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25 05, 2021

Legal Aid of West Virginia


Lawyer in the School

Lawyer in the School stabilizes the lives Kanawha County School families by providing free onsite legal assistance at Mary C. Snow and Grandview Elementary with issues like eviction, disrupted income and child permanency. In 2020, service was provided through educational workshops and walk-through clinics designed to educate caregivers in an effort to reduce childhood trauma and promote conditions for educational success.

Legal Aid of West Virginia2021-06-08T13:01:07-04:00
25 05, 2021

New Board of Trustees Announcement 2021


Charleston, WV: The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) elected Dale Dawson Clowser and Deborah A. Sink to their Board of Trustees at the December 8, 2020 meeting.  They will each serve a five-year term. The Board has 13 elected Trustees and includes Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO of the Foundation.

Dale Clowser is formerly a Vice President and Certified Mortgage Loan Officer with BB&T Mortgage, now Truist, in Charleston. As a mortgage financial service executive, her expertise includes mortgage lending, debt restructuring, consumer lending, and asset management. A native of Charleston, Dale graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business. She is a graduate of the RMA Commercial Lending School at East Carolina University, as well as a graduate of Leadership Charleston and Leadership West Virginia. Dale has been involved with many community and professional organizations. She is currently the secretary of the WV Foundation for Architecture Board of Directors and a longstanding member of the WVU Classic Committee which raises scholarship money for student athletes.

Deborah Sink is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the West Virginia Investment Management Board. Deborah earned a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Virginia School of Law; a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, Major in Economics, from Virginia Tech; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from West Virginia State University. She was a partner at Bowles Rice, PLLC; Executive Vice President at BB&T Corp. and member of BB&T’s legal staff; and high school math teacher and reader of AP Statistics examinations. Deborah is presently a member of the National Association of Public Pension Attorneys and the West Virginia State Bar.  

The largest community foundation in Central Appalachia, TGKVF had $300 million in assets and over 530 philanthropic funds were under management as of December 31, 2020.  TGKVF is a 501 c (3) tax-exempt, organization and is one of the top 100 community foundations in the United States.

New Board of Trustees Announcement 20212021-05-25T12:52:19-04:00
25 05, 2021

Annual Report to the Community Announcement


The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) will hold their Annual Report to the Community 

Facing the Future with Hope

May 18, 2021 @ 4:00pm through Zoom and Facebook live

Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Sherri Young, Executive Director/Health Officer, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department

Media is invited to register and attend at www.tgkvf.org


Charleston, WV-On Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 4pm, TGKVF will present their 20th Annual Report to the Community via Zoom. Registration is available at www.tgkvf.org


Dr. Sherri Young is the Executive Director and Health Officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department (KCHD), the largest and first PHAB Accredited Health Department in West Virginia. She is the first woman and the first Osteopathic physician to hold this office. In 2019, her colleagues elected her to be the President of the West Virginia State Medical Association, the State’s largest medical society. She is also the Immediate-Past President of the West Virginia Academy of Family Physicians.


Dr. Young has been recognized for her extensive work in Kanawha County leading health command through the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department (KCHD), in collaboration with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority (KCEAA), along with other community partners, for navigating the COVID-19 pandemic response in Kanawha County. From nursing home testing, to large-scale drive-up testing sites, and nationally recognized vaccination clinics, her team has served Kanawha County tirelessly.


TGKVF is a community foundation established in 1962, administering 542 funds, with assets of $310 million.



4:00pm Welcome             Susan Shumate, Chair, Board of Trustees TGKVF

4:10pm State of the Foundation             Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO, TGKVF

4:30pm Change Maker Awards Presentation

5:00pm Featured Keynote                             Dr. Sherri Young, Executive Director/Health  Officer, Kanawha-Charleston Health Department

 5:30pm Q&A/ Closing Dr. Michelle Foster

Annual Report to the Community Announcement2021-05-25T12:52:53-04:00
25 05, 2021

Foundation Announces 2021 First Quarter Discretionary Grants


Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of grants totaling $315,150. Funding supports programs such as the Town of Marmet’s Pedestrian Safety Project. 

