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Several large foundations and other organizations have invested in coaches as one strategy to advance community social and economic well-being. They include:

  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation (Leadership for Community Change and Mid-South Delta Initiative)
  • Northwest Area Foundation (Horizons)
  • Ford Foundation (Rural Community College Initiative and Community Based Forestry)
  • Lumina Foundation (Achieving the Dream and Tribal and Native Serving Colleges)
  • Duke Endowment, with MDC, Inc. (Program for the Rural Carolinas)

These initiatives have much in common. They are learning projects and demonstration projects (One RCCI has gone to scale and is managed by the North Central and Southern Regional Rural Development Centers). They are cross-community, tructured around intensive processes, and reflect both a commitment to place and the belief that people who are empowered can make a difference in their communities.


Community Coaching - meeting

Mary Emery is the associate director of the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development at Iowa State University. Ken Hubbell is the president of Ken Hubbell and Associates. This report and the Community Coaching Roundtable received major support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, and the Ford Foundation.


Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect views of the Kellogg Foundation or the Iowa State University.

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