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The latest news and information from RDI

  • Alaska Grantees Strengthen Democracy

    Alaskans transformed their political landscape in 2022—thanks to a coalition led by Progress Alaska, AKPIRG, The Mobilization Center, Alaska Voter Hub, Native People’s Action, and Alaskans for a Better Government. That coalition mobilized Native, young, and women voters with wellexecuted strategies, including canvassing, communications, and legal fights.

  • 2022 Impact Report
    The Rural Democracy Initiative 2022 Impact Report includes lessons from 2022, priorities for 2023, and grantee spotlights.
  • RDI Kicks Off 2023 Grantmaking with Webinar

    There are no off years for Rural Democracy Initiative (RDI). Joined by our funders and supporters, RDI hosted a Kickoff Webinar to start the year. We welcomed two guest speakers from our grantee network, Davis Hammet from Loud Light and Valerie Rawls from EcoWomanist, as well as new RDI programs Rural Youth Voter Fund and Resource Rural. In an inspiring and lively conversation, we shared recent successes and highlighted our priorities for the year.

  • RDI Grants Build Power for 2023 and Beyond

    Rural Democracy Initiative’s (RDI) 501c3 Heartland Fund and 501c4 Rural Victory Fund are starting 2023 by recommending $1,831,000 in grants to 31 groups, with a deep investment in the consequential spring elections in Wisconsin, fall elections in Virginia, the Farm Bill, and state level budget fights for key rural issues like public schools and elder care.

  • Rural Wisconsin is Key to Winning Supreme Court Elections

    In less than a month, voters in Wisconsin will elect the next Supreme Court Justice, which will be critical to protecting the integrity and fairness of voting, reproductive freedoms, and representative maps, among other issues impacting Wisconsin communities. The Democracy Strategy Group, cohosted by Rural Democracy Initiative (RDI) and the Democracy Alliance, organized a webinar to mobilize support.