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  • Building Grantee Capacity

    This summer we’re piloting two new programs to increase our impact. First, we’re partnering with Bluebonnet Data to connect highly trained data experts as volunteer fellows to support our grantees’ strategic projects. Second, we’re helping several RDI grantees add staff capacity with a summer youth fellow. We’re working with Progressive Pipeline, which is providing recruitment, training, mentorship, and leadership development for six summer fellows.

  • Rural Climate Partnership Published in The Hill
    In a recent editorial in The Hill, Rural Climate Partnership Director Josh Ewing argues the Inflation Reduction Act has the potential to be a real economic winner for rural America.
  • Grants From RDI Support Rural Leaders to Mobilize Voters Ahead of 2022 Elections
    In the last three months, Rural Democracy Initiative approved $3.4 million to 56 creative, effective groups engaging rural voters, shaping policy, and building support. Working with the Tides Foundation, we advised another $3.1 million for civic engagement and communications in rural areas and small cities. With this round of grantmaking and our first quarter grants, we have committed close to $10M and advised an additional $6M total in 2022. Thanks to our generous donors, these funds support organizations at a critical moment to defend democracy, secure policy victories, and build momentum ahead of the 2022 elections.
  • Moving from Rage to Action

    We are ready to translate our rage about the Supreme Court’s announcement this morning into action. There is no time to waste if we’re going to protect people’s freedom to make their own health care decisions. Most Americans, including those in rural areas, support comprehensive health care and an individual’s freedom to decide whether or not to have an abortion.

  • Rural Voters Surge to Polls - Elect Progressive Leader in Enfield, NC
    Voters in Enfield, North Carolina elected Mondale Robinson, a progressive champion and founder of the Black Male Voter Project. The election results show how rural leadership rooted in community relationships leads to progressive victories.
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