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NRFC Events

Annual Assembly Summary Report, September 2003 focusing on Fund Strategic Opportunities, Best Practices, and Advancing Rural Policy

Annual Assembly Summary Report, July 2004 focusing on ‘Rural Community Transformation

Mid-Term Learning Event, January 2003 focusing on public policy advocacy, entrepreneurship, and social change evaluation methodology.

Building the Network, June 2002 focusing on building collaboration for rural community transformation.

Past Rural Events

May 29-31, 2007
National Symposium on Poverty & Economic Security ( Bethesda, MD )
Please follow this link for the program book as well transcripts and press from the event.

NRFC Publications

NRFC Year One Performance Review, September 2003 a review of the regional collaboratives and NRFC's first year of work.

NRFC Strategic Readiness Framework, March 2003 framework for conversations about capacity and performance measurement

Rural Connections Issue 1 - Rural America: Our Crown Jewel, by The Honorable James A. Joseph, August 2001

Rural Connections Issue 2 - Inviting Strategic Engagement: The Multi-Regional, Multi-Layered Experiment of the National Rural Funders Collaborative, Spring 2003

Rural Connections Issue 3, Annual Review: Strategic Investments 2003

NRFC's Three Year Report: Transforming Rural America: Many Faces, Diverse Voices, Distant Places, Common Choices. Reflections from the first three years: 2002-2005 National Rural Funders Collaborative

Lessons from the Field — Our First Three Years, an insert from the Three Year Report featuring Lessons Learned, Spring 2006

Transforming Rural Poverty - Feature Story Series, Spring 2006

NRFC Presentations

"Why Invest in Rural America? And How? A Critical Public Policy Question for the 21st Century": Karl N. Stauber, Ph. D., presents an in-depth analysis on why current rural policy fails to meet the needs of rural people and communities creating a Rural America of the rich and the poor. He explores key reasons to continue investment.

"Working Differently: The Challenge and Value of Collaboration": A presentation given by Jim Richardson, NRFC to Rural Community College Alliance, October 2003

Building Family Economic Success: A presentation given by Miriam Shark, The Annie E. Casey Foundation to the NRFC Annual Assembly, September 2003

Building Wealth: A presentation given by Michael Sherraden, Ph.D., Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development Director, Center for Social Development to the NRFC Annual Assembly, September 2003

Lean Manufacturing Training: A presentation given by John Molinaro, West Central Initiative to the NRFC Annual Assembly, September 2003

NRFC Overview: A presentation given by Jim Richardson, NRFC, to HRSA at the All Programs Meeting, August 2003

"Some Facts and Figures on the South and the Mid-South Mississippi Delta Region": A presentation given by Bo Beaulieu, Southern Rural Development Center at the Mid South Delta Convening, May 2003

Rural Community College Alliance Meeting, October 2002

"NRFC: Early History and New Directions": A presentation given by Jim Richardson, NRFC to Ford Foundation, January 2002

Policy Discussions Presentation: A presentation given by the Henry A. Wallace Center for Agriculture & Environmental Policy at the NRFC Mid-term event, January 2002

Entrepreneurship Discussion Presentation: A presentation given by the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship at the NRFC Mid-term event, January 2002

Outcomes Discussion Presentation: A presentation given by Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at the NRFC Mid-Term event, January 2002

Philanthropy

“Philanthropy and Rural America:  An Agenda for the 21st Century”
An Executive Summary from the August 2007 convening in Missoula, Mt.

2007 Conference on “Philanthropy and Rural America”
In August of 2007, the Council on Foundations along with the Montana Community Foundation, the Northwest Area Foundation and others convened a “Conference on Philanthropy and Rural America:  A 21st Century Agenda.”

2007 Advanced Practice Institute: How Philanthropy Can Help Rural Communities Build Their Own Assets & Resources 
Read about last year’s API and background resources of various groups.

Local Artists Infuse Assets into the Blackfeet Community Endowment Fund
NRFC continues to highlight philanthropic efforts where we currently have investments. This month, we feature the Blackfeet Community Foundation in East Glacier, MT.

Community-Based Philanthropy: Coming Together in a Circle of Inclusion and Strength
The NRFC explores various forms of philanthropy, including giving circles. New philanthropic models, evolving from giving practices in communities of color, demonstrate the power of giving, sharing and leveraging resources.

NRFC, Community Investment Network and Community Philanthropy
NRFC advances community philanthropy through support of a key partner, the Community Investment Network. Learn about the partnership.

