• East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa
  • East Africa

Donors Ourselves

Private philanthropy is one of the key institutions that rural communities need to thrive. When coupled with strong local leadership, a vision for the future, and individual initiative, philanthropic investment can be a catalyst for positive change.

Outside philanthropies such as major national foundations have a responsibility to invest in rural communities. But it's also true that rural communities can invest in themselves to build a stronger, more sustainable future. Donors Ourselves promotes private and public policies that create healthy communities through local and national philanthropy.

Press

---------

Documentary and Book

Rural development philanthropy is not about building the biggest endowment. It is about combining the tools of community development and philanthropy in a way that truly serves what is best and most just for a community. - Katharine Pearson Criss, "Donors Ourselves"

All communities, no matter how poor they might seem, have assets they can invest in themselves.

"Donors Ourselves" is the story of how people in two very different places – East Africa and East Tennessee – built on their assets of leadership, local knowledge, and capital to create a brighter future for their communities.

more>>

New Activities

The Center for Rural Strategies participated in the Council on Foundation's Rural Philanthropy Conference in Little Rock, Ark., July 13-15, 2009. The program included an address by President Bill Clinton, workshops on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and sessions on the role of philanthropy in rural communities. Dee Davis, Rural Strategies' president, and Whitney Coe, program associate and staff for the National Rural Assembly, attended the conference.

Rural Development Philanthropy Collaborative

The Rural Development Philanthropy Collaborative is an emerging network of nonprofits, foundations, and other leaders promoting creative new approaches to building stronger communities.

While Rural Development Philanthropy may be a new concept to the formal philanthropic world, its roots run deep in our ethnic and rural heritage. Rural Development Philanthropy rises from a rural legacy in which people made decisions together, provided mutual support, and set the course for the community’s future.

The coalition includes organizations like Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group, Black Belt Community Foundation, East Tennessee Foundation, Humboldt Area Foundation, Kenya Community Development Foundation, and Fundación PUMA.

more>>