The 2022 Midterm Elections are rapidly approaching. Next November, elections around the country will shape Congress and state and national policy outcomes, while setting the stage for the 2024 presidential election. With a polarized political landscape, civic engagement and voter mobilization among rural and tribal communities will have a critical impact for years to come.

Join Heartland Fund and NFG's Midwest Organizing Infrastructure Funders and Integrated Rural Strategies Group for a multi-part webinar series covering the factors at play and strategies for rural civic engagement throughout the 2021-2022 midterm election cycle, which has already begun!

This series will aim to educate funders as they explore their civic engagement investment strategy going into the 2022 midterm elections through exploring shifting demographics, redistricting, and voter access, including a focus on rural and Midwest communities. Join us to learn how the 2022 midterms are shaping the landscape of issues and communities of importance.

This series will be informative for funders interested in civic engagement and community power building strategies, immigration and demographic change, racial justice, environmental justice, and rural and tribal communities. The series will also be relevant to place-based funders in the Midwest and beyond.

  • Hear new data and analysis on shifting demographics, economic trends, narratives, and how organizers are responding to anti-democratic efforts to restrict voter access, particularly for rural, tribal, and POC voters
  • Learn from frontline organizations using issue campaigns to mobilize voters. Discuss the strategies and issues that POC and tribal community leaders are prioritizing in the Midwest and rural settings for 2022.
  • Reflect on lessons learned from 2020 and how they can help inform work moving into next year.

Session #4:


Wednesday, November 30, 2022
10:00am PT | 11:00am MT | 12:00pm CT | 1:00pm ET

This year’s midterm election has seized our nation’s attention. Groups in rural and small-town America are on the ground to engage and inform voters, doing the intensive work to strengthen democracy by turning out the electorate and building long-term power.

Join us for a debrief of the 2022 midterm election. Civic engagement leaders will share stories from the recent election cycle and identify lessons learned from organizing rural communities.

This event will allow space for our funder community to debrief, assess, and look ahead to what organizers need from philanthropy as we move into this new phase of power building.


Learning objectives for this funder event include:

  1. Reflect on trends and make sense of this year’s high-stakes elections.
  2. Evaluate tactics in rural organizing, including relational organizing, youth-focused engagement, and election protection.
  3. Draw lessons on how to build power in small towns and rural communities and highlight opportunities in 2023 and beyond.
  4. Build relationships between funders and rural civic engagement leaders.



  • Lynn Buske, WISDOM uses faith-based relational organizing to engage formerly incarcerated people in Wisconsin.
  • Serena Sebring, Blueprint NC - with threats against election workers and the central institutions of democracy, Blueprint NC leads a high-level and nuanced election protection program called Power Protection and Encouragement (PPE).
  • Lydia Walther-Rodriguez, CASA - organizes and builds power with Latinx and immigrant communities throughout Pennsylvania.

The November 30 webinar is our fourth and final installment of the Midterm Election Webinar Series.


This series is hosted by RDI’s Heartland Fund and Neighborhood Funders Group’s Midwest Organizing Infrastructure Funders, Amplify Fund and Integrated Rural Strategies Group. Please direct any questions regarding registration to

Event Details


Nov 30, 2022

10:00 am - 11:00 am PT



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