Advocating for Rural Communities

Announcement

Analyzing the Farm Bill

See how the House and Senate proposals meet the priorities of rural communities.

Press

Heartland Fund in The New York Times

Rural voters tend to be “economic populists” who overwhelmingly agree the government shouldn’t call the shots on abortion.

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Announcement

2023 Impact Report

The Heartland Fund Impact Report includes lessons from 2023, priorities for 2024, financials, and grantee spotlights.

Grantee Spotlight

Grantee helps media organizations pivot into better local coverage

Pasa la Voz–an independent Spanish-language newspaper serving coastal Georgia and South Carolina–started as a Facebook page in 2018.

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Executive Director calls for small town investment

We’re actively advocating for deepened philanthropic support for these often-overlooked areas.

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Grantee Spotlight

Improving Rural Courts

Too often, people accused of minor offenses are incarcerated

Press

The Organizers Forging a Rural Action Plan

Barnraiser covers our Rural Policy Action Report.

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Press

Leading Philanthropy to Invest in Rural

Heartland Fund Executive Director Sarah Jaynes spoke with Solutions Insights Lab about our unique approach.

Grantee Spotlight

‘People Power Is how We Win’

Iowa CCI rallies Iowans to protect communities from dangerous pipeline projects.

Grantee Spotlight

Rural Ohio Turns out for Democracy and Reproductive Rights

Heartland Fund grantees RuralOrganizing.org and Freedom BLOC reached thousands of rural Ohioans in 2023.

Grantee Spotlight

Pro-Democracy Local News

COURIER is building trust in rural communities and changing the landscape of rural media.

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Grantee Spotlight

Rural Youth Building Power

In 2020, three friends founded Este Poder, a youth Latine-led organization building power for their rural East Texas communities of color.

Grantee Spotlight

Decade of Organizing Bears Fruit in Minnesota

The progress Minnesotans saw in 2023 resulted from a decade of organizing efforts by ISAIAH.

Grantee Spotlight

Reining in Unchecked Corporate Greed

Work by Farm Action and Institute for Local Self-Reliance led to major policy wins in 2023.

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Winning Jobs, a Narrative that Works

Heartland Fund consultant Bobby Clark shares the latest research and message testing on the economy and inflation.

Press

Rural Pa. Mayor Gets Creative to Support Local Grants

Meadville Mayor Jaime Kinder talks with Public News Service.

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Heartland Fund in The Hill

Sarah Jaynes calls for policies that support the small businesses, farmers, workers, and caregivers.

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Heartland Fund in Cardinal & Pine

The newsroom reports on Heartland’s Rural Policy Action Report and interviews Heartland grantee CURE about a major policy victory.

Press

Report Offers Roadmap for Growth in Rural Georgia

Heartland Fund’s 2023 Rural Action Policy Report contains input from approximately 50 organizations advocating for improvements in rural communities.

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Main Street Alliance discusses Rural Policy Action Report

Leaders who participated in Heartland Fund’s Rural Policy Action Report process included Wisconsin organizers with Main Street Alliance.

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Grantmaking for Shared Prosperity and Policy Solutions

Highlights from our Summer 2023 grantmaking.

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Heartland Fund in Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit Quarterly recommends supporting Heartland Fund.

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Roadmap for Rural Renewal in The Daily Yonder

Heartland Fund convened more than 50 diverse rural leaders from across the country.

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Heartland Fund Convenes Rural Advocates to Take on Monopoly Power

The 2023 Rural Policy Action Summit helped more than 50 rural organizers come together.

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Rural Voices Reflect on Policy Summit

Public News Service covered Heartland Fund.

Grantee Spotlight

Youth Organizing in Georgia

In 2022, we supported Collective Renaissance Georgia (CRG) to expand their scope and impact dramatically.

Grantee Spotlight

Organizing in Rural Texas Leads to Statewide Shift

Mano Amiga organizes alongside immigrants and low-income residents in the rural I-35 corridor in Guadalupe, Caldwell, Hays, and Comal counties.

Grantee Spotlight

Youth Campaign to Protect the Right to Abortion Care

Loud Light organizers know the dangers of extremism.

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The Farm Bill & the Heartland Fund Network

Heartland Fund grantees, partners, and donors participated in a lively and fast-paced discussion on the 2023 Farm Bill.

