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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.

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The Oregon Community Foundation presents the Grantseekers Haiku Contest.


Ford Institute Community Ambassadors facilitate a regional gathering featuring Vaughn Grisham, social scientist and author of books regarding the Tupelo Model for community building.


The Oregon Economic Development Association is now accepting nominations for the 2015 OEDA Awards of Excellence in Economic Development.

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Watch our video to discover how RDI’s programs and services strengthen rural communities by developing leaders and moving communities to action towards economic vitality. 

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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