AFN Working Group Summary

The Health Working Group commissioned Ohio University to compose a summary of the resources, geographic reach, and funding priorities of three of the Appalachia Funders Network's working groups: the Food Systems Working Group; the Health Working Group; and the Strengthening Community Capacity Working Group.

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AFN Members at Large

Michelle Foster and Becky Ceperley, President and former President of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, represented the Appalachia Funders Network on a national stage by attending the Council on Foundations' annual conference. The Council on Foundations released the following video highlighting their annual conference and pre-conference, which was focused this year on rural philanthropy. 


Children's Health in Appalachian Ohio

"The latest report by the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio (CDF-Ohio), Ohio’s Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action,” finds some positive change, but overall paints a picture of stark contrast in the well-being of the Appalachian children compared to those in the rest of the state and much of the nation. Many health problems actually have worsened or newly emerged since the first report in 2001, and the percentage of children living in poverty in the region has increased."

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2016 Gathering Photos

View some of the memorable moments from the 2016 Gathering.


Food & Ag Systems

See below to access reports related to food and ag systems work related to the Appalachia Funders Network.

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