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Invest in Rural Democracy Initiative

Support rural people working to transform rural America — and therefore the entire country — in 2023, 2024, and in decades to come.

We cannot win real progress in this country without investing in powerful rural civic infrastructure that acknowledges the growing diversity, strong relationships, inspiring leaders, and love of place in small towns and rural communities. Rural Democracy Initiative brings together local leaders with funding partners and national groups to build political power for postive change. RDI supports rural innovators with the tools to win by funding original research, technology and communications platforms, and leadership development.

RDI supports and coordinates high-impact rural civic engagement, communications, policy advocacy, and community organizing efforts.

We are raising millions each year from national sources to sustain our network as well as finding state and local matches to extend the impact and sustainability of our funding. We will invest the majority of our resources in select states where rural communities can help swing policy and redistricting outcomes, as well as U.S. Senate, state, and local elections

Donors with a particular state, regional, or constituency focus will have the option to direct funds according to their priorities.

Join us! It is past time to invest in the potential of our small towns and rural communities.


How to Donate

Rural Democracy Initiative includes the 501(c)(4) Rural Victory Fund, as well as the 501(c)(3) non-partisan Heartland Fund.

Donate to Rural Victory Fund
Donate to Heartland Fund


You can support RDI’s work by check or money order.

Wire Transfer
If you would like to donate via electronic wire transfer, please contact


  1. Make check payable to the “Sixteen Thirty Fund” (the Rural Victory Fund fiscal sponsor)
  2. Please note the “Rural Victory Fund” in the memo line or an accompanying note.
  3. Send to our secure lockbox facility address:
    Sixteen Thirty Fund
    PO Box 38066
    Baltimore, MD 21297-8066

The Rural Victory Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization, and donations are not tax-deductible.

Tax-deductible donations can be made through the 501(c)(3) Heartland Fund.
Please visit the Heartland Fund website, or contact for more information about how to make a transformative donation to this effort.

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