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Field Notes

August 2022 Newsletter

Erin Rodriguez
August 4, 2022
Who is the community? Why are you engaging with them? Who does community engagement serve? How will you ensure you are reaching folks who are typically excluded? Are you prepared to act on recommendations that come from the community?

This checklist of questions came out of our discussion on rural philanthropy and community engagement in July with two of our partners, Sonya Salanti from the Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation in Coös County, NH and Chris Lemon from the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation in Washtenaw County, Michigan.  Approximately 1 in 5 Americans lives in a rural area, but only 6% of foundation grants target such communities. It was our honor to hear from two funders about what it means to meaningfully engage local communities in using those precious funds effectively and equitably.  If you weren’t able to attend this discussion live, we are sharing it here so you can read, listen, or watch the recording. Additionally, we hope you will take time to check out the reports (see below) from our work with Chris and Sonya.

Happy Summer!


Included in this Newsletter:

  • PANEL DISCUSSION: Rural Philanthropy and Community Engagement
  • REPORT: Healthy Aging and Community Engagement in Washtenaw County, Michigan

  • PROJECT: Strategic Planning to Serve Coös County, NH and Surrounding Communities in the U.S. and Canada
  • STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Summer Interns


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