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Merger Saves Rural Development Programs

In 2012, the Arizona Rural Development Council went dormant due to lack of funding. Wanting to continue the Council’s programs, the Council’s board decided to merge with Local First Arizona Foundation, which already worked on business development in 13 rural areas and looked to expand its programs throughout the state. The merger strengthened Local First Arizona Foundation’s services and volunteer leadership in rural areas and enabled the Council’s programming to continue. A Lodestar Foundation grant provided support for one-time expenses related to the implementation of the merger.

Phoenix Business Journal article on the merger

Grant Information

Grant Amount: $11,052

Year Granted: 2013

Grantee: Local First Arizona Foundation

Location: AZ - Arizona

Grantee Website: Local First Arizona Foundation