• Description

This research paper considers a phenomenon in local philanthropy development in small industrial and non-industrial towns, single-industry towns and rural areas in Russia known collectively as 'rural funds'.

The goal of the research was to analyze the current state and activities of community foundations (hereinafter – CFs) working in small towns and settlements, explore the characteristic features of this type of foundation and the role they play in local community development as a unique phenomenon of local philanthropic activity in Russia.

The research was carried out as part of the Programme for Development of Community Foundations implemented by CAF Russia and funded by the Global Fund for Community Foundations.