Sandra Mikush, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation

How did you get involved with the Appalachia Funders Network?

Several years ago, I was regularly finding myself in meetings with the same people - Wayne Fawbush, Ray Daffner and Mary Hunt-Lieving. We would have individual conversations and realize that we were funding many of the same organizations. This led us to think it would be great if we had more time to connect, learn about each other’s work and explore how we could work better together. These conversations led to the idea of convening funders in the region, which eventually became the Appalachia Funders Network. Around the same time, I was involved in a year-long leadership program at Rockwood and I wanted to give myself a challenge. I asked myself, "What can I do to be an organizer within philanthropy?", which encouraged my involvement in the Network.

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