The Town of Marmet’s project will design a safe and accessible pedestrian walkway beginning at the end existing sidewalk in eastern residential Marmet and connecting to the transit shelter in front of the Marmet Kroger. This project will make getting around easier for Marmet residents like Jack. 

After a number of brain operations, Jack now copes with a seizure disorder and limited field of vision which leaves him unable to drive a car or ride a bike. He likes to walk to Kroger to refill his medication, even though his wife, Jane, is concerned about him walking along the busy roadway with no sidewalk. 

“The feeling of independence is so valued by those with disabilities and those with limited resources,” said Jane. “At times in the summer you will see a family walking from the store pulling a wagon with groceries and children being held by the hand. Marmet is appealing to those who choose not drive because of the KRT bus line and having so many conveniences accessible by walking. It would be wonderful if one day Kroger could become accessible with a walkway.”

TGKVF awarded four responsive grants totaling $111,100 to Arts & Culture and Field-of-Interest programs, six grants totaling $169,050 in the Foundation’s proactive areas of Community Economic Development (CED), Education, and Health, and one grant in the amount of $35,000 to a West Side 2.0 project. Additionally, an extended 5-year commitment of $350,000, with payments beginning in 2022, was awarded to the CAMC Foundation for a new CAMC Center for Learning and Research that will be located on Chesterfield Avenue across from the CAMC Memorial Hospital.

FestivALL, Charleston, West Virginia, Inc.-FestivALL 2021: $24,000 (Arts & Culture)

FestivALL 2021 will be comprised of performance, exhibition, and learning opportunities in the performing and visual arts. Support will be used for hiring artists and arts groups at FestivALL in June and FestiFALL in October for events such as the FestivALL Art Fairs, Carriage Trail events, public art projects, theater performances, and more. These performances and exhibitions are hosted in Kanawha County and are enjoyed by many who live in and visit the region. Funding will primarily support artists’ fees.

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

The WVSO will connect visual, performing, and culinary artists from West Virginia with thousands of potential customers by inviting them to exhibit and perform during MATRIC Symphony Sunday, a free daylong celebration of the arts on June 6, 2021 at Power Park in Charleston, featuring the WVSO and the West Virginia Youth Symphony. This festival has the potential to benefit artists from all West Virginia counties, but specifically those from Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam, by providing participation and exhibition opportunities. Funding will support renting and setting up the stage, display tables, chairs, and paying professional WVSO musicians to perform. 

CADCO Foundation, Inc.-FASTER WV Loan Fund: $36,750 (CED)

The FASTER WV program provides one on one business coaching, entrepreneurship training, and access to capital for new and expanding businesses. Funding will be used to capitalize the loan fund and will aim to result in the creation or expansion of two businesses and several new jobs.

Coal River Group, Inc.-Growing Organizational Capacity and Supporting Outdoor Recreational Economic Growth: $34,000 (CED)

The Coal River Group (CRG) will utilize TGKVF funding to grow organizational capacity and expand river restoration and community-based outdoor river recreation programs. CRG is looking to increase and develop operational support for a new Director to guide the organization and implement its 2020 – 2025 Strategic Plan. CRG has been successful in creating informational programs that have boosted local entrepreneurial efforts and has aggressively promoted tourism for the region through social and public media platforms. The Coal River Water Trail is recognized nationally and continues to grow. 

WVMA Educational Fund, Inc.-Explore the New Manufacturing in Greater Kanawha Valley: $22,000 (Education)

The Explore the New Manufacturing in Greater Kanawha Valley initiative will expand STEM and career literacy programs for middle and high school students in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. The project will introduce the Manufacturing Innovation Challenge (MIC) for high school career and technical education students in partnership with regional manufacturers. The Explore Program’s popular The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Student Video Contest will be expanded to include more middle school teams and manufacturing partners within the competition’s Southern Region. All learning programs meet the WV Department of Education’s curriculum standards. Funding will support staffing and supplies.

