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28 07, 2022

Foundation Announces 2022 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants

2022-07-28T15:07:34-04:00

Charleston, WV-The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved distribution of 29 grants totaling $970,950. Funding supports programs such as The ACEs Coalition of West Virginia, an organization that seeks to share knowledge and resources of positive and adverse childhood experiences.

 

“Learning about ACEs truly opened my eyes to the way I perceive a patient encounter,” said Mark Zelmanski. “As a third-year surgical resident, I can use this scoring system to better approach a patient’s needs in order to provide the best treatment. I firmly believe this tool will benefit not only patients, but providers as well.” .

 

TGKVF awarded 13 responsive grants totaling $274,950 to Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, and Field-of-Interest programs, and awarded eight grants totaling $273,500 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Community Economic Development (CED), Education, and Health. Funding was also awarded for one Special Initiative grant, one West Side 3.0 grant, and one Nonprofit Capacity Building grant totaling $170,000. Continued generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for one Dental and four Emergency Aid grants totaling $252,500.

 

West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) – All in for Wild, Wonderful West Virginia Artists: $10,000 (Arts & Culture) 

The WVSO connected visual, performing, and culinary West Virginia artists with thousands of potential customers by inviting them to exhibit during MATRIC Symphony Sunday, a free daylong celebration of the arts held on June 5, 2022. The event featured the WVSO, the West Virginia Youth Symphony, and other community bands at the University of Charleston. This festival benefited artists from all West Virginia counties, but specifically Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam by providing participation and exhibition opportunities.

 

The Norman Jordan African American Arts and Heritage Academy – Summer Youth African American Arts & Heritage Academy: $4,500 (Arts & Culture)

The African American Arts & Heritage Academy is a week-long program that provides 35 teenagers with the opportunity to participate in an artistic interest of their choice. Students choose from vocal or instrumental music, theater, dance, creative writing, or visual arts. In addition to instruction, there are presentations, workshops, and discussions related to African American history and culture. Held at West Virginia State University, students for this project come from Fayette and Kanawha counties as well as other places. Funding will support Fayette and Kanawha County student scholarships.

 

Multi-Cultural Festival of West Virginia, Inc. – Multifest 32: $9,000 (Arts & Culture)

Multifest is a diversity festival that has been held in Charleston for 32 years and serves the Foundation’s six county footprint of Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. A diverse set of entertainment, artists, and food and clothing vendors will participate in the festival. Funding will support entertainment fees, travel, food, hotel, activities and event costs, and equipment rental. 

 

Charleston Civic Chorus – The Charleston Civic Chorus 70th Concert Season: $1,000 (Arts & Culture)

Funding for this project will support the 2022 Fall Concert performed by the Charleston Civic Chorus. The funds will be applied to the performance fees in collaboration with guest instrumentalists who will comprise a 9-member chamber orchestra to accompany the chorus.

 

FestivALL, Charleston, West Virginia, Inc. – FestivALL 2022: $24,000 (Arts & Culture)

FestivALL 2022 is a project comprised of performance, exhibition, and learning opportunities in performing and visual arts. Funding will support the hiring of artists and arts groups for FestivALL in June and FestivFALL in October for events such as the FestivALL Art Fairs, Carriage Trail events, Dance FestivALL, special theater performances, and public art projects. 

 

Arts in Action – Arts in Action Student Classroom and Performance Supplies: $19,000 (Arts & Culture)

Arts in Action provides arts education and performance opportunities for more than 400 students from locations in Kanawha and Putnam counties. School-year classes and summer camps provide instruction in dance, acrobatic dance, Appalachian clogging, music, theater, and visual arts. Funding for this project will support classroom and performance supplies.

 

Tamarack Foundation, Inc. – Emerging Artist Alumni Mural Project: $11,500 (Arts & Culture)

The Emerging Artist Fellowship Alumni Mural Project highlights former Tamarack Foundation for the Arts (TFA) Emerging Artist Fellows as they collaborate with leaders from their home counties to create community-informed mural projects in Clay and Lincoln counties. TFA will partner with the artists, community leaders, and TGKVF to host gatherings to honor the arts, their work, and their communities. Funding will support the purchase of supplies and compensation of artists.

 

Charleston Ballet, Inc. – Charleston Ballet 2022-23 Season including DRACULA and NUTCRACKER: $20,000 (Arts & Culture)

The Charleston Ballet’s 2022-23 season will present three mainstage performances including DRACULA and NUTCRACKER, both with live music from West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and a mixed-bill with BEO STRING QUARTET. Smaller performances will take place throughout the season at various venues. All performances exhibit educational and cultural diversity components including BALLET FOR ALL and 21st Century After-School programs. Funding for this project will aid in support of guest artist rehearsal and performance fees, travel, housing, new costumes, and sets.

 

Rea of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc. – Rea of Hope Utilities: $23,000 (Basic Needs Multi-Year) 

Funding for this project will support Rea of Hope’s mission to help West Virginia women suffering from alcohol and or drug addiction. This is done through teaching the life skills and self-sufficiency required to reach sustained recovery while providing safe, affordable, and supportive housing for women and their children.

 

BackpackBuddy.Org – Summer BackpackBuddy.Org Program: $30,000 (Basic Needs Multi-Year) 

BackpackBuddy.Org works closely with school staff in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, and Putnam counties to identify at-risk students who need nutritional, personal care, and educational items during their summer break from school. This is achieved by mailing boxes of support to the participating students multiple times during the summer. Funding for this project will support the postage costs of the boxes being mailed to participating students. 

 

Facing Hunger Food Bank – Lincoln County Child, Family, and Senior Food Resource Support: $45,000 (Basic Needs)

This project will address the hunger needs of those living in Lincoln County where the poverty rate is 25.1% versus an overall rate of 17.8% in West Virginia. The program will provide hunger relief activities to three populations: unemployed and underemployed families, children participating in the backpack program, and senior citizens. All planned activities will be specific to the purchase and distribution of fresh, frozen, and shelf stable food products to meet the needs of these most vulnerable groups.

 

Coal River Group – Supporting Outdoor Recreational Economic Growth and Growing Organizational Capacity: $40,000 (Community Economic Development)

The Coal River Group (CRG) began 19 years ago to clean up rivers for environmental and economic benefits; it now attracts an estimated 18,000 users annually who patronize local businesses. TGKVF funding will support critical training, visitor services, and materials to maximize community economic development impacts in Kanawha, Boone, and Lincoln counties. 

