The Foundation was created in 1962 by and for the people of the Greater Kanawha Valley area. This area encompasses the following six county region: Kanawha, Putnam, Boone, Clay, Lincoln and Fayette. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is the largest Community Foundation in the State of West Virginia and celebrated its 60th year anniversary in 2022.

The Foundation is here to help individuals, families, businesses, and nonprofits improve the lives within the community now and for generations to come. We assist donors in creating charitable funds, each with its own philanthropic purpose, and provide grants to nonprofits that meet the needs of the community.


We envision a forward-thinking and closely connected community that fearlessly works together to promote the prosperity of all.


The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is a philanthropic leader that helps donors, nonprofits, and other collaborative partners strengthen our community so all of the people and places we serve have the opportunity to thrive.


  • Lead with integrity and respect for all. We serve our community with integrity, compassion, respect and thoughtfulness.
  • Act with a long-term perspective. We take a long-term approach to our investments by creating lasting cycles of wealth for the entire community.
  • Build on our community assets. We build on the strengths of our community while fostering innovation and connections that improve the livelihoods of all people in our area.
  • Seek excellence. We seek excellence in ourselves and our organization, and support and encourage all of our partners to create optimal impact through their work.
  • Advocate for inclusiveness. We believe in transparency, acceptance, and the celebration of diversity.
  • Promote collaboration. We work to create genuine, honest, and mutually-supportive relationships with and among all of our stakeholders.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. These values are central to our mission and to our impact.