WV Professional Dance Company (WVDC)- “Exploration Earth: Your World Through STEAM” Educational Dance Tour: $28,000 (Education)

The “Exploration Earth: Your World Through STEAM” educational dance tour provides 22 educational performances and workshops in Clay, Kanawha, and Lincoln County Schools, as well as two public performances. The performances will connect movement to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) disciplines as well as global and Appalachian cultures and histories exploring conceptual parallels between design fields, kinesiology, and choreography. Funding will support staffing, school visits, and artist stipends.

Housing Innovations Corporation-Meeting the Needs of Older Adults in Our Community: $32,100 (Field-of-Interest)

This program aids Kanawha County seniors who live in public housing. Funding will assist and prevent homelessness and increase their ability to remain independent and active in their communities. This grant helps residents with food pantry items and vouchers for a mobile farmers market. Funding also supports emergency needs such as transportation, utilities, medical expenses, and rental deposit assistance. 

Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc.-Serving Seniors Neighbor to Neighbor: $45,000 (Field-of-Interest)

Project funding will support capacity growth through recruitment, training, and retention of volunteers in Kanawha County. This grant also addresses the unmet needs of seniors including consistent, reliable access to food; home repairs and maintenance with a priority on ensuring a safe living environment; and engagement opportunities designed to combat the health detriments of social isolation among our senior population.

Town of Marmet’s Pedestrian Safety Project: $10,000 (Health)

The MacCorkle Avenue at Lens Creek Road Pedestrian Safety Project aims to design safe and accessible pedestrian infrastructure beginning at the end of the existing sidewalk in eastern residential Marmet and connecting to the transit shelter in front of the Marmet Kroger Grocery and Pharmacy. This grant will assist in developing a design report, which will be the first concrete step in positioning Marmet to produce a shovel-ready project. Residents will have direct input in the design as public involvement meetings will be hosted by the Regional Intergovernmental Council. The engineering design is supported by Transportation Alternatives funding and requires a local match.

Mountaineer Food Bank, Inc. (MFB)-Fresh Initiative Kid Markets: $38,300 (Health) 

In its third year of support from TGKVF, Mountaineer Food Bank will host Fresh Initiative Kids Markets with MFB produce inventory, partnering with local producers and WVU Extension Agents to provide fresh produce to selected elementary schools in Boone, Clay, and Fayette Counties. The funding from TGKVF will help improve access to nutrient-dense food boxes that make up a healthy eating pattern, provide education, and increase food insecurity awareness and empathy. This year’s program will be slightly modified to limit contact with students while still allowing them to be served when in a blended learning model due to the COVID pandemic.

Appalachian Service Project, Inc.-ASP Kanawha County Housing Revitalization Initiative, Continued: $35,000 (West Side Initiative 2.0)

Appalachian Service Project provides volunteer home repair and replacement in Central Appalachia. Funding will support the Kanawha County Housing Revitalization Initiative activities to make homes warmer, safer, and drier while improving West Side neighborhoods. Activities will provide critical repairs for eight families through volunteers, staff, and subcontractors while collaborating with other 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 first quarter of 2021 distributions are supported by the following funds: 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; Kenneth H. Bowyer Memorial; Cabot Foundation; Nelle Chilton Family; Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Chilton III; Senator William E. Chilton, Sr.; Ellsworth R. and Caroline H. Clark; William O. Clarkson; Helen R. Coffindaffer; Columbia Gas; Lenore Cox Compton Memorial; Cox-Morton; Jane M. and Rugeley P. DeVan, Jr.; Mary Lewis Dickinson; Miriam Duling Carter Memorial; Lloyd and Margaret B. Erhard, Jr.; Glen and Lois Wingett Howard Memorial; J.W. and Gabrielle P. Hubbard, Jr.; Bernard H. Jacobson Cultural Fund; and Harry and Florence Silverstein. 

Foundation Announces 2021 First Quarter Discretionary Grants2021-05-25T12:49:56-04:00
21 05, 2021

TGKVF Distributed Record Amount in Novel Year


The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation distributed record amount in novel year

By Caity Coyne, Staff writer

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation distributed a record $13.5 million to community organizations last year, Dr. Michelle Foster, president of the nonprofit organization, announced Tuesday.

“When things got hard, people got charitable. People here are really, really generous. They want to support their neighbors and people around them,” Foster said. “The pandemic showed us that’s true.”

