hard·scrab·ble - 'härd-"skra-bul", desc. adjective

1. a: small return for great effort expended;
    b: earning a bare subsistence;

2. c: being or relating to a place of barren or barely arable soil                                                         (i.e., a hardscrabble farm);
    d: getting a meager living from poor \ soil (i.e., a hardscrabble farmer);
    e: marked by poverty (i.e., a hardscrabble town, a hardscrabble childhood).

3. f: a small community in Cannon County, Tennessee, halfway between Woodbury and Auburntown.

A Tough Row to Hoe

Have you ever felt like any of the definitions above apply to you or your organization?  Often the demands of any nonprofit organization, no matter the size, become overwhelming for the people involved in the day to day operations. It feels like the organization is running you instead of vice versa.  Often all it takes is an outside perspective and someone to ask the right questions to get back on the right track.  That's where we come in.  We help make things grow where it seems impossible.   


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To help rural nonprofits connect to their audiences within the cultural context of the community, and adopt best practices to create strong sustainable organizations.

Donald Fann

Donald Fann has spent over 20 years as an arts administrator, director and teaching artist.  He has run an award winning arts center, developed a folk arts program, arts education program and founded a Grammy Award winning record label.


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