13 episodes

Funding Rural: A podcast that explores how philanthropy can better serve rural and Indigenous communities. Join host Erin Borla, Executive Director of the Roundhouse Foundation in Sisters, Oregon, as she engages with folks on all sides of philanthropy to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing funders and the folks they hope to serve and support.

Funding Rural Roundhouse Foundation

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    • 4.8 • 16 Ratings

Funding Rural: A podcast that explores how philanthropy can better serve rural and Indigenous communities. Join host Erin Borla, Executive Director of the Roundhouse Foundation in Sisters, Oregon, as she engages with folks on all sides of philanthropy to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing funders and the folks they hope to serve and support.

    Tony Pipa: Reconstructing Rural Policies

    Tony Pipa: Reconstructing Rural Policies

    Over the past few years federal funds have increased to rural communities, but how are they actually getting to those communities? Tony Pipa, a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, shares programs, leads the Reimagining Federal Rural Policy Initiative and hosts the Reimagine Rural podcast. In this episode, he demystifies the federal government and its resources, and talks about the need for a rural renaissance to ensure the available funding for rural and remote communities makes it to those on the ground doing the work across rural America.

    • 29 min
    Belinda Brown: Managing the Egosystem

    Belinda Brown: Managing the Egosystem

    Belinda Brown has spent over 30 years providing leadership, developing programs, and facilitating community development in Indian Country. She has expertise in intergovernmental affairs coordination with Tribes, communities, and collaboratives. An enrolled member of the Pit River Tribe, Belinda’s varied experience links back to a consistent theme: supporting young people. Her current role with Lomakatsi Restoration Project helps to align young Indigenous and rural youth with workforce training related to cultural practices —and just at the right time.

    • 29 min
    Margaret ‘Margi’ Hoffman: Deconstructing Unicorns

    Margaret ‘Margi’ Hoffman: Deconstructing Unicorns

    Margaret “Margi” Hoffman is a woman of action – not something commonly thought of when talking about Government officials – and yet she now serves as the Oregon State Director for Rural Development of the USDA.  She is looking creatively at ways her role can support the state of Oregon and its rural communities to access capital from federal partners, even as small pilot projects, bringing together the “coalition of the willing” to get dollars on the ground.

    • 28 min
    Barton Robison: Everybody Likes Happy Hour

    Barton Robison: Everybody Likes Happy Hour

    Barton Robison of Willamette Partnership tackles what he calls ‘weird projects’: those things that are hard to manage or hard to fund – because rural capacity is limited in city and county governments. With his lighthearted approach, Barton makes it seem easy.  But in reality there are many ways grant processes can be improved, starting with happy hour.

    • 37 min
    Lesli Allison: Experts in the Field

    Lesli Allison: Experts in the Field

    Lesli Allison cut her teeth on a 50,000 acre ranch in Southeastern Colorado—a massive land management experience that taught her the importance of private lands and their role in the conservation conversation. On episode 8 of the Funding Rural podcast, Lesli shares how ranchers and farmers are leading the way on innovative climate and environmental projects, and the challenges of accessing resources including research. She touches on the importance of showing up to better understand the challenges facing communities and discusses how conservation projects require on-the-ground collaborations because they have a long runway, and can require multi-year funding. Lesli reminds us that it's important to direct funding to those organizations within the community where the issues are happening—not just the national groups—in order to ensure project sustainability.

    • 39 min
    Allen Smart: Evaluating Relationships

    Allen Smart: Evaluating Relationships

    Allen Smart has years of experience working with philanthropic families and health conversion foundations across the east coast and southeast.  His reputation as a leader in rural philanthropy as a consultant is strong.  Join Allen as he shares some of the lessons he learned throughout his tenure as a consultant – and how philanthropic organizations can make real impact building relationships in smaller communities.

    • 26 min

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