The announcement came as part of The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s annual report to the community. According to the report, the organization took in $3.6 million in donations in 2020 — not a record, Foster said, but not a concern either.

“It’s my pleasure to report that [The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation] is solid,” Foster said. “As they say in that famous song, ‘solid as a rock.’”

In 2020, the Foundation awarded more than $1.3 million to COVID-19 recovery and support.

Dr. Sherri Young, health officer at the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department and keynote speaker at Tuesday’s presentation, said fighting the pandemic would have been much more difficult without support from the Foundation, which supplied tents, equipment, food and water, among other things, to volunteers and employees at the county’s dozens of COVID-19 testing and vaccination events.

Tuesday marked 442 days of the department’s Health Command for COVID-19 response, Young said. She urged people to get vaccinated to help speed up the return to normal.

“We’re going to get there because we have hope, we have community and we have each other,” Young said. “We are going to continue to march on and finish this pandemic, then we’ll march on to the next thing together, because that’s what communities do.”

The Foundation also distributed more than $743,000 to criminal justice reform projects in 2020, and hosted a series of high-profile events aimed at furthering conversations on race relations in West Virginia.

“After the callous killing of George Floyd, the days after May 25 were difficult for me,” said Foster, who is Black.

As she read statements from people across the nation in response to the murder, she said she froze every time she tried to write her own. So instead of putting out a statement, Foster said she wanted to move the conversation forward through the Summit on Race Matters.

“People were so interested in learning more and trying to make a difference,” Foster said. “It’s incredible to see how much of a success this was.”

Also Tuesday, The Foundation recognized area organizations as Change Makers, an annual award given to people and groups working to improve the Kanawha Valley with programming initiatives and services. The 2020 recipients were West Virginia Women Work, Legal Aid of West Virginia, FestivALL, the Kanawha Valley Collective and the Keep Your Faith Corporation.

TGKVF Distributed Record Amount in Novel Year2021-05-21T16:27:21-04:00
11 05, 2021

Partnering for Community Impact: An Overview of TGKVF Opportunities


You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Jun 3, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: Partnering for Community Impact: An Overview of TGKVF Opportunities

Register in advance for this webinar:


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

TGKVF Partnering Webinar Flyer 2
Partnering for Community Impact: An Overview of TGKVF Opportunities2021-05-12T12:02:18-04:00
10 05, 2021

Accountant (disbursements)



Accountant (disbursements) 


The Accountant is a member of the finance team that is responsible for managing 540  plus philanthropic funds, annually processing approximately 1,000 grants, accepting  various forms of contributions and various other financial duties to support the Foundation’s mission. The Accountant is a key contributor to the team’s efforts to ensure  the accuracy and completeness of the Foundation’s financial records, timely reporting and  analysis of financial results, and maintenance of strong internal controls. This is  accomplished through individual work, contribution to Foundation-wide projects, and  serving as a back-up for other team members. 


Prepares/reviews grant payments utilizing the Blackbaud Grantmaking System, including bank request letters, mailing payments, filing and closing requests; Completes financial reviews of discretionary grant applications which includes  working with the Program Team and applicants on concerns or questions as  needed. 

Prepares cash disbursements/checks for the Foundation administrative accounts  at least semi-monthly; 

Supports the Controller, CFO, and Finance Team by reviewing general ledger  reconciliations, journal entries, allocations, donor statements, and recommending  process improvements; 

Serves as a backup for various finance processes, including but not limited to,  cash receipts, grants payables, payroll and new fund creations; 

Updates the American Express expense tracking spreadsheet monthly; Assists the Controller with entering the annual spend calculation into the  Blackbaud Grantmaking System; 

Serves as the primary finance contact for the majority of functions related to  specific Donor Advised Funds which includes processing grant awards, mailing  declination letters, maintaining the annual Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) tracking spreadsheet, uploading and filing returned/signed MOUs, and  communication with past, present, and future grantees regarding reporting  requirements and funding; 

Assists the Accountant (receipts) in preparing quarterly bank statements which includes creating new fund statements, reconciliations, and preparing journal  entries, filing;


Assists the Controller and CFO during the Foundation’s annual financial audit which includes preparing schedules, gathering information, drafting and/or  reviewing draft audited financial statements and footnote disclosures, and  reconciling amounts and information to financial records and supporting  schedules; 

Assists the Controller and CFO with the annual preparation and filing of IRS Form  990 and other federal, state, and local tax and information returns, and the  Foundation Annual Report; includes preparing schedules, gathering information,  drafting and/or reviewing the returns, and reconciling amounts and information  to financial records and supporting schedules; and 

Develops, reviews, and updates written policies and procedures. 


