Funding levels aside, Rural Advocates remain committed to keeping “community” in the definition of community based organizations. We continue to believe that community based non profits are most responsive to specific needs of each village, town or county served. Collaborations are often appropriate and efficient. Mergers might also bring economies of scale when mission, board and activities are complementary and make sense. However, the economies of this small program don’t generally indicate savings through consolidations. Each community is unique!