Grantee Spotlight

Protecting Public Schools

SOSAZ empowers parents, teachers, and community members.

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Heartland Fund Kicks off 2023 with Webinar

There are no off years for Heartland Fund.

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Heartland Fund Builds Power for 2023 and Beyond

Highlights of our early 2023 grantmaking.

Grantee Spotlight

Swiftly Mobilizing in East Palestine

River Valley Organizing has documented local experiences of the environmental disaster in East Palestine.

Grantee Spotlight

Alaska Grantees Strengthen Democracy

Alaskans transformed their civic landscape in 2022.

Program

The Midterm Elections and What’s Ahead

We changed electoral outcomes and built power that will endure past the election.

Program

Vote Tripling Workshop

Our friends at the Vote Rev Action Fund reviewed how to launch a vote-tripling campaign.

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Engaging Working Families in the Midterm Elections

We recently hosted a donor briefing.

Grantee Spotlight

Co-Governance in Action

Heartland Fund grantee Faith in Indiana has replicated its co-governance model in Gary, Fort Wayne, South Bend, and Indianapolis.

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Building Grantee Capacity

This summer we’re piloting two new programs to increase our impact.

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Grants Engage Voters ahead of 2022 Elections

Heartland Fund grants support organizations at a critical moment.

Announcement

Moving from Rage to Action

Most Americans, including those in rural areas, support comprehensive health care.

Press

Inside Philanthropy Advises Giving to Heartland Fund

Founder and editor David Callahan advises giving to Heartland Fund’s Rural Democracy Program.

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Heartland Fund Grants Boost Civic Engagement

Highlights from our Spring 2022 grantmaking

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Directing Federal Funds to Your Community

Heartland Fund grantee United Today, Stronger Tomorrow led a workshop for Heartland Fund grantees and partners.

Press

Heartland Fund Editorial in The Daily Yonder

Sarah Jaynes discusses the tectonic shifts we are seeing in rural America.

Grantee Spotlight

Helping Rural Schools to Thrive

WPEN is a non-partisan organization focused on the goal of creating thriving public schools.

Grantee Spotlight

Connecting Voting with Everyday Issues

Native Peoples Action Community Fund teamed up with The Mobilization Center to build lasting relationships with Alaska Native communities

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Innovations in Rural Civic Engagement

Heartland Fund hosted The Fight for our Democracy: Innovations in Rural Civic Engagement.

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2021: Highlights, Lessons, and Challenges

2021 has been a momentous, often stressful, and exciting year.

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Racial Justice in Rural Communities

Groups around the country are leading powerful racial justice organizing in rural communities.

Grantee Spotlight

Federal Assistance to Fund Rural Solar

The Northern Plains Resource Council organizes across Montana.

Announcement

Historic Federal Funding in National Infrastructure

Leaders in the federal government are currently negotiating a historic investment in the nation’s infrastructure.

Announcement

Executive Order Promoting Competition an Historic Win for Rural Communities

The order calls for new and better rules to lower prices, increase wages, and promote innovation.

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Heartland Fund’s COVID-19 Response

We’re in continuous contact with grantees.

Grantee Spotlight

Farmers and Ranchers Rally against Corporate Power

Family Farm Action and allies rallied farmers, ranchers, and rural communities against corporate power.

Tools & Resources

Learning from our work with partners and grantees, the Heartland Fund creates and curates tools to showcase best practices and address priority needs.

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Network Tool

Rural Map and Dashboard

Rural classifications to the country’s census tracts, counties, congressional districts, and states.

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Policy Tool

Rural Policy Action Report

Featuring priority legislation and executive action that supports working families and strengthens rural communities. The report also highlights numerous policy successes and the ongoing challenges people in rural communities face.

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Communication Tool

Winning Jobs Narrative

A narrative framework for working people across race and place

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Network Tool

Safety and Security Support

In collaboration with Vision Change Win, Heartland Fund is offering resources to support our network’s security efforts.

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Network Tool

What Works in Rural America

Guidelines for effective messaging, engagement, and communications

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Network Tool

All the People, All the Places

A valuable landscape analysis for funders and other partners focused on the challenges and opportunities facing our small cities and rural areas.

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We Can Keep the Momentum Going, Donate Now

Donations to the Heartland Fund ensure thousands of rural leaders and advocates continue to receive tools and support to create real change in rural America