Community foundations play a significant and unique role in creating the conditions for people to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the economic transition. Community Foundations do this by developing partnerships, building trusting relationships, and giving voice to community-based priorities and realities that are going to move our communities forward.
The community foundation landscape across central Appalachia is diverse. Some areas are served by established, multi-county foundations; others by young, single county foundations. Still others are not served by a community foundation at all. Strengthening community-based philanthropy will require a commitment on the part of many players: local, state, and regional.
- Strengthen the Capacity of Community Foundations
Build the capacity of community foundations to be active change agents in the community, encouraging local engagement, innovation, and ownership while also leveraging resources to help communities become active partners in the Appalachian transition.
- Ensure Effective Community Foundation Infrastructure.
Connect community foundations across the region to provide coordinated and aligned funders on the ground to advance an equitable Appalachian Transition.
- Increase Philanthropic Resources
Help community foundations advance the economic transition by supporting them to leverage resources towards the Appalachian transition.
Read more about these priorities and ways the Appalachia Funders Network will advance these priorities by downloading the Collective Strategy document.
Co-Chairs of the Strengthening Community Capacity Working Group:
Gerry Roll, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Margo Miller, Appalachian Community Fund
Members of the Strengthening Community Capacity Work Group
Lisa Adkins, Blue Grass Community Foundation
Janelle Choi, Marguerite Casey Foundation
Paul Daugherty, Philanthropy West Virginia
Kathryn Davis, Foundation for the Tri-State Community
Adam Dickson, Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union
Michelle Foster, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Robin Gabbard, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky
Jen Giovannitti, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
Ethan Hamblin, Appalachian Community Fund
Jane Higgins, Blue Grass Community Foundation
Trudy Hughes, East Tennessee Foundation
Stephanie Hyre, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Alison Lankford, Blue Grass Community Foundation
Monica McCann, The Conservation Fund
Jeff Mansour, The Thompson Charitable Foundation
Deb Markley, Center for Rural Entrepreneurship
Kathleen Marks, Conservation Fund
Monica McCann, Conservation Fund
Sue Moreland, Appalachian Regional Commission
Susie Nelson, Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley
Mary Helen Petrus, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Stacey Raffo, Nicholas County Community Foundation
Sheri Ryder, Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Adam Short, Virginia Tech Foundation
Judy Sjostedt, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
Gabrielle Ratte Smith, Orton Family Foundation
David Stocks, Educational Foundation of America
Susan Urano, Athens Foundation
Megan Wanczyk, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
Mary Witten Wiseman, Foundation for the Tri-State Community
Barbara Wyckoff, One Foundation