 

Inspiring Dreams Network (IDN) – Supporting At-Risk Youth through Coaching and Community Connections: $22,000 (Education)

This project will provide training and resources to build the capacity of youth-serving adults to better support youth by providing training in mental health social-supports, career development, and resource connections. IDN is expanding training and support partnerships with Putnam County youth organizations such as 4-H, Camp Appalachia, Girl Scouts, Mission WV, and DHHR Child Care Facilities to include youth serving organizations in Clay and Kanawha Counties. Funding will support project coordination, training expenses, and participant resources.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-state – BBBSTS Expansion to Putnam and Kanawha Counties: $29,500 (Education)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Tri-state (BBBSTS) is expanding its service area to include Kanawha and Putnam counties. Funding will support the professionally supported mentorship program through staffing support, partnership development, mentor and mentee engagement, as well as with marketing and recruiting costs. 

 

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc. – Serving Seniors, Neighbor to Neighbor: $50,000 (Field-of-Interest)

Through recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers, Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley (FIAGKV) aids seniors who lack basic services like transportation and grocery access but who want to age in place despite these challenges. FIAGKV becomes their neighborhood, ensuring they are not alone. Funding for this project will support volunteer management programs and direct services such as the Honey Do Crew projects, which assist seniors with minor home repairs.

 

Housing & Innovation Corporation – Meeting the Needs of Older Adults in Our Community: $27,950 (Field-of-Interest)

This project will help seniors in Kanawha County who are living in public housing. Funding will support pantry items, welcome baskets, and assistance with acute emergency needs such as transportation, utilities, medical expenses, rental deposit assistance, and housekeeping or bed-bug treatment preparation. Funding will also aid providing farmer’s market vouchers and supplies for social and emotional wellness, allowing residents to increase their physical and mental health, decreasing the risk of becoming homeless or being admitted to a higher level of care.

 

Sprouting Farms – Fortifying Farm to School in Fayette County: $37,000 (Health)

New Roots Community Farm (NRCF) is an agricultural resource center working towards a more equitable food system in the New River Gorge region. NRCF will work with the Fayette County Board of Education (FCBOE) to solidify local food procurement allowing the FCBOE to increase the amount of locally grown produce served in pK-8 feeding programs. This project will also increase NRCF’s capacity to provide agricultural experimental learning opportunities to improve nutrition education for FCBOE students and refine strategies to bolster farm to school programming throughout West Virginia.

 

West Virginia Free, Inc. – Love Your Birth Control: $35,000 (Health)

Funding for this project will support the “Love Your Birth Control” campaign, focusing on increasing access to the full spectrum of contraceptive options. WV FREE addresses the lack of access and education around these issues in a three-prong approach: intensive community outreach and education; shared decision-making training on contraceptive counseling for health care providers and social emotional wraparound-service professionals; and post training support of those trained. This covers the full state of West Virginia with funding from TGKVF assisting with the service counties of Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam.

 

ACEs Coalition of WV – Applying the Knowledge of Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences: $30,000 (Health)

The ACEs Coalition of WV will share knowledge and resources about positive and adverse childhood experiences by educating and engaging three primary target audiences to prevent trauma-related experiences. These audiences include healthcare providers, WV DHHR – Bureau of Social Services – Child Protective Services and Youth Services, and ACEs Coalition membership in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association Inc., WV Chapter – Expanding Services and Improving Care for Families Touched by Dementia: $40,000 (Health)

In the third year of this project, the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will increase its presence and outreach in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties. This will happen by increasing equity in accurate diagnosis and effective care through collaboration with healthcare systems and physicians, with a focus on increasing the number of families who access free services and receive high-quality care and support for living better with Alzheimer’s and all other dementia. The program will also expand its reach through volunteers, enabling the offering of more programs and increased access to care and support programs in underserved areas. 

Mountaineer Food Bank, Inc. – Fresh Initiative Kids Markets: $40,000 (Health)

Mountaineer Food Bank will increase access to fresh, locally grown produce to elementary school students in Boone and Clay Counties through a farmers market style distribution during the school day. Funding will support each child receiving 7-10 pounds of produce to take home and prepare with families, as well as educational materials on nutrition, producing and growing produce, and recipes provided through a WVU Extension partnership in each county served.  

 

West Virginia Health Right, Inc. – Dental Care for Improved Adults: $125,000 (Dental Health)

Funding for this project will support the West Virginia Health Right’s on-site dental clinic in Charleston and its Mobile Dental Unit work to eliminate financial and transportation barriers often faced by West Virginia adults seeking dental care. Services provided by the Mobile Dental Unit include preventative, restorative, and education services to impoverished adults in Boone and Clay counties while serving residents of Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties at the onsite dental clinic. 

 

Manna Meal, Inc. – So Hungry Can Eat Mobile Pantry: $45,000 (Emergency Aid)

When the primary grocery store for many food-insecure residents on Charleston’s West Side closed due to fire in February 2021, Manna Meal quickly addressed the need for food in that community and established its first Mobile Food Pantry to ensure individuals have access to food. The Mobile Food Pantry provides fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, grains, meats, and shelf stable items to help improve the lives of vulnerable citizens. Pantry bags are prepared at Manna Meal then transported to a distribution site on the West Side. Funding will support eighteen mobile pantry events held in Kanawha County.

 

Kanawha County Commission – Kanawha County Juvenile Drug Court Needs: $32,500 (Emergency Aid)

Kanawha County’s Juvenile Drug Court is a court-led and community supported program of early intervention to address the specific needs of its substance-abusing youth participants. The objectives of juvenile drug court are to improve the youth’s functioning by reducing internal and external problems and to increase family self-sufficiency and ability to cope with life’s difficulties. The Program sees to divert non-violent juvenile offenders from the traditional juvenile court process to intensive, individualized treatment with the goal of reducing future court involvement for these youth. Funding will support serving youth participants and their families in Kanawha County.

