Place-Based Foundations Group

Community and place-based foundations play a significant and unique role in creating the conditions for people to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from the economic transition. They build community capacity by developing partnerships, building trusting relationships, and giving voice to community-based priorities and realities that are going to move our communities forward. Read more about how the group defines community capacity here.

The community and place-based foundation landscape across central Appalachia is diverse. Some areas are served by established, multi-county foundations; others by young, single county foundations. Still others are not served by a community foundation at all. Strengthening community-based philanthropy will require a commitment on the part of many players: local, state, and regional.


  1. Strengthen the Capacity of Community and Place-based Foundations

    Build the capacity of community and place-based foundations to be active change agents in the community, encouraging local engagement, innovation, and ownership while also leveraging resources to help communities become active partners in the Appalachian transition

  2. Ensure Effective Community and Place-based Foundation Infrastructure

    Connect community and place-based foundations across the region to provide coordinated and aligned funders on the ground to advance an equitable Appalachian Transition

  3. Increase Philanthropic Resources

    Help community and place-based foundations advance the economic transition by supporting them to leverage resources towards the Appalachian transition

Read more about these priorities and ways the Appalachia Funders Network will advance these priorities by downloading the Collective Strategy document.


Co-Chairs of the Place-Based Foundations Group:

Michelle Foster, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Marian Clowes, Parkersburg Area Community Foundation

Members of the Place-Based Foundations Group

Kerry Pigman, Athens Foundation

Kristin Collins, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

Trudy Hughes,East Tennessee Foundation

Jeff Mansour, The Thompson Charitable Foundation

Margo Miller, Appalachian Community Fund

Gerry Roll, Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

Gabrielle Smith, Orton Family Foundation

Megan Wanczyk, Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

John Molinario, Appalachian Partnership, Inc.

Travis Staton, United Way of Southwest Virginia

Katie Loudin, One Foundation