August 21, 2011
Rural Causes Lack Support as Foundations Focus Resources Elsewhere
Sen. Max Baucus, a Montana Democrat, turned heads in 2006 when he called on foundations to double the tiny amounts they were spending in rural areas within five years.
The five-year deadline passed quietly in May. While statistics about rural philanthropy are challenging to track, advocates for rural charities say foundations have not come close to meeting the senator’s challenge.
Grants for “rural development” in the United States dropped 3.4 percent from