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Independence, Oregon, a community served by The Ford Family Foundation

A vital rural community has capacity (the ability to learn, plan, make decisions, and act together) and is realizing positive social, economic, and environmentally sustainable outcomes.  

Rural leaders »

Provide a suite of leadership training, skill-building resources and networking opportunities for rural leaders across Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.


Provide tools and resources to enhance a community’s collective ability to get things done.  

Statewide Systems

Explore coordination, research and policy opportunities to strengthen rural infrastructures.

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