Arts & Culture Group Profile Project

The Arts & Culture Group embarked on commissioning written stories of the power of art in Appalachia. In this series - called How Appalachian People Use Art to Make Change: Stories of the Power of Art - we profile innovative projects in Appalachia that infuse community economic development work with arts and culture in order to make a stronger impact in the communities served.

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AFN Energy & Natural Resources Group Peer Sharing

On June 25th, the Energy & Natural Resources Group hosted a Funder Learning Call with the Nature Conservancy (TNC). Campbell Moore, Director of Central Appalachians for TNC, led the learning call. The call focused on the recent investment of the carbon market by Amazon and other environmentally focused philanthropies and companies. For more information on the program, please follow up with Beth Wheatley (ewheatley@tnc.org), TNC Director of External Affairs & Strategic Initiatives in West Virginia and Co-Chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Group.

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AFN Funder Response III: Health Group Update Webinar

 On June 26th, the Health group hosted a webinar with information on how the COVID-19 pandemic is reaching into rural places and putting a strain on health systems and rural hospitals. Alan Morgan, Chief Executive Officer with the National Rural Health Association, led the webinar with an overview of public health in rural areas during COVID-19. Then guest speakers from West Virginia organizations addressed access issues related to oral healthcare, COVID-19, and reproductive health. The session was moderated by Laura Nixon, AFN Health Group Co-Chair and Program Officer with the Educational Foundation of America. Learn about our speakers, below.

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AFN Funder Response II: Food & Agricultural Innovations Webinar

On June 3rd, AFN hosted a timely webinar to address the COVID-19 Pandemic and  evaluate the role of the Network amidst a call for racial justice and policing reforms across all 50 states in response to the death of George Floyd. The webinar was introduced by Michelle Foster and Lora Smith, Network Co-chairs. Carole Pickering, Program Officer with the Educational Foundation of America, and Gerry Roll, Executive Director of the Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky presented on regional projects.

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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

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