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What do you aspire for Rural Maryland?

The Rural Maryland Foundation recently funded an ad campaign, “What do you aspire for Rural Maryland?”  What are your aspirations?  Please take the survey.

View the most recent “We Are Rural Maryland” video here.

Statewide Broadband Assessment 

The Rural Maryland Council (RMC) tasked the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative (ESRGC) with mapping broadband service provider coverage in Maryland to better understand the availability of wireline broadband and asses the relationship of broadband access between rural and urban areas.

For this project, a census block is considered “unserved” or “underserved” if it is reported served by zero or one broadband service providers (BSP).  This project focuses on wireline broadband technology which includes DSL, Other Copper Wireline, Cable Modem, and Optical Carrier/Fiber to the End User. View a map of broadband access in each county in Maryland here. These maps do not include fixed wireless coverage. 

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Click the map to see the RMC’s Statewide Broadband Assessment App, hosted by the Eastern Shore Regional GIS Cooperative.

Transfer of Wealth Study

The Rural Maryland Foundation has partnered with the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to conduct a Transfer of Wealth Study (TOW) for Rural Maryland.

America’s communities are struggling to find the financial resources necessary to support community and economic development. Traditional sources such as government funding is stagnant or declining. In this environment, possibly the single largest underdeveloped resource is community-based philanthropy fueled by capturing some portion of the TOW opportunity.

TOW is an estimate of American household wealth from which charitable giving could be realized. The draft analysis and research yields a conservative estimate of TOW, discounting wealth that is unlikely to be available for charitable giving.

Learn more, including accessing recorded webinars and materials, on the Rural Maryland Foundation’s website here: http://www.ruralmdfoundation.org/transfer-of-wealth-study.html

The Rural Maryland Foundation is currently conducting Phase II of the study to development philanthropic strategies in collaboration with community foundations and partners.

Please access meeting material here:

The Transfer of Wealth Advisory Committee recently met on June 28, 2022, to discuss the upcoming possible outcomes and goals regarding the Rural Maryland Philanthropic Development Strategy. Our guest speaker was Ms. Maggie Gunther Osborne, Maryland Philanthropy Network. View a recording of the meeting here.

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