 

Heart and Hand Outreach Ministries, Inc. – Building Roof Replacement: $35,000 (Emergency Aid)

The Heart and Hand Outreach Ministries building located in South Charleston, WV is in need of a new roof. Due to age and deterioration the current roof is leaking water in several different areas of the building. Funding will support the organization’s continued, uninterrupted basic needs assistance by assisting in a roof replacement project for Heart and Hand’s facility in Kanawha County. 

 

Rea of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc. – Rea of Hope Van: $15,000 (Emergency Aid)

Funding for this project will support the replacement of a stolen van. The van will be used for transportation of adults and children in the programs to work, recovery meetings, doctor’s appointments, and grocery shopping. Access to transportation is necessary to meet program requirements and a critical service to enable residents to care for their selves and their children.

 

West Virginia Community Development Hub – Mobilizing Mini-grants for BBLI Cohort Development: $110,000 (Special Initiatives-Capacity Building)

This project will build capacity and develop leadership within the nonprofit sector in the footprint of TGKVF. The unique partnership between TGKVF and the Hub will activate the Hub’s experience in developing leadership capacity through a mini-grant application and implementation process that will actualize the learning for participants in TGKVF’s Building Bridges Leadership Institute from Fall 2022 through Spring 2023. Funding will support up to 20 mini-grants and project administration.

 

Charleston Regatta Inc. – Charleston Sternwheel Regatta: $25,000 (Special Initiatives)

The Charleston Sternwheel Regatta is a five-day music festival that includes music, food, river events, and activities for all ages. Main events are held on Kanawha Boulevard and Magic Island. Other activities occur at City Center Slack Plaza. Funding for this project supports the costs of entertainment and activities.

 

Appalachia Service Project, Inc. – ASP Westside Housing Revitalization Initiative, Continued: $35,000 (Westside Initiative)

Appalachian Service Project (ASP), working with volunteers, provides home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia. ASP West Side Housing Revitalization Initiative will continue to make homes warmer, safer, and drier and will contribute to neighborhood revitalization on the West Side of Charleston. Activities include providing critical home repairs for ten West Side families and homeowners through volunteers, staff, and subcontractors ensuring quality construction. The project also strategically collaborates with local community organizations to provide a renewed sense of safety, pride, and hope for underserved citizens.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The programs and work approved for the second quarter of 2022 distributions are supported by the following funds: Bernard H. Jacobson Cultural; Alice Ann Koontz; J. Hornor Davis II; Mr. and Mrs. William L. Goldsmith Memorial; Blanche E. Jacobson; James F. Duncan Charitable (Homeless); James F. Duncan Charitable; Les and Verna Evans Memorial; Leopold K. and Elizabeth F. Marmet General; Britt and Judy McJunkin; Prichard (#1); L. Newton and Katherine S. Thomas General; Paul and Opal Vaughan Robert Lytle Anderson; Marian H. Angell Memorial; John C. and Ada K. Arter Memorial; Frank W. and Joan Allison Badger; Beatrice Bell Memorial; Juanita M. Boll Memorial; Mary Lewis Dickinson; Kenneth H. Bowyer Memorial; Cabot Foundation; Miriam Duling Carter 

Memorial; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Chilton, III; Nelle Chilton Family; Senator William E. Chilton, Sr.; Morton F. Hess Memorial; Woody and Helen Hunsinger; Lois and Lawrence C. Kaufman, Jr.; Lloyd and Margaret B. Erhard Jr. Trust; Alfred and Lucy W. McClung; Nancy Gay Randolph; Zelma Drennan Memorial; Mary S. Moses Memorial; Anonymous/Dental; Anonymous/Emergency Aid; Goldman Sachs; and J. W. and Gabrielle P. Hubbard, Jr.

Foundation Announces 2022 Second Quarter Discretionary Grants2022-07-28T15:07:34-04:00
28 07, 2022

The Strength of Community: TGKVF at 60

2022-07-28T11:59:13-04:00

Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO 

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

July 18, 2022 Op-ed in the WV Gazette

I am honored to serve as the 4th President and CEO in the 60-year history of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF). The 60th-anniversary celebration included a Day of Service on June 11, STEAM for All, Lunchtime with the Arts, Reflections and Celebration at the Clay Center, and Grantee Luncheons in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. The Day of Service engaged 32 volunteers and staff who prepared 1,200 meals at Manna Meal, cleared the garden at Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary, and picked up trash on Summers Street. STREAM for All at Slack Plaza included hands-on science, technology, reading, engineering, arts, and math activities in collaboration with Toyota West Virginia, the Clay Center, Kanawha County Public Library, Charleston Ballet, Read Aloud West Virginia, and West Virginia State University Extension. Lunchtime with the Arts included live music from local bands and food trucks over three days in Slack Plaza. Over 230 friends and partners joined us for a reception in the Clay Center’s Grand Lobby that featured the Bob Thompson Unit and dinner on the Clay Center stage featuring poet Jamela Brown, the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, and keynote speaker Douglas F. Kridler, President and CEO of the Columbus Foundation. Finally, attendance at the six grantee luncheons totaled 154.

Aristotle wrote that to do good in service to others is the essence of life. During this time of reflection, it is important to acknowledge the importance of volunteers to TGKVF. In fact, volunteers handled the operations, grantmaking, and administration of the Foundation in the early years. The late Stanley Loewenstein volunteered as the inaugural executive director from 1980 to 1986. He was followed by Betsy VonBlond, our first paid staff member. My predecessor, Becky Ceperley, was appointed in 1999. Becky has been the longest-serving Foundation leader in our 60-year history. I thank Becky for establishing the infrastructure of the organization. Becky, who now serves as the Charleston City Council president, left a solid foundation for me to build upon when I began my tenure in 2016. 

As the TGKVF President and CEO, I don’t work alone. I represent a dynamic team of professionals who are committed to the Foundation’s mission and vision. We have Kristin Mounts, CFO; Stephanie Hyre, Chief Program Officer, handling the arts and culture and education grant portfolios; Jane Powell, Communications Director; Christine Spaulding, Controller; Megan Simpson, Program Director, managing the health grants portfolio; Todd Dorcas, Community Economic Development Program Officer; Susan Hoover, Scholarship Program Officer; Derek Vance, Basic Needs and Special Initiatives Program Officer; Candace Krell, Grants Manager; Accountants, Angela Dobson and Almeda Tincher; Malia Whiting, Receptionist; and Sophia Hudanich, Social Media Fellow. I am thankful for this team that assists me in efficiently and effectively operating the Foundation. I commend them on their unwavering dedication to our community as we serve our donors and nonprofit partners. 

