Practice Guide

People who live in rural areas work hard, but still struggle to meet their families' needs. This guide outlines ways that funders can help strengthen families and communities by advancing workforce development and financial literacy, while also addressing poverty and discrimination.

June 5, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    An overview of a discussion guide series focused on improving the lives of vulnerable families.

  2. 2

    A brief example of a low-wage earner who got a second chance, thanks to help from a local nonprofit.

  3. 3

    Statistics that reveal the depth of rural poverty in America.

  4. 4

    The link between the economic well-being of families and their communities.

  1. 5

    Barriers rural families face in attempting to achieve financial security.

  2. 6

    Questions that funders should ask to address barriers to financial security.

  3. 7

    The different ways that funders can help increase families’ earnings.

Key Takeaway

Economic Success in Rural America

When families earn more they become homeowners and business owners who build local economies. To close the gap between the economic well-being of families and their communities–and to address connections betweeen poverty, place and race–funders can support workforce development, financial literacy training, advocacy and more.

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