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Inspiration, knowledge and data for all

Working together to make life better across our rural region requires more than grants. That’s why we’re invested in sharing research and data, practical community building tools, books to expand knowledge and connection, community-driven stories and so much more. We invite you to explore this full repository of resources.

Ford Family News Stories

News and Stories

Get the latest Foundation news and read inspiring stories about how rural advocates, students and community builders are leading meaningful change throughout our region.

Research and Publications

We generate original research vital to understanding the experiences of the people we serve. This page contains a wealth of downloadable reports and research briefs that you can use to inform your work and advocacy.
Rural research and publications


We believe books help us see each other and discover new possibilities. When we read together, we build community — and so much more. SelectBooks offers free books that inspire readers to grow as individuals and engage as active members of their communities.

Oregon by the Numbers

Oregon by the Numbers helps all of Oregon see ALL of Oregon. The annual report includes a profile for each of Oregon’s 36 counties as well as a summary for each measure. Published since 2018, we update the data annually in late summer and distribute the report in print across the state in even years.
Rural Data Oregon the the Numbers
Rural Data Oregon Voices

Oregon Voices

The Oregon Voices survey is a first-of-its-kind statewide listening effort to understand the lived experiences of Oregonians from every corner of our state. Check out survey findings and ways to use the data.

Rural Community Building

Community building guides every aspect of our work at The Ford Family Foundation. Learn about the Community Building Approach, including what we call the “4Cs”: connections, capacity, community-led action and community building culture.

Rural Data and Community Building