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Rural Funders of the Southwest Affinity Group


Rural Funders of the Southwest is an affinity group dedicated to rural grantmaking. It is our hope that through this group, we can learn from each other in order to strengthen the communities we serve. The need is great - roughly 10% of all philanthropic investment reaches rural communities. Together we can deepen our knowledge, expand our impact and make a difference in these underserved areas.

Past Events:

November 13, 2018 
The Future of Rural Texas: A Texas Tribune Symposium
The Texas Tribune is pleased to present a symposium on rural policy and affairs in Texas. Dive into the future of rural education, health care, natural resource preservation and infrastructure investment, and explore the current political climate in rural Texas and the state's economic future. Click here for more information.
Read the report - The Future of Rural Texas: A Texas Tribune Symposium, November 12-13, 2018 

October 11-13, 2018 
Stronger Together: Connecting & Collaborating for Rural Prosperity
The 2018 National Forum to Advance Rural Education and 110th NREA Convention and Research Symposium is an annual event designed to create an environment for collaboration and innovation with a diverse community-national experts, K–12 and higher education practitioners, leading researchers, policymakers, and philanthropic leaders-to learn and share ideas around the topics at the forefront of rural education and to ensure 21st century learning is a reality for all rural students. Click here for more information.

Rural Funders of the Southwest Convening
May 9-10, 2018, The Meadows Foundation, Dallas, Texas 
Click here to access handouts and resources from this convening.

Rural Funders of the Southwest Gathering 
November 13-14, 2017, St. David's Foundation, Austin, Texas 
Click here to access handouts and resources from this gathering.

Rural Funders of the Southwest Inaugural Gathering
May 16-17, 2017, St. David's Foundation, Austin, Texas
Click here to access handouts and resources from this first gathering.

Rural Funders Affinity Group Launched at Reception
October 2015 - Santa Fe, New Mexico was the site of an en­gaging and informative conference by Philanthropy Southwest. A new offering at this annual event was a series of special receptions based on common interests or roles. After an enthusiastic response, the group focused on rural philanthropy de­cided to take things a step further. Talk of an affinity group quickly sur­faced after an evening of sharing stories, successes, failures and busi­ness cards. It was obvious that more opportunities to expand the conver­sation would be welcome by all.