Capacity Building

The energy of the Appalachian Transition movement is being channeled and supported through an increasingly aligned philanthropic infrastructure. The most significant development actors in the region, including funders, government agencies, and non-profits, are more connected and coordinated than ever before.

  • The Appalachia Funders Network unites grantmakers of all sizes, providing crucial infrastructure for learning, analysis, and collaboration across public, private, and non-profit organizations. The Network’s shared framework captures a common analysis around the strategies and sectors that will accelerate a just and sustainable transition.
  • Numerous public-private partnerships are established or emerging around the region, aligning and leveraging the resources of agencies such as USDA, EDA, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), state governments, and the White House with private industry and regional businesses.
  • Non-profit organizations and other development practitioners are taking a collective impact approach to their work, building collaborative networks that are targeting local food systems, energy efficiency, sustainable forestry, entrepreneurship support, and next generation leadership development.
  • Community foundations (link to position paper) are positioning themselves as strategic partners for building effective local leadership, brokering partnerships, and using their deep local knowledge and relationships to get investments to the ground in rural communities in a way that supports innovative, community-based approaches to economic development.


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