Donald Macke

Community Innovation Fellow | Center for Rural Entrepreneurship



Don has more than 40 years of community economic development field experience working throughout North America and the Caribbean. Throughout the years Don’s work has varied between public service ranging from Unicameral staff to serving in the Nelson Administration, to both for-profit and non-profit consulting.


Master’s degree, regional economics

Research Interests

Community Engagement
Entrepreneur Focused Development
Community Philanthropy Development
Impact Investing


Community philanthropy
Entrepreneur focus development
Community engagement


Power Grant, Appalachian Regional Commission
We typically do not receive grants. Payment for services.


Energizing Entrepreneurs, Charting the Course for Rural Communities, 2005
Transfer of Wealth in Rural America, 2011
Energizing Entrepreneurial Communities, A Pathway to Prosperity, 2014


Award for Overall Excellence in Economic Development, Arthur D. Little and the International Economic Development Council
Group Honor Award for Excellence, U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Ron Shaffer Award for Collaborative Leadership