This convening will create space for people with deep experience and wisdom practicing rural philanthropy and community development to learn from one another. 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 sponsored with generous donations from The Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, Sherwood Trust and Shelk Foundation. It is being hosted by The Ford Family Foundation and coordinated by Philanthropy Northwest.
Kim Moore | Guest Contributor, Retired President, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund | Many foundations are taking steps to include rural constituencies in their work. We studied this work around the country in The Rural Philanthropy Analysis and developed five strategies uniquely important to grantmakers funding rural projects. more »
Our "virtual roundtable" interviews feature a group of leaders from across our network who work on a common issue area, illuminating the diversity of place-based approaches to the shared topic. We kicked this series off in February with the CEOs of five healthcare conversion foundations, then continued in March with the Pacific Northwest's seven statewide nonprofit associations and April with four leading arts funders. For May, we interviewed grantmakers from five foundations — The Ford Family Foundation, Montana Community Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation and Wyoming Community Foundation — focused on rural communities. more »
Lawson F. Knight, Intermountain Impact Investments | Some people crave security and predictability in their careers. Not me. I'm drawn to adventure and invention — doing things we don't know how to do yet. One of my mentors, Dr. Ellen Wolf, past president and board member of the Blue Mountain Community Foundation, recognized this and predicted that I would someday leave my comfortable position as the foundation's executive director to blaze new trails. She was right. With a colleague in Wyoming, I co-founded Intermountain Impact Investments last year. more »