There is another team of professionals who provide the Foundation with behind-the-scenes expertise all year long. They include our legal counsel, Melody Simpson and Emily Lambright of Bowles Rice; our investment advisor, Greg Desisto of Prime Buchholz; auditors, Suttle and Stalnaker; graphic design, event production, and branding provided by Auge, Gray & Drake; information technology, Ameli Business Systems; web design and video production, Cucumber & Company; photography, Rafael Barker and Chris Gosses; and film production, Jason Adams of Adams Film.

TGKVF is the largest community foundation in central Appalachia and a philanthropy leader in the region. The word “philanthropy” means the love of humankind. Our community is blessed by the many people who express their love for humankind through their giving. Thank you, to ALL of our donors. 

Additionally, there are hundreds of people who liberally give of their time and talents, assisting us in the efficient functioning of the Foundation. They include our board of 13 trustees and over 100 volunteers who serve on the investment, scholarship, distribution, program, finance, and advisory committees, as well as on our health, education, and community economic development task groups, leadership institute, and Summit on Race Matters panelists. Thank you all for your service to the Foundation. Your contributions are critical to the success of our efforts. Please know that we appreciate you. 

I honor the memory of a long-term volunteer, L. Newton Thomas, who transitioned earlier this year. Newt contributed his considerable energy and talents to the growth and development of the Foundation for over 44 years. He joined the Board in 1976 and served as its Chair in 1979 and 1980. After his term as a Board member expired, Newt devoted the rest of his life to the betterment of the Foundation and helped to ensure its success. He gave freely of his time and wisdom to the Foundation in the development of several of its initiatives, particularly in providing leadership and counsel for many years as an active member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee, a role in which he was instrumental in assisting in the development of the Foundation’s investment policies. We are immensely grateful for Newt’s service and will endeavor in the years to come to build upon his legacy.

After examining the essential elements of OUR Community Foundation, including our assets under management, our donor base, our community investments, our processes, our systems, and our relationships, it is my pleasure to report, that after 60 years, the foundation is SOLID… Solid as a rock! The Foundation continues to be 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. We have come a long way from our first gift in 1962, a small but significant gift of $100 from members of the Charleston Municipal Planning Commission in memory of Robert S. Spilman, III. We later started our discretionary grantmaking program in 1965 with a grant of $1,000 to Morris Harvey College (now University of Charleston) to support students in the nursing program. Fast forwarding 60 years, we received $3.8 million in contributions and distributed $13.1 million in grants and scholarships in 2021. Over the last 60 years, we have distributed over $183 million in grant funding.

At the end of 2021, the Foundation had $329 million in assets under management, distributed among 555 individual funds. To those of you who made financial contributions last year, thank YOU for caring enough to invest in YOUR community via YOUR community foundation. To those of you who received a 2021 grant, it is our pleasure to partner with you for positive community impact. Please refer to the TGKVF By the Numbers video that will be posted later this month and the annual report book that will be in your mailboxes very soon for further insights into our 2021 contributions and distributions.

In this our 60th year of existence, we are celebrating the strength of community. Community is not merely a geographical place; rather, it is the bonds, shared values, history, and sense of belonging that allow us to make a meaningful life with each other. It’s a commitment to our neighbors and a shared aspiration that the next generation will thrive. Coretta Scott King wrote that “the greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” As I reflect on the Greater Kanawha Valley, I can certainly say that we live in a great community!

We are excited to be in the heart of the downtown community and a part of the Summers Street renaissance. As most of you should know, in September 2020, we moved our office to Summers Street and Brawley Walkway. We’re on the ground floor, in a space that used to be B&B Loans. We are thankful to Lewis Payne of Dupont LLC for building out this space to meet our needs. With the new City Center at Slack Plaza, Fife Street Brewing, the new library, and a growing Business Improvement District, we are a part of the revival of downtown Charleston and it feels so good! We are happy to host Bryan Cooper and Charleston Creativity Connections, a collaborative effort that is responsible for programming at City Center. Thanks to everyone for running with the vision of a new Charleston with Mayor Amy Goodwin, our fearless leader.

Looking to the future, I see even more growth in philanthropy as generous citizens respond to community needs and give like never before. For example, during our 2021 strategic planning process, TGKVF board member Bob Orders was so moved by the need for more scholarships that he and his wife graciously endowed the new TGKVF Scholar Fund so that more West Virginians in need can be educated. Thank you, Bob and Ann.

The needs of the region are tremendous, whether they be in basic needs (e.g., food and shelter), health, education, or community economic development. As the needs increase, so do the demands on philanthropy to contribute more. For us to respond in meaningful ways, we need your help. Commercial donor-advised funds and other instruments from national entities are competing with place-based community foundations like ours. So, I am recruiting everyone reading this article to be advocates for community philanthropy. Help us tell the world about the vision and work of our founding fathers. When you receive the annual report book, do read our history, beautifully written by program officer, Derek Vance, and use it to tell our story.

Let us start a community philanthropy movement. Tell the world about our longevity, impact, and commitment to making West Virginia an even better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Tell them to keep their philanthropy local, as we are culturally aware of the region we serve. Tell them we understand the needs of our community and have the agility to respond to them quickly. Tell them that assisting donors in finding impactful grantees is at our core. We need your assistance and support. We are all in this community together. Whether you give to them directly or with our assistance, we have the opportunity to magnify the impact of our nonprofit partners. 

Thank you to everyone who made The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation possible – our founders, donors, leaders, staff, and volunteers. Thank you also to our grantee partners who work tirelessly for positive community impact. Let us stay the course; our best is yet to come.

The Strength of Community: TGKVF at 602022-07-28T11:59:13-04:00
20 06, 2022

TGKVF 60th Celebration

2022-06-20T17:03:26-04:00
TGKVF 60th Celebration2022-06-20T17:03:26-04:00
9 02, 2022

New Grant Application Form Community Rollout

2022-02-14T12:15:05-05:00
New Grant Application Form Community Rollout2022-02-14T12:15:05-05:00
3 12, 2021

Community Connections Salvation Army, November 2021

2021-12-03T11:48:39-05:00

Jane Powell talks with Major Jayne May, Area Commander of the Salvation Army. They discuss the holiday season’s Angel Tree and Red Kettles. Major Jayne also shares the year round Salvation Army programs that serve our region.

