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Rural Economic Development Philanthropy Innovators Network Invitation

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship are inviting rural-serving community foundations to apply to participate in the Rural Economic Development Philanthropy Innovators Network - an 18-month action-learning network of up to nine community foundations that aim to expand and improve their economic development practice and results. Please read on and apply by February 10 if your foundation is interested.

Why launch a Network for community foundations focused on rural economic development? We know from our work across the country that foundations active in rural places want to see their work lead to stronger outcomes for the rural communities they care about. They want to build economically prosperous regions that also help low-income families, businesses and communities get ahead. Indeed, what change might we see in rural America if more community foundations embraced a role in economic development - economic development that builds resilience, creativity and resources to endure and help even more to prosper?

How To Apply

All applications are due by February 10, 2017. Download the full Application Announcement and, when you are ready, start an application here.

Email your questions to Travis Green or call 202-736-5856.

This Innovators Network will offer participating foundations a framework for identifying the best leverage point(s) for foundation action, expose foundations to a range of relevant and inventive current practices, and provide peer advising and support to help each foundation take productive economic development action. Over the course of the Network, each participating foundation will analyze their local economic system and apply community and economic development tools to advance regional prosperity while helping low-income families, places and firms get ahead.

For more details about the Network, its structure and activities, and the requirements of participation, please read the full announcement by clicking here. Applications to participate are due by February 10 and participants will be selected no later than March 3. For more information, please email Travis Green, Program Manager, Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, or call 202-736-5856.

For more on Economic Development Philanthropy, please read our recent article in The Foundation Review - "A New Domain for Place-Rooted Foundations: Economic Development Philanthropy."

Read the full announcement

Start an application

Please let KACF know if you apply. KHF would consider helping with the match and travel expenses if folks don’t have the ability to come up with the funds

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