AFN Mini-Conference 2020

On April 14-15, the Appalachia Funders Network met virtually to host it's first ever mini-conference. The Conference began with a day of group meetings - Equity, Energy & Natural Resources, Health, Food & Agricultural Systems, Arts & Culture, and Downtown Revitalization. On April 15, the Network held three informative sessions on the economy, funding best practices, and new opportunities during COVID-19 for members. 

Please view recordings, materials, and links of the April 15th sessions below

Economic Update hosted by the Federal Reserve Banks of Cleveland and Richmond

This session began with a broad overview of the National Economy led by Sonya Waddell, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Then she highlighted state level data of West Virginia and Virginia. Afterwards, Emily Pacetti, VP of Community Affairs at the Cleveland Federal Reserve, went over data and survey results from KY, OH, and PA. The Panelists then took questions from the Network. 

Resources shared by panelists:

Appalachian Funder Response to COVID-19

This session explored the way the Appalachia Funders Network is responding to crisis and how funders across the region are innovating their practice to adjust to the COVID-19 landscape. Funders were from notable organizations across the region: Appalachian Regional Commission, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, Appalachian Impact Fund, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and the Educational Foundation of America.



CDFI & Loan Fund Networking Hour

This session was focused on CDFIs and Loan Funds. It began with an introduction to the Network and was followed by a spirited discussion of the CDFI landscape in COVID-19.