Community Development Philanthropy

Our new website,, catalogs stories and resources for community foundations working to advance community development philanthropy. It is a partnership of Aspen CSG and the Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.

Featured Project

RuFES Action Network

The Network offers innovative ideas, stimulating stories, useful data and rural-focused opportunities to help leaders and practitioners assist hard-working rural families EARN more, KEEP more of what they earn, and GROW it into assets over time.

Current Program


WealthWorks is an approach to economic development that connects a community’s assets to market demand in ways that build livelihoods that last.

The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (CSG) connects, motivates and equips local leaders to build more prosperous regions and advance those living on the economic margins.

We do so by: designing and facilitating action-inducing peer learning among organizations, leaders and policymakers; providing strategic guidance to community leaders and supporters to sharpen their focus and strategy; producing tools, frameworks, analysis and stories to help communities make smart decisions; managing short- and long-term initiatives that catalyze innovation and progress; and building networks to spread good ideas and useful lessons.

CSG's strategic focus areas include: