Philanthropy and Broadband – classic combination – and a guidebook to help

The Benton Foundation has created a guidebook – Pathways to Digital Equity: How Communities Can Reach Their Broadband Goals—and How Philanthropy Can Help. They recognize that philanthropy has at least two roles to play. First, and most obvious, funding. Yes, a boatload of funding is coming into broadband – more than we could have dared to dream 10 years ago – but it will not be enough. We need the philanthropic community to help reach everyone. Second, and maybe even more importantly, philanthropy can get people to the table to join the discussion. Some people show up for the possibility of a check but that doesn’t mean they don’t listen and learn. Also, philanthropy often partners with policymakers and frontline leaders. And philanthropy can take the long view. Nonprofits are worried about keeping the doors open, businesses are worried about making money and elected officials worry about the next vote. Philanthropy can be patient.

Here are the chapters in the guidebook…

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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