Our Partners

The following organizations are active partners of the Rural Schools Collaborative. We truly appreciate their support and commitment to small schools and rural communities.

Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools has been supporting public education in rural communities for nearly three decades. They are committed to working effectively on behalf of their members.

Central Illinois Rural School Partnership

The Central Illinois Rural School Partnership is dedicated to regional collaboration, leveraging resources, and retaining the region's talented youth. Eastern Illinois University's Dept. of Early Childhood, Elem., and Middle Level Education serves as fiscal agent.

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks supports endowment building, grant making, and collaboration throughout the southern tier of Missouri. With more than 50 rural affiliates and nearly 450 nonprofit partners, CFO is a national leader in rural philanthropy.

Dakota Resources

"At Dakota Resources, our purpose is to stimulate financial and human investment in communities that are invested in themselves." Dakota Resources is also a sponsor and partner in the Growing Together Better program, a component of Grants in Place.

Dakota Wesleyan University

Dakota Wesleyan University is a four-year university located in Mitchell, South Dakota, founded in 1885, which is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The student body is approximately 800 students.

Galesburg Community Foundation

The Galesburg Community Foundation is based out of Galesburg, Illinois and serves mostly rural Knox and Warren counties. With approximately $25 million in charitable assets, GCF has sponsored an exemplary professional development program for nonprofits and offers challenge grants.

Rural Schools Partnership

Missouri's Rural Schools Partnership, an initiative of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, promotes public education as a linchpin issue in rural economic development. RSP supports place-based education, school foundation building, and the Ozarks Teacher Corps.

Rural Community Alliance

The Rural Community Alliance is a statewide advocate for rural public education and facilitates grassroots-led community revitalization projects in low-wealth communities. RCA has nearly 2,000 members in 64 communities.

Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y.

Rural Lit R.A.L.L.Y. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to Reinvigorating American Life and Learning through Literature of Yesteryear.

Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation provides twelve counties with philanthropic outreach and services. This includes administrative and technical assistance to its regional affiliates.

Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Education and Human Services

The Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Education and Human Services and its School Partnerships and Outreach have developed meaningful school partnerships.

University of West Alabama College of Education

The University of West Alabama College of Education has departments of curriculum and instruction, instructional leadership, physical education and athletic training, a campus school, graduate programs, and a Center for Excellence in Teaching.

West Central Initiative

Serving to improve west central Minnesota through funding, programs and technical assistance. WCI is a generous partner for our Grants in Place program, making place-based grants possible for rural classroom teachers in their region.