Our Theory of Change
Rural Community Alliance
History & Accomplishments
Organization membership reaches 650 mark. Participant in Charles Stewart Mott Foundation grassroots organizing initiative through Southern Echo. Hosted first policy council meeting with chapter leaders formulating policy for organization.
IRS designates the organization as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Organization lands its first grant, compliments of Southern Partners Fund. Joined a national Rural Education Working Group through Rural School and
Advocates for Community & Rural Education is incorporated in Arkansas. With assistance from Rural School & CommunityTrust, bylaws and application for tax-exempt status were submitted. Blocked passage of county-wide school
Joined broad coalition to enact an education reform agenda, resulting in funding for Pre-K, English Language Learners, Distance Learning, Incentives to teach in hard-to-staff schools, facilities, creation of Education Renewal
Founders Lavina Grandon and Dorothy Singleton unite with community members all over the state to form Save our Schools and fight school consolidation legislation, saving 175 school districts.