2017 Rural Funders Gathering

2017 Rural Funders Gathering

Event details

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 to Wednesday, June 21, 2017
9:00am to 3:00pm PDT
The Ford Family Foundation, 1600 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471

About this event

Please join us for the 2017 Rural Funders Gathering on June 20-21, 2017 at The Ford Family Foundation Conference Center in beautiful Roseburg, Oregon.

Registration is now closed for this event. Please contact Lyn Hunter at or at 206-443-8461 with any questions.


The purpose of the convening is to create space for people with deep experience and wisdom practicing rural philanthropy and community development to learn from one another. The agenda is being designed to utilize the creative intelligence in the room with a focus on sharing knowledge and building relationships. The overall goal of the gathering is to generate opportunities to interact, learn, and share in ways that deepen and expand everyone's practice in rural philanthropy.

While the agenda is not yet finalized, the design team is hard at work alongside facilitators Fisher Qua and Lisa Fisher from The Giving Practice who also facilitated the 2016 gathering.

The 2017 Design Team consists of participants from the 2016 gathering: The Ford Family Foundation, Sherwood Trust, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Telluride Community Foundation, Montana Community Foundation, Orton Family Foundation and Nebraska Community Foundation. It is being sponsored with generous donations from The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, the Sherwood Trust and Shelk Foundation. It is being hosted by The Ford Family Foundation and coordinated by Philanthropy Northwest.

To ensure a personal one-on-one atmosphere, we are limiting participation to 40 participants. This is also an invitation-only event. Please alert Philanthropy Northwest if you would like to include other rural funding peers.

Logistics: The Rural Funders Gathering will take place on Tuesday, June 20 at 9:00am through Wednesday, June 21 at 3:00 pm. All events will take place at The Ford Family Foundation Conference Room. The Conference Room is located at The Ford Family Foundation’s headquarters: 1600 NW Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471.

Hotel Information: Overnight accommodations have been made at the Windmill Inn of Roseburg,1450 NW Mulholland Drive, Roseburg, OR 97470. The Group Rate is $82.00 plus 9.8% sales tax (estimated $90). Please call the hotel directly at 541-673-0901 and request the “Ford Family Foundation” group block. You may cancel your guestroom up until 24 hours prior to arrival. Should any individual cancel within 24 hours of arrival, you will be charged one night at the group rate of $82.00 plus 9.8% tax per room cancelled.

Travel and Carpooling: The closest airport to Roseburg is the Eugene, OR airport. It is about a 1.5 hour drive from Eugene to Roseburg. All the major car rental agencies are available at the Eugene Airport. There are no airport shuttles available. If you are interested in carpooling please use this link from Group Carpool that will help us organize groups most efficiently. On the app, please specify whether you would like to offer offer to drive a carpool or request a carpool ("Join Waitlist").

For more information: Contact Lyn Hunter, Philanthropy Northwest at and 206-443-8461.

Cancellation Policy

Please notify us of cancellation by email at

  • On or before May 24 - Full Refund minus $50 processing fee
  • On or before May 31 - Refund of 50% of registration fee
  • On or before June 7 - Refund of 25% of registration fee
  • On or before June 14 - No refund available

Cancellations within 24 hours of program start due to family emergencies or illness are eligible to receive a full refund minus $100 processing fee. Individuals who need to cancel are encouraged to transfer their registration to another eligible attendee.

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