Monday, November 29, 2004

Charity Village� NewsWeek: Cover Story Rural Roots: making the case for small town philanthropy

Charity Village� NewsWeek: Cover Story: "Rural roots: Making the case for small-town philanthropy
November 29, 2004
By Nicole Zummach

Most Canadians live in urban centres or their surrounding suburbs. Everything is close at hand, whether it's groceries, the theatre, a bookstore, or the family doctor. Not surprisingly, the majority of Canadian nonprofits also set up shop in urban areas, allowing them to reach out to large numbers of the population. Living in the hustle and bustle of a city can make it easy to forget there is a world beyond its borders. Nevertheless, people living in rural areas have many of the same needs as city dwellers, but accessibility to services and resources is usually quite limited. The same is true for the nonprofits that operate in these areas. Funding is tight, capacity is small, and most rural nonprofits are run by volunteers rather than paid staff."

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