Advanced Practice Institute:  How Philanthropy Can Help Rural Communities Build Their Own Assets & Resources, May 2007 materials from the 2007 Annual COF meeting Advance Practice Insitute

Challenges, Roles and Relationships for Regional and National Funders Investing Rural, October 2002 (pdf) report from a gathering of rural funders

The Mid South Delta Collaborating for Change, April 2003 report from the convening of funders and partners in the Delta

"Building a Foundation for the Future: A Review of Economic Development and Human Capital Investment in the Mid-South Delta during the 1990's", May 2003

Working Differently with the Delta, November 2005

Working Differently: Collaborating for Change, Winter 2005 article from Rural Matters

RISE 2020: A New Framework for Supporting Rural Communities
Rural Indiana comes into focus through a new, strategic vision that breaks the boundaries of past thinking and leverages human, social, political, natural, built, cultural and financial assets over the next 15 years.

RISE 2020 Blog
Is the RISE 2020 Framework helpful in advancing wealth creation in your state? What are some of the specific issues and challenges in your region? Does it move communities of color out of poverty? Does it close the gap on economic disparities? Join the dialogue about the value and application of this framework to other rural communities and states.

RISE 2020 Presentation
View the PowerPoint summary.

Policy

Philanthropy and Rural Policy: Reframing the Way Forward
A Background Briefing Report to the National Rural Funders Collaborative (NRFC), in preparation for a consultative dialogue with the U.S. foundation community interested in national rural policy issues
Presented by the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) and the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO)

NRFC Fact Sheet: Proposed Federal Budget and Policy Changes

NRFC Interagency Forum on Wealth Creation

Working Differently in Rural Communities: A Public-Private Conversation, June 2003

NRFC Policy Event: Washington, D.C.: Report and Recommendations, May 2003

"Leadership Development for Policy Change: Strengthening Communities of Color Through Leadership Development"
PolicyLink, 2003
Dwayne S. Marsh, Milly Hawk Daniel, Kris Putnam

Getting By: Maine Livable Wages in 2002
A 2003 publication outlining county and state livable wages based on research by the Maine Center for Economic Policy.
Authors: Lisa Pohlmann and Christopher St. John, Maine Center for Economic Policy

HHS Rural Task Force Report, July 2002 (internet connection required)
Distributed by: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Making Changes: Turning Local Visions into National Solutions
Agricultural and Rural Development Policy Recommendations from the Agriculture Policy Project, May 2001 (Executive Summary).
Published by: Agriculture Policy Project, Henry A. Wallace Center for Agricultural & Environmental Policy at Winrock International

A Rural Policy for our Nation: Charting a New Course for a Community - Based Approach
Final recommendations from a National Invited Dialogue Convened by Rural Policy Research Institute and the North Central Regional Rural Development Center.
Author: Chuck Fluharty, Rural Policy Research Institute and Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Swept Away: Chronic Hardship and Fresh Promise on the Rural Great Plains
A Socio-Economic Study of the Rural Great Plains
Author: Jon Bailey and Kim Preston, Center for Rural Affairs

Why Invest in Rural America - and How? A Critical Public Policy Question for the 21st Century
Author: Karl N. Stauber, Ph.D., Northwest Area Foundation

Race, Culture, Power

Pathways to Progress - Effective Communities
Effective Communities, Inc. has developed a new website to help philanthropies, nonprofits and communities assess their progress in achieving racial equity and social justice. The site also provides promising practices from the field.

Race Matters Series - Annie E. Casey Foundation
Explore this resource toolkit for community activists interested in achieving community change for children, families and communities of color.

Rebuilding Hope, Reclaiming History and Culture, Restoring Health: Stories of Success from Tribal and Native-Serving College
The North Central Regional Center for Rural Development is rebuilding, retooling and restoring hope to the community and tribal college system.

"Strategic Lessons for Reducing Persistent Rural Poverty," an article by Jonathan London and Jim Richardson, executive director, National Rural Funders Collaborative; Journal for Community Development Society

Zeroing In: Applied Research Center

Aspen Institute

Rural Economies

Building Wealth

Finding Rural America’s Prosperous Communities
Author: Bill Bishop

Market Shares: A Catalyst for Innovation, Impact and Mobilization in New Orleans Farmers Markets

Wealth Building in Rural America: Perspective, Knowledge, Outlook: A Summary
Author: Allison Van, National Rural Funders Collaborative

Wealth Building in Rural America: Potential in Human Diversity: A Summary
Author: Allison Van, National Rural Funders Collaborative

Wealth Building in Rural America: Programs, Policies, Research: A Summary
Author: Tom Waldron, Hatcher Group

Wealth Building in Rural America
Author: Michael Sherraden, Ph.D., Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development Director, Center for Social Development

"Growing Philanthropy Through Giving Circles: Lessons Learned from Start-up to Grantmaking"
Author: Tracey A. Rutnik and Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz. The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers
October 2003

"New Ventures in Philanthropy: Giving Together. A National Scan of Giving Circles and Shared Giving"
A Guidebook to Giving Circles
Forum of Regional Association of Grantmakers’ Giving Forum website.

