Rural Economic Development Philanthropy Innovation Network

Beginning in 2017

jtFoundations active in rural places want to see their work lead to better outcomes for rural communities and people. Rather than simply try to lessen the symptoms of an economy that is not working well for all, more and more place-rooted foundations want to address deeper root causes. They want to build economically prosperous regions that also help low-income families, businesses and communities get ahead.

To help expand and deepen the work of rural-serving community foundations in the field of economic development, The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG) and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship (CRE) plan to convene six to nine foundations to participate in an 18-month action-learning network, the Rural Economic Development Philanthropy Innovators Network (REDPIN).

A request for interest will be available for eligible community foundations in early January 2017. To receive information about REDPIN and related work, please sign up here.

To read our best thinking about this emerging movement – and stories of foundations working in this new way – see our October 2016 article in The Foundation Review, Economic Development Philanthropy: A New Domain for Place-Rooted Foundations.