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National Rural Funders Collaborative

On June 20, 2003, four USDA agencies (Natural Resources and Conservation Service, Rural Development Mission Area, Forest Service, and NIFA) signed a Statement of Cooperation with the National Rural Funders Collaborative (NRFC) to announce their intent to work together on behalf of rural families and communities. Held in Washington, DC, at USDA, the signing launched a unique public-private partnership between the philanthropic community and federal agencies. Over the previous year, partners to the agreement worked to identify ways to link programs, research, education, and outreach activities at the local, state, and national levels. The resulting collaborations will expand resources available to rural Americans and support comprehensive, locally led community and economic development initiatives.

NRFC is a 10-year initiative supported by more than a dozen private foundations including the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Otto Bremer Foundation, Calvert Social Investment Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fannie Mae Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Foundation, F.B. Heron Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Ford Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Lumina Foundation for Education. NRFC and the USDA partners share the goals of expanding opportunity and improving the quality of life for rural Americans.


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