, and economic common cause across racial and urban/rural divides in the Midwest.