17 06, 2016

2016 First Quarter Grant Distribution List


Foundation Announces First Quarter Grants

Charleston, WV- “Maxine was our very first client,” recalls Jennifer Waggener, Executive Director of Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc. “At age 90, she is a former Rosie the Riveter who lives alone and is fiercely independent. Two years ago, she voluntarily relinquished her driver’s license, recognizing that it was no longer safe for her to be behind the wheel. Since then, she has been paying a taxi company $40 per roundtrip to her quarterly doctor’s appointment, to the grocery store and to run other errands.”

This is where Faith in Action’s work can aid and assist the elderly population of Kanawha County to age in place with grace and dignity. “As you might imagine, this can be devastating to a fixed income budget. We have been able to meet her transportation needs at no cost to her.”

Maxine’s story is only one of the nine grants that The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved at its March 16, 2016 meeting. There are 71 collaborative partners involved in these nine projects and their collaborative efforts are key to achieving TGKVF’s strategic goals. These nine grants total $315,700.

  • Education Alliance- $38,200 (Education)

    The Born Learning Academy program connects schools with families of young children during the critical period of early learning (birth to Pre-K) prior to school enrollment. Families participate in academy trainings where they learn how to create teachable moments for their children. Through this grant, the Foundation will partner with Toyota Manufacturing to expand the program to six additional schools. TGKVF funding will support three grants to applicant schools within the Foundation’s footprint; priority will be given to Title I schools serving marginalized populations.

  • WVU Extension- $78,000 (Education)

    The STEM Ambassador Program provides STEM learning opportunities for K-12 youth. The STEM Ambassadors implement summertime STEM workshops during 4-H camps, community events, and public programming for more than 4,000 participants. In its second year, this project will expand the Ambassadors’ impact by incorporating year-round STEM programming through the help of AmeriCorps VISTAs dedicated to strengthening the STEM infrastructure in all six counties that TGKVF serves. Funding will support STEM equipment, supplies, scholarships, and Ambassador stipends.

  • Community Access, Inc. $15,000 (Health)

    Warrior Wellness is a cross-system project designed to assist military service members (both active duty and veterans) to enhance their own practices for wellness. Through a partnership with Red Barn Stables, WV National Guard, and Kanawha County Parks and Recreation, this project combines equine assisted learning activities with guided hiking/trail activities. Funding will support healthy lifestyles and community-based support for military service members.

  • Kanawha County Board of Education $74,000 (Health)

    The Community Schools Health Care Coordinator (CSHC) will serve as a liaison between West Side schools, Kanawha County Schools Dental Clinic, Familycare Health Center, the Handle with Care program and other resources as needed. This funding will allow the CSHC, a nurse located at Mary C. Snow Elementary, to serve the West Side’s youth on a full time basis. The grant will also assist the dental clinic with providing oral care to uninsured children.

  • Putnam County Parks and Recreation Commission $20,000 (Health)

    Putnam County Parks and Recreation, Rivers to Ridges, and other collaborating partners are working together to improve and develop recreation sites in three communities in northern Putnam County. Funding will support infrastructure improvement at all three sites as well as development of a master plan for a community garden area at Valley Park in Hurricane.

  • Kanawha Valley Friends of Old Time Music and Dance (FOOTMAD) $13,000 (Arts & Culture)

    FOOTMAD is collaborating with the Charleston CVB and FestivALL to launch an initiative with local artists to provide high quality, culturally authentic entertainment experiences for tourism enhancement and increased business entertainment options. A business plan, marketing strategy, and materials will be created through this pilot project. Funding will support a portion of the project manager’s salary.

  • Faith in Action of the Greater Kanawha Valley, Inc. $37,500 (Field of Interest)

    Faith in Action’s “Helping Hand Project” is a strategic initiative designed to assist the elder population of Kanawha County to age in place with grace and dignity. This grant will support the recruitment, education, and training of the general public and collaborative partners to provide services to the over 65 population.

