How do I activate my account?


You may have an account as either a member or a nonmember. Members are able to use and see more results on the searchable member map. The following directions pertain directly to members who wish to see the member map.

1.  First, click the sign in button at the top of your page
2.  Under "Create an Account," type in the email you use to receive email from the Network (Note that if you "sign in with twitter or facebook," or a different email, our database may not recognize you as a member)
3.  Check your email for a link to activate your account
4.  Click the activation link in that email to create a password

What is the value of membership in the Network?


Dues-paying members receive the following tangible benefits:

  • Dscounted registration fee for the Annual Network Gathering
  • Direct access, invitations to, and influence in face-to-face learning sessions
  • Networking with over 200 grantmakers and leading experts in the field
  • Ability to participate and shape the learning and analysis of our working groups on health, community capacity, and food systems
  • Opportunity to share events, publications, and news through the Network’s Quarterly Connections Newsletter and website

What type of funding should community foundations consider to calculate their dues?

Community foundations may have designated funds, donor-advised, discretionary funding assets. Do we count all these assets?


Community foundations only need to consider their discretionary or non-restricted funds to determine their annual membership dues. The Network recognizes that using discretionary funds to calculate membership dues is more appropriate and reflective of community foundation's specific needs and limitations.

Can more than one representative from an organization be a member?


Yes. If your organization is a member of the Network, any staff or board member may also receive the membership benefits. This includes, for example, the discounted registration for the Annual Network Gatherings.

How do you define Central Appalachia?

Since membership dues depend on how much grantmaking a funder conducts in Central Appalachia, where are the boundaries?


The ARC-defined Appalachian counties in southeast Ohio, West Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, southwest Virginia, east Tennessee, and northwest North Carolina serve as a guide; however, our geographical definition of Central Appalachia is also flexible and can be re-defined as needed.

How does the Network differ from a statewide network of foundations?


The Network differs from statewide grantmaker associations in that it seeks to build and support the existing movement towards the Appalachian transition as its overarching purpose. The Network also seeks to have collaborative relationships with statewide grantmaker associations so that we may combine efforts, connect members, and share best practices when possible.

Tangibly, the Network also differs from a statewide networks due to our geographic focus on central Appalachia. While our footprint lies in six Appalachian states, most of those states do not cover that whole state (except for WV).

Do government agencies or banks get the same benefits?

Many government agencies or banks are restricted from paying dues. When they do provide support are their benefits the same?


Yes. Even though representatives from banks and government agencies are restricted from paying membership dues, they will receive the same membership benefits when they support or financially contribute to the Network.

How is the fee decided if it is a range?

What if our grantmaking amount is in the middle of the membership dues structure range provided?


We provide a range for the membership fee to allow flexibility for foundations with limitations. To this end, the individual foundation can decide what is appropriate to contribute for its membership fee. Please contact the network coordinator at [email protected] if you would like to discuss the best contribution for your foundation in more detail.