IRSG's Coordinating Committee of funders supports strategy-setting, governance, and recruitment and organizing amongst their peers in philanthropy. They represent trusted and aligned voices of philanthropic leaders committed to resourcing rural organizing work. The Coordinating Committee brings forth a diversity of strategies/issue areas of focus to guide IRSG. Members include staff of: Builders Initiative, Common Counsel Foundation, Engage New York, Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation, and the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock.
Senior Program Officer
Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program at Shelter Rock
Director, Indigenous Communties Program
The Schmidt Family Foundation/ 11th Hour Project
Program Officer for Climate Equity
Director, Spark Justice Fund
Mertz Gilmore Foundation
NFG's Integrated Rural Strategies Group (IRSG) launched its inaugural committee of Movement Advisors in August 2021. These Advisors deepen IRSG's work to increase philanthropy's accountability to rural movement leaders. These seven rural leaders reflect the powerful and broad diversity of rural communities, representing a range of geographies, issues, races, cultures, and more. What these leaders and their organizations all have in common is that they are organizing and building power in rural areas. Their work is core to building and preserving a true multiracial democracy and protecting the health, safety, economic opportunity, and ability for rural communities to thrive.
While IRSG and our partners hold existing relationships with each of these seven leaders, we are honored to formalize this year-long engagement by supporting these leaders with honoraria and providing a platform to lift up their work before philanthropy. IRSG will follow the Advisors' lead and center their priorities and strategies as we design our program offerings and resources.
Californians for Pesticide Reform & CAPS (Coalition Advocating for Pesticide Safety)
The Butterfly Movement
Director of Development and Programs
Dakota Rural Action
Fabiola Ortiz Valdez
Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA)
Capaces Leadership Institute
Hmong American Farmers Association
Black Joy Oregon