Rural Philanthropy Keeps America Strong

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates approximately 14% of Americans live in rural areas – over 46 million people. We have been privileged to serve many of them over the years. In fact, we are currently in the midst of conducting six capital campaigns and feasibility studies in rural America. When meeting with these clients, we share a report commissioned by the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers that said it best:

“We all benefit from rural philanthropy whether we live in a rural place or not. What affects one small, rural place can spill over to help–or hurt–an entire region. When a farmworker in Kansas benefits from better health care, so do the farmer, the miller, the baker, the trucker, and the child, many miles away, who carries the sandwich to school”

No matter if you live in a big city or small town, effective philanthropy requires a “sparkplug,” someone who can serve in a position of authority to coordinate political and financial resources toward enacting the goals of the community. Our methodology of Hyper-Philanthropy™️ allows you to naturally identify this “spark plug” through an inclusive process. A unique benefit of practicing philanthropy in rural areas is that while one person often isn’t enough to serve as a “spark plug” in an urban area, one person can make a substantial difference on a rural project. We have seen this time and again: recruiting a strong Board chair who can inject enthusiasm into a community campaign. The importance of a strong brand ambassador cannot be underestimated, and this type of person makes all the difference on projects, especially ones that need completed under an accelerated timeframe.

Contact us today if you are ready to become Hyper about Philanthropy.