"Competitiveness in Rural U.S. Regions: Learning and Research Agenda"
Author: Michael Porter, Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness. Harvard Business School
February 25, 2004.

Assets and the Poor: A New American Welfare Policy
Excerpts: Chapter 8: Toward a Theory of Welfare Based on Assets
Author: Michael Sherraden, Ph.D. Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development Director, Center for Social Development

Black Wealth/ White Wealth: A New Perspective on Racial Inequality
Excerpt from Introduction
Author: Melvin Oliver & Thomas Shapiro

Building Natural Assets: New Strategies for Poverty Reduction and Environmental Protection
Report from the National Assets Project, a collaborative initiative of the Ford Foundation and the Political Economy Research Institute
Author: James K. Boyce and Manuel Pastor, Political Economy Research Institute, U. of Mass

Building Wealth in Rural America
A presentation given to the NRFC Annual Assembly, September 2003
Author: Michael Sherraden, Ph.D. Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development Director, Center for Social Development

Building Wealth / Asset-Building Resources
A Selected Bibliography and Resources for the NRFC Annual Assembly Learning Theme: Wealth Creation
Author: F.B. Heron Foundation

Community Endowments for Community Futures
CFED: Ideas in Development (1999)
Author: Janet Topolsky and the Corporation for Enterprise Development

“The Importance and Impact of Alternative Rural Economies in Creating Wealth”
Karl Stauber with the Northwest Area Foundation addresses the 2006 Assets and Opportunities conference with an introduction by Gayle Williams with the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

“Overcoming Rural Poverty: Why Wealth Creation Matters”
Eloise Cobell with the Native American Bank addresses the 2006 Assets and Opportunities conference with an introduction by Rick Foster with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

“Creating Wealth in a Rural Context: Challenges and Opportunities”
Dr. Michael Sherraden with the Center for Social Development at Washington University in St. Louis addresses the 2006 Assets and Opportunities conference with an introduction by Chris Perez with the F.B. Heron Foundation

ALBA Featured on National Public Radio's "Marketplace"
The segment, Program Gives Workers Seeds for Success, features farm workers in California and the organic farming methods used by ALBA, the Agriculture and Land Based Training Association. Read the story or download the Podcast.

Eat What You Sow: Edible School Yard New Orleans
The Market Umbrella Initiative, supported by NRFC, creates an organic garden and integrates the bounty into a school lunch program.

Entrepreneurship

Bizpathways.org (internet connection required)
Bizpathways.org is an on-line tool for entrepreneurs and those providing technical and financial assistance to entrepreneurs. Bizpathways.org connects those looking for information with those that do!
A service provided by: Minnesota Rural Partners, Inc.

Energizing Entrepreneurs Monograph of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Author: Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur Development in Native American Communities
Effective state policy and practice bulletin
Published by: Corporation for Enterprise Development

Entrepreneurship Development in Native American Communities
This bulletin provides background on the challenges that Native American entrepreneurs face and highlights the organizations that currently provide quality entrepreneurship development services to Native American communities.
Published by: Corporation for Enterprise Development

Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurship Monograph of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Author: Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Outcomes Measurements: Tools for Energizing Entrepreneurship Monograph of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Author: Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Public Entrepreneurship Monograph of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Author: Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Rural Revival Strategies Series
Six strategies for revitalization of agricultural communities on the rural great plains
Understanding Entrepreneurial Talent: Tools for Entergizing Entrepreneurship Monograph of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Author: Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Why Entrepreneurship Monograph of the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Author: Don Macke, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship

Federal Policy and Asset Building
An Issue Brief from the New America Foundation
Author: Ray Boshara, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation

Financial Education in Native Communities
A briefing paper from the Native American Financial Literacy Coalition (2003)
Author: Jennifer Malkin, Corporation for Enterprise Development

For Every Child, a Stake in America
York Time Op-Ed, July 23, 2003
Author: Michael Sherraden, Ph.D. Benjamin E. Youngdahl Professor of Social Development Director, Center for Social Development & Ray Boshara, Asset Building Program, New America Foundation

Home Town Competitiveness: Helping Rural Communities Retool for Success in the 21st Century
A Monograph
Distributed by: Heartland Center for Leadership Development, RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and Nebraska Community Foundation

Land Rich and Dirt Poor: The Story of Indian Assets
Article published in Native Americans Journal, September 2003
Author: Rebecca Adamson, President, First Nations Development Institute

Racial Wealth Gap
An excerpt from "A Rolling Tide: Changes in the Distribution of Wealth in the U.S., 1989-2001"
Author: Arthur B. Kennickell, Senior Economist and Project Director, Survey of Consumer Finances, Federal Reserve Board

Transforming Leadership

Women's Business Training Program Launches in Watsonville
The El Pajaro Community Development Corporation launches a "getting your business off the ground" training program designed to promote economic equity for low-income and minority women, in collaboration with a community foundation and local banks.

Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground: New Dimensions on Race in America.
The American Assembly, Columbia University. Angela Glover Blackwell, Stewart Kwoh, Manuel Pastor. 2002. W.W. Norton & Company.

"Structural Racism and Community Building"
The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change
June 2004

"Leadership Development for Policy Change: Strengthening Communities of Color Through Leadership Development"
PolicyLink, 2003
Dwayne S. Marsh, Milly Hawk Daniel, Kris Putnam

Central Valley Partnership for Citizenship: Where it works, what it's done and lessons learned
Importance of paying attention to what's in the back as well as the front; harnessing the power of emerging groups and lessons learned about organizing as a collaborative.
Author: Isao Fujimoto, Project Facilitator, Central Valley Partnership

Fertile Ground: Reflections on Grassroots Leadership Development
Author: MDC, Inc. and Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

Native American Business Participation in E-Commerce: An Assessment of Technical Assistance and Training Needs (internet connection required)
This project was initiated to address the participation of Native American business owners in e-commerce.
Authors: Corry Bregendahl, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development and Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Vision to Action: Take Charge Too (internet connection required)
This publication provides practitioners with a basic guideline for helping communities and organizations develop a vision, and an action plan for accomplishing that vision.
Published by: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Youth Empowerment and Community Action in the Central Valley: Mapping the Opportunities and Challenges
Survey of 50 youth-serving programs in California's Central Valley. Includes recommendations for funders, policy makers, and practitioners to improve and expand youth empowerment in the region.
Authors: Jonathan London and Allison Young, Youth In Focus

Building Self Sufficient Families

Strategic Lessons for Reducing Persistent Rural Poverty: A Social Justice Approach to Funding Rural Community Transformation
NRFC's 10-year initiative seeks to reduce and overcome rural poverty while addressing race, class and power as conditions to be mitigated.

Assets in Arkansas: Building Wealth for Economic Security, A report of the Arkansas Assets Coalition
Author: Angela Duran, Good Faith Fund

Building Family Economic Success
Presented at NRFC Annual Assembly
Presentation by: Miriam Shark, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Boom, Bust & Beyond: The State of Working Arkansas
Author: Angela Duran, Good Faith Fund

Industry Partners, Impact Report, July 2003
Distributed by: Good Faith Fund

Lean Manufacturing Training
As designed and implemented by Minnesota Technology, Inc. With Support from West Central Initiative
Presentation by: John Molinaro, West Central Initiative

Rapid Assets Individual Development Accounts, Impact Report, February 2003
Author: Angela Duran, Good Faith Fund

Self-Sufficiency: Assets as Critical as Income
Author: Angela Duran, Good Faith Fund

Welfare Reform in Arkansas: Making It Possible for More Parents to Work and Support Their Families (May 2002)
Author: Angela Duran, Good Faith Fund

The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) in Arkansas: An Assessment of Performance and a Vision for the Future (August 2002)
Author: Mike Leach, Good Faith Fund

Tools

The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Rural KIDS COUNT Pocket Guide 
Presented by: The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Performance Measures

Building Funder-NGO Collaboration: Building a Theory of Social Change (internet connection required)
Presented at NRFC Annual Assembly
Author: Jim Richardson, National Rural Funders Collaborative and Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Intertribal Agricultural Council ADVOCATES PROGRAM
Author: Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Measuring Rural Development: Why Not Just Count Jobs? (internet connection required)
Author: Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Minnesota Farm Advocates
Author: Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Moving from individual situations to community solutions (internet connection required)
Author: Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development Rural Development News Volume 25, Number 2, 2001: Monitoring and Evaluation Study Yields Lessons for Land-grant Researchers and Extension Educators (internet connection required)
Author: Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Performance Based Measurement and Community Building (internet connection required)
Author: Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Poverty Reduction and Rural Development (internet connection required)
Author: Cornelia Butler Flora, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Sociology, Iowa State University and Director, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development

Redefining Success in Community Development: A New Approach for Determining and Measuring the Impact of Development
Author: Sherry Salway Black, Senior Vice President, First Nations Development Institute

 

 
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