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7 06, 2017

#AlmostHeaven: Show your love for West Virginia!

2017-06-07T01:08:26+00:00

The state Division of Tourism is launching a new campaign that encourages people to show what they love about West Virginia by posting a photo to social media with the hashtag #AlmostHeaven.

So, what makes West Virginia #AlmostHeaven? State Tourism Commissioner Chelsea Ruby said she loves “the spectacular views.”

“No matter which corner of the state you’re in, what you’re doing or where you are, the state is just absolutely beautiful,” she said.

The campaign is scheduled to launch Tuesday and last through June 20th, which is West Virginia’s 154th birthday.

Every day for the next two weeks leading up to the birthday, the Division of Tourism will post — on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — a reason the Mountain State is a great place to live.

Ruby said it’s a great way to promote tourism in the state. She said West Virginia gets a bad image from people who don’t live in the state.

“People who are out there saying negative things about West Virginia — a lot of them have never even been to the state, so if we can get everybody in the state posting pictures, telling all the great things about the state and really educating people about all the things we have to offer, I think we can take a large step in improving that image,” Ruby said.

Last year, 52 percent of West Virginia travelers said they booked a trip here because of a post they saw on social media, Ruby said.

“If we tell our story and we promote ourselves as a world class destination, we have the potential to drastically multiple the affects of our advertising,” she said.

The Division of Tourism will be giving away West Virginia vacations for the two best posts each day. The person with the most and best #AlmostHeaven posts by June 20th will be featured in an online video.

To get involved, use #AlmostHeaven and visit GoToWV.com/AlmostHeaven to see photos.

Source: W.Va. Division of Tourism promotes #AlmostHeaven campaign by Carrie Hodousek  | June 5, 2017

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25 08, 2016

$16.4 million in grant money coming to West Virginia

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photo courtesy of Sam Owens/Gazette-Mail

By Andrew Brown/Charleston Gazette-Mail

HUNTINGTON — Millions of dollars are being disbursed to groups in West Virginia and other coalfield communities throughout the country as part of President Barack Obama’s POWER initiative.

State and federal officials gathered in Huntington Wednesday to announce more than $38.8 million in funding for groups in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Alabama.

Groups in the Mountain State will receive around $16.4 million, or more than 40 percent of the federal money, which will help advance efforts in education, infrastructure improvements, business development, manufacturing expansions and workforce training.

Read more at Charleston Gazette-Mail

 

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27 04, 2016

A Culture Shift for Fundraising

2017-04-25T18:10:52+00:00

Three years ago, the Haas, Jr. Fund joined with CompassPoint Nonprofit Services to produce a study, UnderDeveloped, documenting the chronic fundraising challenges facing today’s nonprofits. One possible path to addressing these challenges, the report suggested, is for nonprofit leaders to foster and develop a “culture of philanthropy” in their organizations.

Even as we made this recommendation, we acknowledged that the term “culture of philanthropy” was not yet well understood across the sector. That’s why we recently asked Cynthia Gibson to look into exactly what the field means when we talk about such a culture. In Beyond Fundraising: What Does it Mean to Build a Culture of Philanthropy?, Cynthia synthesizes her conversations with diverse experts, offers a framework for understanding what a culture of philanthropy might look like, and provides suggestions on how to know if you have one.

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6 12, 2016

Appalachian Reading Center receives 3rd Q funding

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Appalachian Reading Center $48,176 (Education) The Appalachian Reading Center and The Bridge of Mission WV will partner with Clay County Schools to provide a second year of outreach in Clay County. The coalition will continue to identify and tutor dyslexic and reading deficient students within foster or kinship care; services will be provided at no charge to participants. Funds will continue to support training and stipends for tutors, materials for students and families, and scholarships for regional youth to attend the Appalachian Reading Center

At its September 21, 2016 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eighteen grants (18) totaling $864,570. Of that total, $614,570 will be disbursed over a one-year period and $250,000 will be disbursed over a five-year period.

