Mission-Driven Management Consultants
Our team is grounded, informed, and inspired by their lived experiences in Central Appalachia. We are nationally recognized as a social enterprise working to advance the economic transition of Central Appalachia, grow new business models, and innovate rural development. Get to know us.
Rural Support Partners is a mission-driven management consulting firm working to deepen the impact of community economic development efforts and innovate the field of rural development. We offer services to rural-focused organizations, social enterprise businesses, foundations, and networks across the United States and internationally while doing deep mission-based work in Central Appalachia.
Our mission-driven management consulting firm is founded on a commitment to inclusive participation and aims to have the plans, actions, and results emerge from the vision and goals of the people with whom we work. The following values are at the core of everything we do:
Our work is founded on the rock-solid belief that the people we work with have the skills, wisdom, vision, and capacity to solve complex problems, create effective solutions, and create transformative change. Our job is to pull out that wisdom, bring about collective analysis, help create action plans, and reflective practices. The consistent use of the Popular Education Spiral keeps us grounded in this value.
We strive to uncover, speak-to, and address the multiple oppressions that undermine the beauty, health, and well-being of all people and communities.
We work to build long-standing and equal-power partnerships with our clients—creating the trust and mutually supportive relationship needed to do difficult and messy work together.
Our results-based approach means that we start with the end in mind to ensure our work and the work of our clients are focused on clear outcomes. This approach leads to a more efficient use of resources, and ultimately a greater return on everyone’s investment of time, energy, and money.
We honor and learn from the work before us while working to strengthen and sustain the change infrastructure that will continue the work over long after us. We believe in opening doors and supporting young leaders to ensure that the work of creating more just and equitable rural communities endures over the long haul.
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Mission Driven Management, Strategy and Collaboration Services
Rural Support Partners works hand-in-hand with leaders, organizations, and networks to strengthen the local economy, improve the health, and enhance the general well-being of rural communities across Central Appalachia. We provide a variety of support services to help strengthen the capacity of leaders, organizations, and networks to achieve better results. Our services are based on a strong commitment to rural communities, and result in increased organizational effectiveness, improved strategies, more collaborative efforts, and deeper impact. Rural Support Partners is a social enterprise that uses business disciplines and the power of market demand to create social, economic, and environmental impacts for a community or region.
We partner with funders, nonprofit anchor organizations, financial institutions, and businesses inside and outside the Central Appalachian region to achieve their objectives with a deeper impact and broader scale.
Alabama Sustainable Ag Network
Appalachian Citizens Law Center
Appalachian Regional Commission
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
Appalachian Sustainable Development
Carolina Small Business Development Fund
Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Central Appalachian Forestry Alliance
Coalfield Development Corporation
The Educational Foundation of America
Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Greenbrier Valley Economic Development Corporation
Highlander Research & Education Center
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
Natural Capital Investment Fund
New Opportunity School For Women
Osteopathic Heritage Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Southern Sustainable Ag Working Group
Truist Bank CRA / Community Development
West Virginia Community Development Hub
West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition
Contact us to discuss how you’d like to advance your organization’s management, strategy, and collaboration to achieve long haul system change.