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Robin works with rural nonprofits and units of government on planning, capacity building, project development, and grant writing.


Areas of focus include community-based project development, guidance for initiatives, vision-based strategic and action planning, downtown revitalization, and facilitation to guide the early stages of an idea and then forward it to fruition.

Robin's core mission lies in helping rural and underserved communities develop a solid capacity-building framework and action plan for transformation and longevity.  

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Robin offers communities a mindset and skill that are rare in facilitators and change consultants. She has the ability to bring people together and nurture an environment where community members can be creative and bold, express a powerful vision, and then take the next step -- to begin planning and realizing their idea for ambitious change. Robin brings deep listening, empathy, savvy, and genuine respect to this community work.

Andy Carroll

Senior Advisor, Exponent Philanthropy

Washington, D.C.

"Her passion, curiosity, and ability to engage people and listen are qualities that gave Robin tremendous credibility. They are also qualities, we have found in our research on leadership, that

can put individuals on a path to catalyzing change."


"Robin Payne's work and leadership gives me great hope and inspiration. She shows us how a citizen with passion, curiosity, insight, vision, courage and humility can help fellow community members recognize their bonds and shared interests, their skills and talents and their collective power. "  Read More

A Citizen and a Small Foundation

Andy Carroll, Exponent Philanthropy


Robin began working with community groups in 2003.  Born out of the necessity to fund projects she wrote federal, state and local grants; created 501(c)(3)'s; wrote and submitted proposals to numerous private philanthropic groups; worked with local government authorities to create a 21st Century Strategic Plan around rural assets; developed large-scale community-based projects; participated in and hosted community workshops; helped small non-profits create strategic plans; attended countless seminars and trainings on sustainability for grassroots organizations; helped groups navigate ever-changing funding resources; facilitated group discussion; and in 2011 acquired a Non-Profit Management Certificate from Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina. 

References available upon request

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