Community Connections Salvation Army, November 20212021-12-03T11:48:39-05:00
1 11, 2021

2nd Q TGKVF Distributions June 2021

2022-02-14T12:14:27-05:00

Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grants totaling $868,820. Funding supports programs such as Facing Hunger Food Bank’s Lincoln County Child, Family, & Senior Food Resource Support project.

During one Facing Hunger Food Bank backpack delivery, a child pointed to the delivery truck saying “I get one of those backpacks.” He was very enthusiastic and said “I love the cereal!” The Food Bank’s CEO said “I love cereal too! Do you eat it for breakfast, or later? Do you drink your milk from the bowl, because that’s what I do?” He laughed, but then he said “We don’t have milk very often because our refrigerator doesn’t work, so if I want my cereal to be wet, I put water on it.” After this conversation, the backpacks have included single serve shelf stable milk. The organization’s goal remains to provide fresh food, dairy, and protein in as many forms as possible in order for all in need to have what they need.

TGKVF awarded eight responsive grants totaling $168,904 to Arts & Culture, Basic Needs, and Field-of-Interest programs, and awarded six grants totaling $193,970 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Education, and Health. Funding was also awarded for two Special Initiative grants in the amount of $111,100. Continued generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for one Dental and nine Emergency Aid grants totaling $394,846.

Inspiring Dreams Network-Supporting At-Risk Youth through Coaching and Community Connections: $17,500 (Education)

Inspiring Dreams Network (IDN) is partnering with four Putnam County youth serving organizations (4-H, Camp Allegheny, Girl Scouts, and DHHR Child Care Facilities) to build the capacity of their volunteers, leaders, and staff to better support the youth they serve. IDN will provide training in the areas of social-emotional learning, academic support, and career development, empowering participants to collaborate with Putnam County school systems to support the success of shared students. The four partnering organizations currently have 225 community volunteers, staff, and leaders who serve 4,000 youth through their combined programs. Funding will support project coordination, training expenses, and participant resources.

Cornerstone Family Interventions, Inc.-West Virginia Home Visiting Collaborative Partner Project:  $56,770 (Education)

In its third year of support from TGKVF, the West Virginia Home Visitation Collaborative Partners will provide the nationally recognized and evidenced-based home visiting program, Parents as Teachers (PAT), in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. PAT builds strong communities, thriving families, and children who are healthy, safe, and ready to learn by matching parents and caregivers with trained professionals who make regular personal home visits from prenatal through kindergarten. The project will allow the sites to continue operating their programs despite state budget cuts by providing funds necessary for home visitor salaries.

Community Access, Inc.- Horses & Journeys™ Lessons from the Herd Wellness Programs©: $21,000 (Health)

In its sixth year of support from TGKVF, Horses & Journeys™ Lessons from the Herd Wellness Programs© assist adults and children in the community who are experiencing stress. Programs serve military service members, first responders, adults, and children who are dealing with trauma and grief, and they help participants identify and strengthen their own practices for wellness. The programs serve all of TGKVF’s service area and utilize equine-assisted therapy, wellness, and guided hiking activities. The programs promote healthy lifestyles and develop and strengthen natural and community-based supports.

Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association Inc., WV Chapter-Expanding Services and Improving Care for Families Touched by Dementia: $40,000 (Health)

In their second year of funding for this project, the West Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will increase the organization’s presence in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. This will happen by increasing equity in accurate diagnosis and effective care through collaboration of healthcare systems and physicians and expanding volunteer outreach, enabling additional education programs and increased access to care and support programs in under-served areas.

TEAM for West Virginia Children, Inc.-ACEs Coalition of West Virginia: $23,700 (Health)

In the second year of support, the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Coalition of WV will improve the health and well-being of residents in the Foundation’s six-county area by reducing the impact of ACEs and preventing their occurrence. This work involves increasing awareness, providing training, advocating for policies and legislation, incorporating ACEs into home visitations, and conducting research on the impact of ACEs.

West Virginia Free, Inc.-Love Your Birth Control: $35,000 (Health)

In the third year of funding, the Know Your Options, Love Your Birth Control campaign will focus on increasing access to the full spectrum of contraceptive options. WV Free addresses the lack of access and education around these issues in a three-pronged approach: intensive community outreach and education; shared decision-making training on contraceptive counseling for health care providers and social and emotional wraparound-service professionals; and post training support to those trained.

Multi-Cultural Festival of West Virginia, Inc.-Multifest: $7,000 (Arts and Culture)

Multifest, developed thirty-one years ago, provides the largest diversity festival in West Virginia. Over the course of the three-day festival, diverse entertainment, food, clothing and art vendors will convene. Activities will include concerts, morning fitness, health screening, cultural dancing, and youth performances. Funding will support entertainment costs and activities.

Arts in Action-Arts in Action Student Classroom and Performance Supplies: $18,000 (Art and Culture)

Arts in Action provides arts education and performance opportunities for nearly 700 students annually from locations in Putnam and Kanawha Counties. Arts in Action provides needs-based financial aid and programming for people with developmental disabilities. Funding will support classroom and performance supplies for 200 students in Putnam County and 175 students through the Urban Stage program in Charleston’s West Side neighborhood.

Charleston Ballet, Inc.-Charleston Ballet 66th Season including a World Premiere of DRACULA: $20,000 (Arts and Culture)

Funding will support the Charleston Ballet’s 2021-22 season, assisting guest artist rehearsal and performance fees, travel, housing, new costumes, and sets for season performances. This season will present three mainstage performances including DRACULA in October, NUTCRACKER with the West Virginia Symphony in December, and a mixed-bill in March 2022. All performances exhibit educational and cultural diversity components, including BALLET FOR ALL and 21st Century After-School Learning Programs.

African American Arts and Heritage Academy-Summer Youth African American Art and Heritage Academy: $4,900 (Arts and Culture)

Funding for this project will support scholarships as well as faculty and guest artist honorariums for the weeklong online Zoom sessions focused on the study of and activities related to African American arts and cultural heritage. Students in Fayette and Kanawha counties will also have performance opportunities that will showcase their artistic abilities and provide cultural enlightenment.

