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.
- Strengthen the Capacity of Community Foundations
Build the capacity of community 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
- Ensure Effective Community Foundation Infrastructure
Connect community foundations across the region to provide coordinated and aligned funders on the ground to advance an equitable Appalachian Transition
- Increase Philanthropic Resources
Help community 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
Susan Urano, Athens Foundation
Members of the Place-Based Foundations Group
Marian Clowes, Parkersburg Area Community 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
Bonnie Blankenship, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland
Catlin Fullwood, Appalachian Community Fund
John Molinario, Appalachian Partnership, Inc.
Travis Staton, United Way of Southwest Virginia