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  • Nora-and-Allen-Jan-2016-300x265 crop white AFN Member Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust on Being a Disrupter for a Day
  • Register Today! Feature Image Register for the Gathering!
  • Quarterly Connections Member Profile Member Profile: Kim Tieman
  • The Climate and Energy Funders Group and the Appalachia Funders Network are co-coonsoring this webinar. The Climate and Energy Funders Group is a funder affinity group within the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. POWER Plus Update Webinar
  • PRI Program-Related Investments Webinar
  • Social Enterprise webinar Social Enterprise Webinar
  • Website images - POWER Webcast Webcast: Submitting a POWER Proposal
  • Poem- We Come - JTF Just Transition Fund Grantees
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Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust  Interim President and Vice President of Programs, Allen Smart, and Director of Communications, Nora Ferrell contributed this guest post at Putnam Consulting Group. The post provides helpful suggestions for being a disrupter and upending the status quo in order to make more impactful, lasting change.

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Quarterly Connections Member Profile

Each Quarter, we profile a member of the Network to see what inspires him or her, why they joined the Network, and how they got involved in the Appalachian transition work. Below, we profile Kim Tieman, a Program Officer for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation.  How did you first become interested in philanthropy? I am  [Read More]

The Climate and Energy Funders Group and the Appalachia Funders Network are co-coonsoring this webinar. The Climate and Energy Funders Group is a funder affinity group within the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity.

On October 28, the Just Transition Fund, Appalachia Funders Network and the Climate and Energy Funders Group presented an update on President Obama’s POWER Plus Initiative. This historic plan provides much-needed federal assistance to both coalfield and power plant communities adversely impacted by current changes in the coal industry. The plan was launched in 2015  [Read More]


The Health Working Group of the Appalachia Funders Network hosted a webinar (recording below) as part of a year long learning journey to explore strategies to improve health and well-being across central Appalachia. Participants explored how they can maximize their investment potential through the use of Program-Related Investments (PRI). Speakers include: Lisa Richter of Avivar Capital  [Read More]

Social Enterprise webinar

In partnership with the One Foundation, the Appalachia Funders Network hosted a webinar to introduce funders to the field of social enterprise development. Speakers shared core concepts, the particular challenges and opportunities that face social enterprises, and the connections to a broader economic transition strategy. The webinar also explored the role of philanthropy in social enterprise development and  [Read More]

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The Network, in partnership with the Rockefeller Family Fund and Sustainable Strategies, hosted a webinar that covered the nuts and bolts of submitting a federal POWER proposal. The webinar was open to Just Transition Fund recipients and we encourage other communities to hear this valuable information to strengthen their proposals. Please click here to download the webcast  [Read More]

Poem- We Come - JTF

In early 2015, a group of philanthropic foundations joined forces to create the Just Transition Fund to support coal-impacted communities working on transition issues. The Fund is a $450,000 fund created by national and regional foundations to rapidly award capacity building grants to help coalfield and coal plant-impacted communities better prepare for economic transition and compete for  [Read More]

Poem- We Come - We Come

Margo Miller, Co-Chair of the Appalachia Funders Network Steering Committee crafted the below poem from the presentations and tweets at the Gathering. She read it at the closing of our learning day, Wednesday April 15, 2015. We Come from a place where The fog from the mountains look like crushed velvet a place of natural  [Read More]

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Take a peak into some of the innovative efforts to advance the economic transition in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Below is a video where we highlight some successful efforts in the local food, health, renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors. These examples punctuate the opportunities that unite the entire Central Appalachian region. Accelerating Appalachia’s  [Read More]