Read more in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 newsletter here.

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13 12, 2016

Bob Burdette Center receives 3rd Q funding

2017-04-17T17:55:13+00:00
Photo courtesy of  Bob Burdette Center

Photo courtesy of Bob Burdette Center

Bob Burdette Center $62,274 (West Side Initiative) Bob Burdette Center and the East End Family Resource Center will be offering full day programming to students from Mary C. Snow Elementary during school intercession breaks on the West Side of Charleston. The intercession programing will focus on STREAM (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education. At the end of each STREAM Break, the sites will host a STREAM Family Night. Funding will support salaries for teachers and staff and supplies for STREAM activities.

“Building relationships is critical not only to a child’s educational success but for life success.”

At its September 21, 2016 meeting, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of eighteen grants (18) totaling $864,570. Of that total, $614,570 will be disbursed over a one-year period and $250,000 will be disbursed over a five-year period.

Read more in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 newsletter here.

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1 12, 2016

Britain tackles national obesity crisis

2017-04-17T17:55:14+00:00

‘Daily mile’ craze in Britain hopes to tackle national obesity crisis

November 30 at 2:53 PM  The Washington Post

Karla Adam/The Washington Post

Torriano primary school in north London doesn’t have lush green grounds or an outdoor running track or a leafy campus quad.

But on most days, its students do something that is being replicated in schools across the country: They put down their pencils, step into the great outdoors and run a mile.

For one ruddy-faced 9-year-old who was breathing heavily after his run, the experience “makes me feel like I’m proud of myself” and means that “during lessons, I can concentrate a bit more.” On a recent day that looked like autumn but felt like winter, he joined his classmates in lapping the perimeter of his Victorian school 12 times before heading back inside to get on with his day.

Every day, tens of thousands of schoolchildren across Britain — in addition to regular physical-education classes — run, jog or walk a mile under a voluntary scheme dubbed the “daily mile.” They don’t change clothes. They don’t compete. They don’t know when their teacher will give the green light to rush outside.

But at some point during the day, come (non-torrential) rain or shine, children complete a mile.

Continue reading here.

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23 08, 2016

Charleston Ballet receives TGKVF grant for learning programs

2017-04-17T17:55:16+00:00
photo courtesy of Charleston Ballet

photo courtesy of Charleston Ballet

The Greater Kanawha Valley Board of Trustees has approved at its June 15, 2016 meeting the distribution of 19 Second Quarter grants totaling $425,616.  One of the recipients was Charleston Ballet.

Funding will support the Charleston Ballet 2016-17 Season. Assistance will include guest artist expenses including the October program, December’s NUTCRACKER with the WV Symphony, and a full-length February performance with Columbia Classical Ballet. All performances exhibit educational and cultural diversity components and include BALLET FOR ALL and 21st Century Learning Programs.

“My daughter’s posture, stance, and walk have changed. She is also learning discipline and structure. She has learned how to be part of a team.

For more information please visit www.thecharlestonballet.com

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2 09, 2016

Charleston Gazette-Mail: Include youth in workforce development

2017-04-17T17:55:15+00:00

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Photo courtesy of Lincoln County High School

By N. Truhe, J. Giovannitte/Daily Mail

The most promising cornerstone for a national workforce agenda is one that offers prosperity for 5.5 million Americans aged 16-24 who are currently out of school and out of work.

These youth are an increasingly vulnerable population commonly referred to as “opportunity youth.”

Opportunity youth face considerable challenges to their educational and economic mobility. Many of them are counted among the estimated 1 million students who drop out of high school each year.

Nearly a quarter have exited college without a degree and the credentials they need due to financial constraints.

Workforce development programs are often geared toward adult workers. But thinking about workforce development efforts as individual investments in human capital suggests that targeting younger people may yield high returns.

Read more at Charleston Gazette-Mail

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