BackpackBuddy.Org-Backpack Buddy.Org Summer Program: $27,500 (Basic Needs)

BackpackBuddy.Org empowers community partners in Boone, Kanawha, and Putnam counties to provide support to underprivileged students during the summer break from school. The support that is provided includes nutritional, personal care items, and educational items. These support items are mailed to participating students multiple times during the summer while the students are away from school.

Facing Hunger Food Bank-Lincoln County Child Family & Senior Food Resource Support: $45,000 (Basic Needs and Emergency Aid)

Funding for this project will address the hunger needs of those living in Lincoln County, which has a food insecurity rate of 17.9% overall and 27.9% for children. The program will provide hunger relief activities to three populations: unemployed and underemployed families; children participating in the backpack program; and senior citizens. All planned activities will be specific to purchasing and distribution of fresh, frozen, and shelf stable products to meet the needs of these most vulnerable groups.

Rea of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc.-Rea of Hope Utilities: $22,000 (Basic Needs)                                                                                              Funding will support the operation of Rea of Hope’s mission to help West Virginia women suffering from alcohol and/or drug addiction by teaching the life skills and self-sufficiency required to reach sustained recovery, while promoting safe and affordable housing.

YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women & Families-YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women & Families: $27,500 (Basic Needs) Funding will assist with operational support of the YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter, a licensed 75-bed facility. This community-based program provides shelter with supportive services 24 hours per day, 365 days per year to single women, women with children, men with custody of their children, Veterans, and intact families.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-Dental Care for Impoverished Adults: $126,000 (Dental Health)

West Virginia Health Right eliminates financial and transportation barriers to obtaining dental care. Through an on-site dental clinic in Charleston serving residents in Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties, and a Mobile Dental Unit that provides care in Boone and Clay counties, more than 4,500 patients in the Foundation’s service area will receive preventative, restorative, and education services.

Capital High School-Capital High School AED: $3,100 (Emergency Aid)

Funding will support the purchase of three portable automated external defibrillators (AED) units to be used for athletic teams which do not have immediate access to an AED at their practice or event facilities.

Pollen8, Inc.-Appalachian Behavioral HealthCare: $29,750 (Emergency Aid)

Through its Reintegr8 program, Pollen8 provides treatment, social support, and employment skills for women committed to recovering from Substance Use Disorder. Pollen8 has recently opened a 30-bed, licensed behavioral health facility to further facilitate this work. Funding from the Foundation will support purchases of food, clothing vouchers for the women in treatment, hygiene and cleaning supplies, and a roof repair for the facility.

Manna Meal, Inc.-So the Hungry Can Eat-Mobile Pantry: $30,000 (Emergency Aid)

When the primary grocery store for many food insecure residents on Charleston’s West Side closed due to a fire, Manna Meal quickly addressed the need for food in that community and established its first Mobile Food Pantry to ensure individuals have access to food. The mobile unit provides fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, grains and meats, and shelf stable items to help improve the lives of vulnerable citizens. Pantry bags are prepared at Manna Meal and then transported to a distribution site on the West Side. Funding for this project will support 12 Kanawha County mobile pantry events.

Risen Lord Catholic Church-Risen Lord Food Pantry Backpack-Utilities Assistance: $25,000 (Emergency Aid)

Funding for this program will provide support to the food pantry, backpack program, and clients with emergency situations such as utility cutoff notices, medical bills, or who are in need of gasoline assistance. During the school year, the drive-through pantry serves 200 families monthly with food and hygiene products. This need will increase during summer months, as seen by the 1,200 students served weekly during 2020 school closures.

Covenant House, Inc.-Housing and Health Stabilization in the HIV + Community: $50,000 (Emergency Aid)

Funding will be used to prevent homelessness for persons with a positive HIV diagnosis, an imminent crisis in Kanawha County recognized by the Center for Disease Control as the greatest HIV outbreak in the nation. Funding will also support the purchase of new computers for case managers working with emergency assistance and housing services in Boone, Fayette, Kanawha, and Putnam counties.

YWCA Charleston-YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Homeless Women and Families-Emergency Aid Project: $38,000 (Emergency Aid)

YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter for Women and Families provides access to shelter and services to approximately 600 single women, women with children, men with custody of their children, veterans, and intact families in Boone, Clay, and Kanawha counties. Funds will be used to help remove housing barriers which have prevented individuals and families from securing suitable permanent housing, household necessities, as well as the replacement of equipment that interferes with providing services.

Recovery Point Charleston-New Roof for Recovery Point Charleston-Sheltering Hope to the Hopeless: $40,000 (Emergency Aid)

Recovery Point is a 100-bed residential recovery program for women suffering from substance use disorder, and has served women from every county across the state. Due to damage from winter storms, funding for this project will aid in the installation of a new roof on the facility on Charleston’s West Side.

Community Care of West Virginia-2021 Social Determinants of Health Fund: $20,000 (Emergency Aid) 

Community Care of West Virginia will utilize funding to reduce patient health disparities by offsetting the negative impacts of social determinants of health. Funding will be used to assist Community Care patients with utility and medication expenses, as well as other non-medical factors that influence health outcomes. Patients from all of the Foundation’s service area are eligible, but the majority are from Clay, Fayette, and Kanawha Counties.

Kanawha County Commission-Juvenile Drug Court Needs: $30,000 (Emergency Aid)

Kanawha County’s Juvenile Drug Court is a court-led and community-supported program of early intervention to address the specific needs of its substance-abusing youth participants. The objectives of Juvenile Drug Court are to improve the youth’s general functioning by reducing internal and external problems and to increase family self-sufficiency and ability to cope with life’s difficulties. The program seeks to divert non-violent juvenile offenders from the traditional juvenile court process to intensive, individualized treatment with the goal of reducing future involvement for these youth.

