The RFI will be an internationally recognized leader for increasing community capacity as well as the confidence of rural people to address their challenges and opportunities, resulting in resilient and sustainable rural futures.


Building upon the strengths and assets in rural Nebraska, the Great Plains, and globally, the RFI, through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, will mobilize the resources and talents of the University of Nebraska and its partners, including community partners, to create knowledge and action that supports rural people and places to achieve unique paths to their desired futures.

Core values

The core values of an organization can be thought of as those belief systems which form the foundation upon which the work is performed. In an ever-changing world, core values remain constant and represent the basic elements of how an organization goes about its work. The core values for the RFI can be described as: