February 21, 2011

No Surprises, Rural Philanthropy Still Lags Behind

Posted in Philanthropy at 6:12 pm by philanthropynews

The failure of foundations to put much grant money into rural nonprofits is historic and persistent.  Despite frequent promises to the contrary, foundations haven’t done much to narrow the disproportional gap between urban and rural groups’ access to foundation dollars.  The toll is increasingly evident in the rural nonprofits across the country that struggle to stay afloat every day.

In Monroe County, Georgia a community health center serving rural communities is closing.  As the director of the clinic noted, all too typical of rural areas that lose a crucial service, “Unfortunately, there is not another rural health center or clinic in the county. Most will find that they will have to seek out this type of health care outside of their own county.”  The money to stay open simply isn’t there.

(Read more via The Nonprofit Quarterly.)

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