WealthWorks Northwest

WealthWorks improves rural livelihoods with an innovative approach to economic development that creates lasting wealth in rural communities.

Pasos al Éxito

Pasos al Éxito provides financial and entrepreneurial skills and resources to rural Latinos.

Economic Vitality Summits

Economic Vitality Summits focus on empowering rural economies and investing locally in the future of our communities.

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In early July, thousands of Americans will visit Serve.gov to search for volunteer opportunities in rural communities, and your organization or organizations near you can be represented. Register your volunteer opportunities and tag them as “Serve Rural” on Serve.gov no later than June 30.


Tom Gallagher, former Director of the Ford Institute for Community Building, offers a look into the rural town of Vernonia and the community's resilience after devastating floods in 2007.


RDI staff participates in a tour of community projects in Malheur County including a community garden, downtown beautification, and upgrades to rodeo grounds. The projects were completed by Ford Institute Leadership Program cohorts over the past ten years.

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Watch our video to discover how RDI builds leadership networks and communities, helping people realize the potential for success and vitality where they live. 

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During the four sessions, participants actively work on elements of grant proposals and practice skills between sessions. Through the program, participants network with other local grant writers and build relationships for future work. They have the opportunity to meet with funders and hear... Learn more

The Ford Institute Leadership Program, designed and delivered by RDI, serves rural communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, California, through a five-year series of training programs based on the belief that vital rural communities develop from a broad base of knowledgeable, skilled, and... Learn more