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AgriInstitute (state-based): http://www.agriinstitute.org/

AgrIInstitute prepares leaders to advance agriculture and serve the industries related communities. AgriInstitute serves a robust network of agriculture and rural leaders through leadership development and meaningful dialogue on matters that enhances the capacity of the industry’s most important asset — People.  Programming to support leadership and communication about important agriculture and rural community topics is at the core of all AgrIInstitute initiatives.

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Beth Archer, Executive Director


Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.  In 2015, a worldwide estimate totaling over US$34 billion was raised by crowdfunding. This modern crowdfunding model is generally based on three types of actors: the project initiator who proposes the idea or project to be funded, individuals or groups who support the idea, and a moderating organization (the “platform”) that brings the parties together to launch the idea.


LikeMinded is a crowdfunding tool that amplifies nonprofit efforts and encourages communities to come together and support public good projects.  LikeMinded offers nonprofit, civic, and public leaders a place to showcase and amplify the good work and impact of their organizations and connect with residents and donors in their communities.  Whether funds are needed for specific programs and projects, or strategic planning and equipment, LikeMinded exists to close the gap between a desire for greater impact and the resources needed to expand programs or services.  

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Lynn Luckow, Founder


National: National Center for Family Philanthropy (https://www.ncfp.org/)

The National Center for Family Philanthropy is the only nonprofit resource dedicated exclusively to families who give and those that work with them. NCFP provides research, expertise and learning opportunities to inspire our national network of giving families every step of the way on their philanthropic journey. Families learn how to transform their values into effective giving to achieve a positive and enduring impact on the communities they serve.

Family Foundations are also members of the philanthropy-serving organizations above.  

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Samantha Alarie-Leca, The West Foundation, https://thewestfoundation.org/


National: http://www.lisc.org/

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation, known as LISC, is one of the largest organizations supporting projects to revitalize communities and bring greater economic opportunity to residents. These include more affordable housing, better schools, safer streets, growing businesses and programs that improve the financial outlook of people. We provide the capital, strategy and know-how to local partners to get this done. Our work impacts the lives of millions of Americans in both rural areas and urban centers across the country. See our reach as a national nonprofit and see how we work.


Rural LISC:  http://www.lisc.org/rural/

Rural LISC partners with 86 rural community-based organizations, including five financial intermediaries, helping them identify challenges and opportunities, and delivering the most appropriate support to meet local needs.  We use our Comprehensive Community Development Strategy to support our Partners in expanding investment in housing and real estate, increasing family income and wealth, stimulating economic development, improving access to quality education, and growing healthy environments and lifestyles.

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Suzanne Anarde, Director Rural LISC (Colorado based)
  • Nadia Villagrán, Program Director (California based)
  • Jessica Thurman, Assistant Program Officer (Colorado based)


National: United Philanthropy Forum (https://www.unitedphilforum.org/)

United Philanthropy Forum leads, strengthens and informs a national network of 75 regional and national philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) that advance philanthropy’s impact for the common good. We envision a courageous philanthropic sector that catalyzes a just and equitable society where all can participate and prosper.  Forum members represent more than 7,000 philanthropic organizations, making us the largest network serving philanthropy in America.

Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (state-focused, including community foundations) (https://www.inphilanthropy.org/)

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Terri Johnson, Associate Director, GIFT
  • Jill Gordon, Director of Learning


National: https://nifa.usda.gov/regional-rural-development-centers

The NIFA Regional Rural Development Centers (RRDCs) play a unique role in USDA’s service to rural America. They link the research and educational outreach capacity of the nation’s public universities with communities, local decision-makers, entrepreneurs, families, and farmers and ranchers to help address a wide range of development issues. They collaborate on national issues that span regions — like e-commerce, the changing interface between rural, suburban, and urban places, and workforce quality and jobs creation. Each tailors programs to address particular needs in its region.  The RRDCs bring together the most innovative minds — from inside and outside universities — to address cutting-edge issues without regard to state boundaries. They respond to emerging issues, generate credible science-based information to clarify these issues, and create public-private partnerships to address them.

Map of Regional Centers: http://rrdc.info/index.html

North Central Regional Center for Rural Development: http://www.canr.msu.edu/ncrcrd/

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Mark Skidmore, Director


National: https://www.unitedway.org/

United Way is engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries and territories worldwide.  We are focused on creating community-based and community-led solutions that strengthen the cornerstones for a good quality of life: education, financial stability and health.

Indiana United Ways (state-focused): https://indiana-united-ways.squarespace.com/

United Way of Central Indiana (local): https://uwci.org/

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Dr. Kiko Suarez, Chief Community Impact Officer
  • Sara Nienaber VanSlambrook, Community Impact Senior Director- Strategic Initiatives


National: https://www.rd.usda.gov/

We are committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America.  We offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure.  We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. We offer technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.  We provide technical assistance to help communities undertake community empowerment programs. We help rural residents buy or rent safe, affordable housing and make health and safety repairs to their homes.

Indiana State Office: https://www.rd.usda.gov/in

Partners in attendance at the Summit:

  • Rochelle Owen, Community Programs Director