Personal information on donors, grantees, customers, and staff is to be kept  confidentially. Violation of this confidentiality can result in corrective action, up to and  including dismissal according to TGKVF Policies and Procedures. 


Employee must be proficient at using a Microsoft Windows-based computer and  software applications needed to perform duties (Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook and  the Internet). Employee will be trained on finance and grants management software.  The individual must be familiar with the following office equipment: copier, fax  machine, shredder, and scanner.  


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to  perform essential functions. 


  • General office work environment with intermittent travel as needed.  Significant telephone and computer work (repetitive movement – typing) Frequent sitting, standing, walking, climbing stairs, bending and lifting of light to  heavy loads (50 lbs.).  


To perform this job successfully, the employee must be able to multi-task and perform  each duty satisfactorily.  


The Accountant reports to the Controller. 


Semi-annual and annual reviews will be conducted by the Controller and CFO.



  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance preferred 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills required 
  • Keen conceptual and analytical skills required 
  • Experience in the nonprofit and/or grantmaking sector preferred Proficiency with Blackbaud Financial Edge, Raiser’s Edge, and Grantmaking  (GIFTS) software preferred 


To perform the job successfully, an individual demonstrates the following competencies: Interpersonal Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people, up, down, and  sideways, inside and outside the organization; builds appropriate rapport; builds  constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; can diffuse even  high-tension situations comfortably 

Technical Learning: Picks up on technical things quickly; can learn skills and  knowledge; is good at learning new industry, company, product, or technical  knowledge – like internet technology; does well in technical courses and seminars 

Written and Oral Communications: Is able to write clearly and succinctly in a  variety of communication settings and styles; can get messages across that have  the desired effect; is well-spoken and thoughtful 

Action Oriented: Enjoys working hard; is action oriented and full of energy for  the things he/she sees as challenging; not fearful of acting with a minimum of  planning; seizes more opportunities than others 

Composure: Is cool under pressure; does not become defensive or irritated when  times are tough; is considered mature; can be counted on to hold things together  during tough times; can handle stress; is not knocked off balance by the  unexpected; doesn’t show frustration when resisted or blocked; is a settling  influence in a crisis 

Drive For Results: Can be counted on to exceed goals successfully; is constantly  one of the top performers; very bottom line oriented; steadfastly pushes self and  others for results 

Supervisor Relationships: Responds and relates well to supervisors; would work  harder for a good supervisor; is open to learning from supervisors who are good  coaches and who provide latitude; likes to learn from those who have been there  before; easy to challenge and develop; is comfortably coachable 

Peer Relationships: Can quickly find common ground and solve problems for the  good of all; can represent his/her own interests and yet be fair to other groups; can  solve problems with peers with a minimum of noise; is seen as a team player and is  cooperative; easily gains trust and support of peers; encourages collaboration; can  be candid with peers 

Self-Development: Is personally committed to and actively works to continuously  improve him/herself; understands that different situation and levels may call for  different skills and approaches; works to deploy strengths; works on compensating  for weakness and limits



Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.  


May 31, 2021 


Rev. 0 (05.06.2021)

Accountant (disbursements)2021-05-10T15:02:50-04:00
26 04, 2021

Community Connections March 24, 2021 with Boone County Community Foundation


Jane Powell has a conversation with Boone County Community Foundation’s Managing Director Connie Phillips and Board Vice-Chair Chip Shaffer. They discuss ways to create funds and scholarships that provide distributions in support of Boone County.

Community Connections March 24, 2021 with Boone County Community Foundation2021-05-06T11:35:03-04:00

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