Poverty in rural America is pervasive. Twenty-one million people living in persistent poverty counties – where the poverty rate has eclipsed 20% for three consecutive decades. Collectively, we reach three quarters of persistent poverty areas in the United States across the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, Indian Country, the Deep South, US-Mexico Borderlands, and farming regions in the Rural West.
Anchored in our communities, we partner with people and organizations to build inclusive wealth, strengthen local capacity, promote civic engagement, and change the narrative of rural America. More importantly, we look to identify and transform systems and policies that perpetuate economic and health inequity for a reimagined future for rural America and the people who call it home.