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August 21, 2011

Rural Causes Lack Support as Foundations Focus Resources Elsewhere

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Newscom

President Obama (with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, left) threw a spotlight on rural development during a bus tour last week.

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 philant...

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