Shelk Foundation hosts rural grantmakers for immersive experience in Prineville, Oregon

Last fall GRANTMAKERS hosted a Funders Tour to Umatilla and Morrow Counties, which was an impactful two days in several communities visiting sites and learning about the needs and challenges of rural communities in Eastern Oregon. Linda Shelk and Kristi Steber of Shelk Foundation posed the question to GRANTMAKERS staff, what if we had a slower, more immersive, experience in a single rural community, where funders could discuss issues face to face with the nonprofits and local officials who serve the community? 

With that question in mind, the two began thinking through the logistics of a rural immersion experience. Their plan was to host a small group of funders who make grants in Crook County for a few days, and to divide the group into even smaller groups to facilitate quality face time with local leadership. This month, representatives from MRG FoundationAutzen FoundationThe Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable TrustBarbara Emily Knudson FoundationLamb FoundationSpirit Mountain Community Fund, and Kelley Family Foundation will travel to Prineville and be hosted by Shelk Foundation while they learn about what life is really like in a rural Oregon community.