West Virginia University Research Corporation-Medical Schools Dismantling Discrimination, Racism and Stigma through Structural Competency: $36,100 (Special Initiatives)

The Dismantling Discrimination, Racism and Stigma (DDRS) Structural Competency Training implements the first structural competency training in West Virginia for first year medical students. Designed by Assistant Professor of Public Health at WVU School of Public Health Lauri Andres, and administered by Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, the DDRS training covers 100 minutes of Socratic, lecture-based material, plus a four-day community-based, service-learning experience working with the residents of a historically marginalized community, Grace Bible Church and HOPE Community Development Corporation on the West Side of Charleston.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-WV Health Right-West Side Clinic: $75,000 (Special Initiatives)

West Virginia Health Right (WVHR) will implement a satellite medical clinic to address and improve structural healthcare inequities among low-income and minority residents in the Charleston area. The West Side of Charleston has a large African-American community that will benefit from targeted outreach and healthcare services. This project is designed to dismantle racial and other barriers that exist in the medical treatment of minority populations by incorporating culturally appropriate care that is built upon trust and a foundational understanding that patients are the best directors of their care.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The programs and work approved for the second quarter of 2021 distributions are supported by the following funds: Anonymous Dental Fund; Anonymous WV Emergency Aid; Honor J. Davis, II; Mary Lewis Dickinson; Zelma Drennen Memorial; James F. Duncan Charitable; Brent B. Galyean Memorial; J.W. and Gabrielle P. Hubbard, Jr.; Bernard H. Jacobson Cultural; Blanche E. Jacobson; Alice Ann Koontz; Lowenstein #1; Nathan and Sarah Maslow; Alford and Lucy W. McClung; McJunkin-Jones Family; Mary S. Moses Memorial; Pelzel Family; Nancy Gay Randolph; and L. Newton and Katherine S. Thomas General.

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3rd Q 2021 TGKVF Distributions Announcement

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Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grants totaling $858,520. Funding supports programs such as Zion Child Development Center, Inc.

Zion Child Development Center is using the Pyramid Model of child development to promote young children’s healthy social and emotional development. They are also incorporating Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) into Social-Emotional learning to expand children’s ability to problem-solve. As a result of using these methods and working with the individual needs of each child, Zion has seen increased enrollment of children with disabilities.

The Zion staff is seeing promising outcomes from using the positive behavior supports method.  After encouraging discussions with the staff, a mother enrolled her two children who are on the autism spectrum and now, for the first time, she is seeing her children being included in activities and doing well in the childcare environment. At Zion, she found knowledgeable staff who make necessary adjustments for each individual and strive to include every child in every activity.

TGKVF awarded four responsive grants totaling $156,770 to Arts & Culture and Field-of-Interest projects, and awarded seven grants totaling $203,400 in the Foundation’s proactive Education and Health areas. Funding was awarded for three Special Initiative grants and one West Side 2.0 grant in the amount of $356,850. Continued generous support from an anonymous donor provided funding for three Emergency Aid and one Dental grant totaling $141,500.

City of Smithers- Gateway Center Stage Curtains, Lighting Elements of Larger Auditorium Remodel: $10,000 (Arts & Culture)

Funding for this project provides local matching dollars to leverage a State Arts Commission grant already awarded to start auditorium renovations to serve performing arts, arts education, and other public facility needs in the region of Fayette and Kanawha counties that Smithers overlaps.

West Virginia Youth Symphony- Outreach Through the Performing Arts-Dance, Voice, Orchestra, & Theater: $24,320 (Arts & Culture)

To promote performing arts education, West Virginia Youth Symphony, River City Youth Ballet Ensemble, Appalachian Children’s Chorus, and Children’s Theater of Charleston will perform “Sleeping Beauty” at the Clay Center in February 2022. This performance will showcase over 150 young dancers, singers, actors, and musicians. Counties served include Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam. Funding will support tuition assistance, instruments, instructor’s salaries, venue fees, and materials such as stage props, sheet music, and costumes.

West Virginia University Foundation, Inc.-Children’s Vision Rehabilitation Program (CVRP): $103,950 (Field-of-Interest)

Through this program, CVRP will provide visually impaired children with tools to become independent and employable by optimizing visual function both at home and school. The program will also provide access to the visual environment for children with incurable vision loss through medical eye care, devices, assistive technology, educational recommendations, and support to local school systems. Funding will support evaluations, mentoring, low vision, blindness equipment, and programming to address success in higher education and employment.

West Virginia Bureau of Senior Services-Senior Community Service Employment Program-Senior Evolve: $18,500 (Field-of-Interest) 

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCEP), authorized by the Older American Act, is a work-based job training program for low-income Americans 55 years or older. The intent of the program is to minimize and eliminate barriers such as transportation and the digital divide that seniors face as they seek unsubsidized employment. Funding will support purchases of technology and bus passes for Kanawha County seniors.

Philanthropy West Virginia-Philanthropy West Virginia’s Education Funders Affinity Group Collaboration to Advance West Virginia’s Climb Program: $20,000 (Education)

This second-year grant will support the conversion of college courses from high-cost textbooks to free or low-cost open educational resource (OER) materials. Funding for this Kanawha County OER effort is part of a larger initiative funded by the Ascendium Education Group and Philanthropy West Virginia Education Funders Affinity Group member foundations.

Zion Child Development Center, Inc.-Pyramid Model Fidelity and Using STEM to Improve Social-Emotional Skills: $21,100 (Education)

This funding will enable Zion Child Development Center to begin using the Pyramid Model, a conceptual framework of evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development. The program incorporates STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) into Social-Emotional Learning to help expand children’s ability to problem-solve. Funding will support coaching strategies and STEM learning opportunities for children.

Fayette County Board of Education-Community Focus on Literacy in Early Childhood: $25,000 (Education)

Fayette County’s A Place to Grow Children’s Center has developed a collaborative community project aimed at increasing school readiness and third grade reading proficiency of participants. This funding will support a literacy curriculum for children under the age of 3; evidenced-based professional development for the early childhood teachers; extra professional staff, such as a literacy coach for individual and small group work; the creation of a child-led publishing company; and family involvement in language and literacy activities.

Community Care of West Virginia-Big Otter Clinic Walking Path and Pocket Park: $18,000 (Health)

Funding for this Clay County program will support the development of a pocket park and walking trail adjacent to the Big Otter Clinic to be utilized by patients, staff, and the community. Funding will support the completion of the trail; development of meditation, habitat and herb gardens; and covered seating areas.

