The Art and Practice of Rural Health Philanthropy

Host Organization: Philanthropy NW


Please join us for this member exchange to hear from our member hosts Brian Myers and Antony Chiang of Empire Health Foundation (Spokane WA), talking frankly with Kim Moore, retired president of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in Kansas, about their efforts to work in rural communities, specifically around improving health outcomes.

In 2018, Kim Moore, retired president of United Methodist Health Ministry Fund in Kansas, visited “the frontlines” of rural philanthropy in four US regions, sponsored by Grantmakers in Health (GIH) and the Office of Rural Philanthropic Analysis (OPRA) at Campbell University. After, Moore wrote about the practices and attitudes that help rural funders be successful. He described a foundation that intentionally includes rural people on their boards; who truly engage rural stakeholders; and who accommodate unique rural circumstances such as long travel times and working professionals who are job-juggling.  But all the practices boil down to building trust relationships between the funder and rural towns and people.

What this call is: This call will be particularly useful for place-focused foundations including community foundations, family foundations and issue-focused funders who support the vitality of our Northwest places that we call home particularly in rural and Native communities. 

What this call is not: This is not your regular webinar nor is it a technical call. Participants will be asked to join via audio and video to enhance everyone's meeting experience (most cell phones have built-in cameras that can be used!). Due to the nature of this call, we ask that only funders from philanthropic organizations participate unless otherwise invited.

Please contact the following team members for questions:

  •  Participation Eligibility: Danielle Crystal, Membership Manager
  • Content: Lyn Hunter, Director of Regional Strategies & Networks
  • Call-in information will be sent via your registration confirmation email.

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