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Peltola’s Win in Alaska

Last week Mary Peltola won the special election to fill Alaska’s sole US House seat, previously held for 49 years by the late Congressman Don Young. Peltola, who is Yup’ik, will be the first Alaska Native in Congress and the first woman to hold the seat — uniting rural and urban voters with her “Pro-Jobs, Pro-Fish, Pro-Family and Pro-Choice” platform.

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.

How Donors Can Build Progressive Power in Rural Areas
Blue Tent features Rural Democracy Initiative in their case for funding rural civic engagement. 
Inside Philanthropy Highlights Rural Democracy Initiative
Inside Philanthropy shares how to dramatically increase the impact of philanthropy. The article highlights Rural Democracy Initiative and our network of groups engaging and mobilizing voters.
RDI Grants Boost Civic Engagement Ahead of 2022 Elections

In the first three months of 2022, Rural Democracy Initiative’s 501c3 Heartland Fund and 501c4 Rural Victory Fund granted $6,470,000 to 97 groups developing creative and effective ways to engage voters, shape policy, and build support. Thanks to our generous donors, that’s the most we’ve ever granted in the first quarter.

Today’s Edition Podcast Interview
Development Director Renee Linde and Robert Hubbell to discuss how to support progressive rural programs.
Workshop: Directing Federal Funds to Your Community

For decades, people in rural communities have suffered from a lack of investment in our communities. This year and last year, we had two historic federal funding programs: The American Rescue Plan (ARP) and Infrastructure and Investment Jobs Act. These will help us get the care we need and rebuild our economy. But for local and state governments to take advantage of this opportunity, rural leaders and organizations will need to help determine how to spend these funds and also help implement programs.

RDI Editorial in The Daily Yonder
In The Daily Yonder, RDI Executive Director Sarah Jaynes writes about the growing diversity or rural leadership and calls for more progressives to invest in their future.
Innovations in Rural Civic Engagement

Our Democracy is under attack. After attempting to overturn the 2020 election results, anti-democratic forces are now placing deliberate barriers to voting, drawing election districts to prevent competitive elections, and stacking how elections are regulated and certified. These barriers disproportionately impact the civic engagement of certain communities, including rural, tribal, and people of color. In the face of these urgent challenges, groups are developing innovative and effective ways to engage voters, shape policy, and save our Democracy.

2021 Impact Report
In 2021, Our donors helped us grant $10.2 million to groups in places where rural action will define policy and electoral outcomes, and we advised an additional $3 million in timely, aligned investments.
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