City of Charleston-Celebration Station Community Park: $35,000 (Health)

The City of Charleston, the Charleston Rotary Club, Kanawha County Schools, Piedmont Elementary, Piedmont Parent Teacher Organization, and the Childhood Language Center are collaborating to replace the current Celebration Station, which is more than 25 years old and has outlived its usefulness. The 25,545 square foot area will provide a place for children with disabilities, the area’s low to moderate income families, and others to recreate and socialize.

Cabin Creek Health Systems-CCHS’ Patient Centered Service Extension: $50,000 (Health)

CCHS provides healthcare and support to homeless, underhoused, and underserved populations in the Charleston area. Due to overwhelming social determinants of health, some individuals with the most need do not seek traditional healthcare. Funding will support Service Extension continuing to build trust and rapport in the community, and when a patient is ready, transition them to the broader services that CCHS and other agencies have to offer.

The Center for Rural Health Development, Inc.-Wild, Wonderful and Healthy Charleston West Side: $34,300 (Health)

In its second year of funding, Wild Wonderful and Healthy Charleston West Side will continue implementation of the community health improvement process. The program will work to strengthen the capacity of residents and community leaders to develop a culture of health in their community that also supports community economic development on the West Side of Charleston in Kanawha County. Funding will support conducting community health improvement planning and implementing-term changes to improve community health.

Kanawha County Dental Health Council, Inc.: $70,000 (Dental Health)

The Kanawha County Dental Health Council promotes dental health for children through education within Kanawha County Schools and provides comprehensive dental services for children of low-income families. The program accepts Medicaid and CHIP insurance. TGKVF funding will support expenses related to treating patients, purchasing medical supplies and required Personal Protection Equipment, and operating, thus easing the cost of treating uninsured children. Additionally, funding will be used for payroll expenses of essential employees as well as tools they need to provide education.

Walking Miracles Family Foundation-Country Roads Care Assistance Program: $16,500 (Emergency Aid)

The various costs associated with travel can be a major barrier for people living in rural areas or areas without a public transportation system to access cancer treatment in West Virginia. Walking Miracles works in conjunction with hospital social workers to identify patients in need of travel assistance. The project will utilize a Care Assistance Program to provide each family with $500 travel cards to cover the personal costs of getting medical care, which can include transportation, lodging, meals, and other necessary expenses, thus ensuring every West Virginia child receives cutting-edge cancer care. Funding will support families who reside in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties.

The Salvation Army-Social Services Emergency Assistance Program: $50,000 (Emergency Aid)

The Charleston Area Command offers assistance to people of all ages, races, and backgrounds in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, and Putnam counties. Funding will support food assistance, utility and rental expenses, clothing, furniture and household items, prescription medicine assistance, blankets and hygiene products for homeless people, warming centers, and Christmas assistance. These social services are administered through client appointments and client walk-ins.

The Healing House, Inc.-Minority Impact Initiative: $5,000 (Emergency Aid)

The Healing House supports a focused and prioritized approach to minority mental health and recovery through the Minority Impact Initiative. Funding will support addressing Epigenetics, Historical and Generational Trauma, and Social and Emotional Intelligence to break cycles of learned helplessness, close mental health gaps, and reduce the stigma of counseling and mental health support in the minority community.

West Virginia State University Foundation, Inc.-Opening Soon Inc.: $49,450 (Special Initiatives)

In its second year of support, the entrepreneurial program will be a business and product development program for entrepreneurs, start-ups, and micro-enterprises in Kanawha County and surrounding areas. Planned activities include ten weeks of instructional delivery that will incorporate product development, credit counseling, financial literacy, and marketing. Funding for the program will be utilized to pay fees to develop and deliver instructional content, materials, and marketing of the program.

Charleston Main Streets-West Side Gateway Lighting Initiative: $50,000 (West Side Initiative) 

This initiative was designed to create a safe destination district to promote further growth and development that attracts residents and visitors from inside and outside the city of Charleston. Working with area businesses, property owners, and collaborative partners, Charleston Main Streets will create a gateway that will not only protect the millions of dollars of investments that have occurred over the past decade, but also encourage and incentivize new investments for the enhancement of public spaces throughout the business district.

Kanawha Valley Council on Philanthropy (KVCOP)-West Side Community Initiative: $25,000 (West Side Initiative)

The KVCOP provides support through this initiative for projects on Charleston’s West Side. It is the Council’s goal to support programs that meet the interest of its members who may contribute to its multifaceted place-based philanthropic campaign. The funding raised in 2020 supported mental health, education, and COVID-19 related needs.

YWCA Charleston-Building Racial Justice Capacity in the Community: $57,400 (Special Initiative)

This program operates in Boone, Clay, and Kanawha counties to increase capacity to mitigate the effects of racism and to understand the root causes. Funds will be used to strengthen internal and community capacity, support training, and expand outreach through programs and consciousness-raising events celebrating communities of color in Charleston. Funding will also support train-the-trainer education in anti-racism to strengthen internal YWCA and external volunteer anti-racism knowledge and actions.

Step By Step-Step By Step WV, INROADS Charleston Students Career Project: $175,000 (Special Initiative) 

This project aims to provide Charleston’s most at-risk high school youth with career and college readiness opportunities by providing safe afterschool environments provided by Step By Step coupled with the INROADS national model of creating pathways to careers for diverse high school students. The program will provide college readiness curriculum, parental involvement, academic support, mentoring, peer interaction, and access to local internships and jobs in the greater Charleston area.

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation is grateful to our community of generous donors who make these and other grants possible. The programs and work approved for the third quarter of 2021 distributions is supported by the following funds: Anonymous, Anonymous-Dental, Anonymous-Emergency Aid, Mary Frances Bannerot, West Virginia Justice Reform Fund (CZI), James F. Duncan Charitable, Lloyd Jr. and Margaret B. Erhard, Mr. and Mrs. William L. Goldsmith, George and Patty Herscher, J.W. Jr. and Gabrielle P. Hubbard, Bernard H. Jacobson Cultural, Blanche E. Jacobson, Lois and Lawrence C. Jr. Kaufman, Loweinstein #1, Lillian M. Mairs, Alfred and Lucy W. McClung, Nancy Gay Randolph Rogers, and F. Waldo Craig.

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