Stephanie Randolph, blue moon fund

How did you get involved with the Appalachia Funders Network?

blue moon fund was an early partner of AFN.  As my role at bmf expanded to include our domestic portfolio, I was excited to participate at the Gathering and sharing between the working groups.  Having previously lived in Webster County, WV I was excited to reconnect and expand my professional network to include leaders and innovators from across the region.

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Energy and Natural Resources

Click below to download publications related to the Energy and Natural Resources Working Group of the Appalachia Funders Network.

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Kim Tieman, Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

"The Funders Network has been the place where I’m among people who know that Appalachia matters."

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Arturo Garcia-Costas, New York Community Trust

What first sparked your interest in philanthropy and specifically in the field of environmental grantmaking?

My interest in environmental grantmaking and specifically, in being a program officer, was first sparked in my second year at Stanford Law School. At a lunch event, I heard a Hewlett Foundation program officer talk about his work, which I found to be incredibly appealing. After working in the nonprofit sector, federal government, state government, and the United Nations on a wide range of environmental issues, my dream of working in philanthropy finally came true when I joined the New York Community Trust in January 2014.  I never thought that I could find a position that brought together all of my environmental policy interests, but serving as The Trust’s environmental program officer does exactly that. I love being able to think so deeply and strategically about so many issues, and to learn from the brilliant people working in these areas.  My passion for protecting the environment was instilled in me by my Puerto Rican grandfather.  As a biologist working for the Federal Government, he introduced me to the wonders of the natural world whenever I visited the island. He taught me how fragile and precious these wonders were, and how important it was to conserve these natural resources for future generations.

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We Come from a place where

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 beauty and a rich culture

We Come from a place
of place-based folks and organizations
a place with a long history of independence,
America’s First Frontier
where we are protected by the shelter of the timeless Appalachian mountains

We are a group of people who
are grantmakers big and small and practitioners
who want to work together for the economic transition of the region
this is our table, the place where we work together.

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Impact Investing for Healthy Communities: Fundamentals, Models, & Examples

Join Lisa Richter of Avivar Capital, Sandra Mikush, Deputy Director of the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, and colleagues from across central Appalachia to explore how you can maximize your investment potential through the use of Program-Related Investments (PRI).

 

 

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Just Transition Fund

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 the Federal POWER Initiative grants.

The fund is a model for using public/private partnerships to advance economic transition in these coal-impacted communities. 

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Promising Sectors Video

Take a peek 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.

 

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Jane Higgins, Blue Grass Community Foundation

How did you get involved with the Appalachia Funders Network?

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has fund holders in 19 Eastern Kentucky counties and five Community Endowments with local advisory boards in Appalachia Kentucky.  It is through this work that we became involved in the Appalachia Funders Network. 

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Community Capacity

To view publications and resources related to building community capacity and community foundations, click below.

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