Heartland Fund Launches with First Round of Grants

Collaborative effort seeks to build a just, sustainable, and equitable future for the Midwest


(Chicago, Illinois) – The Heartland Fund, a new donor collaborative, today announced its first round of grants, giving $500,000 to a portfolio of nine groups, all focused on supporting grassroots and regional efforts to build the power of vulnerable and historically marginalized communities. According to the fund’s spokespeople, this is the beginning of a broad collective effort to develop stronger and more connected civic infrastructure in the region.

“The Heartland Fund will help us carry forward the legacy of Henry A. Wallace, who called the Midwest home and was dedicated to supporting a vibrant rural America,” noted Allison Barlow, Democracy Program Director at the Wallace Global Fund.

“Heartland will fund locally rooted organizations and networks to promote social, environmental, and economic common cause across racial and urban/rural divides in the Midwest,” added Scott Nielsen of Arabella Advisors, another of the founding partners.

The fund’s mission is threefold:

Along with the announcement of its grants, the Heartland Fund released a video on the work of one of its initial grantees: the Missouri Rural Crisis Center (MRCC). Watch the video here. “The work of groups like MRCC inspires us,” Nielsen noted. “And we wanted to share it via video as well as support it through grants.”

Partners in the Heartland Fund effort include the Wallace Global Fund, the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, and Arabella Advisors. Heartland is currently hosted at the Windward Fund, a nonprofit designed to incubate initiatives pursuing bold solutions to environmental challenges.

The Heartland Fund’s first round of grants went to the following nine organizations:

Media inquiries about the Heartland Fund should be directed to info@windwardfund.org


About the Wallace Global Fund

The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to promote an informed and engaged citizenry, to fight injustice, and to protect the diversity of nature and the natural systems upon which all life depends. This mission draws from the rich legacy of founder Henry A. Wallace, who served as Vice-President of the United States from 1941 to 1944 and ran for President in 1948. Wallace, a son of Iowa, was also Secretary of Agriculture during the Roosevelt Administration and was the architect of many of the New Deal programs that supported rural communities throughout much of the 20th century.

About the Windward Fund

As a 501(c)(3) public charity, the Windward Fund incubates and hosts initiatives pursuing bold solutions to environmental challenges. Windward’s platform allows donors to convene and collaborate on these issues, leveraging the work of other interrelated projects housed at the fund to strengthen their efforts and advance the field. Windward provides strategic support, guidance on best practices, expertise on operational efficiencies, and specialized compliance knowledge to hosted projects.

About Arabella Advisors

Arabella Advisors is a social enterprise that helps people and organizations with ambitious philanthropic goals move from idea to implementation to impact. Founded in 2005, Arabella works with a wide range of philanthropists, foundations, and investors, providing strategic guidance and professional support services that enable them to use their resources for good. Along with a handful of select nonprofit partners, including the Windward Fund, Arabella helps to develop and manage dozens of large-scale collaborative philanthropic efforts across the United States and around the world.