  • FestivALL, Charleston, West Virginia, Inc. $25,000 (Arts & Culture)

    FestivALL (June 16-27, 2016) will feature approximately 150 music, visual art, dance, theatre, humanities and family entertainment events with over 400 performances by local, national, and international artists. Events, performances, and exhibitors are produced, co-produced and presented by FestivALL in cooperation with partner organizations and individuals. This funding will support 10 specific events.

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra $15,000 (Arts & Culture)

    On the first Sunday in June, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra (WVSO) will serve an anticipated 10,000 people in Kanawha County and beyond with a day of performances by the WVSO as well as other community music and dance organizations. “Symphony Sunday” is offered free to the community on the University of Charleston campus. Funding will support orchestra personnel, staff, and event expenses.

Total funding for the 1st Quarter of 2016 is:


2016 First Quarter Grant Distribution List2017-04-17T17:55:17-04:00
7 07, 2016

2016 Hud Award for Public Philanthropic Partnerships



The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) was selected as one of ten national winners of the 2016 Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships for its “Investing in Our Communities-
West Side of Charleston” initiative.

TGKVF President and CEO Dr. Michelle Foster accepted the award on April 10, 2016 at the Council on Foundations’ annual conference in Washington, D. C. Following a competitive nomination process, Nani Coloretti, Deputy Secretary of HUD and Vikki Spruill, President and CEO of the Council on Foundations presented the awards to ten foundations for their outstanding partnerships with the public sector.

In December 2014, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation developed its “Investing in Our Communities-West Side of Charleston” initiative, which strategically concentrates assets within a nine-block area around Mary C. Snow Elementary. TGKVF believes that systemic changes are achieved at a deeper and more sustainable level through targeted resource allocation. The Foundation has committed $600,000 to this initiative over a three-year period with the overall goal of improving housing, civic engagement, and health conditions.

To date, this initiative has funded three intersecting projects:

  1. Project West Invest
  2. Second Avenue Community Center Restoration
  3. Handle with Care Anti-Bullying and Mentorship Program

Public partners include The City of Charleston, the Charleston Police Department, the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority, Kanawha County Schools, the West Virginia Bar Association, the West Virginia State Police, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of West Virginia.

2016 Hud Award for Public Philanthropic Partnerships2017-04-17T17:55:17-04:00
19 02, 2019

2018 Anonymous Funds Distributions


Due to the incredible generosity of an anonymous donor, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) has for the second year awarded $1 million within 12 months to organizations serving marginalized populations with dental health and emergency aid needs. With this support, more than 27,000 people are being served with food, dental services, addiction recovery, utility and housing assistance, and so much more. With deep gratitude to TGKVF’s anonymous donor, 73,232 items are being provided, 29,828 things are being built or improved, and 18,228 people are learning from presentations and direct client case management. According to Michelle Foster, President and CEO, “TGKVF appreciates the opportunity to partner with this special donor to make life better for so many in our community.” Read further for more detail about each of the awards that were granted in 2018.

Dental Health Grants

Kanawha County Dental Health Council, Inc.-Kanawha County Dental Health project: $50,000

This funding supports the dental health of low-income children by addressing pain and oral infection via regular dental visits. In many cases, school hygienists screen and assess the dental needs of students and find that children are experiencing painful unaddressed issues. Quite often, students’ families have limited transportation options or financial means to provide for their oral health. Through this grant, low-income children receive increased access to dental services.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-Dental Care for Impoverished Adults: $175,000

West Virginia Health Right is a free and charitable clinic serving more than 27,000 West Virginians annually with medical, behavioral, and dental needs. The funding received through this grant offsets the cost of personnel salaries for a mobile dental unit and provides consumable supplies for the onsite clinic in Charleston as well as for the mobile dental unit. Residents from Boone and Clay counties who face economic or geographic barriers that prevent them from accessing the onsite clinic will be served through the mobile dental unit.

Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education & Research Institute, Inc.-Dental Assistance for CAMC Cancer Patients: $50,000

This funding provides direct dental care to low-income, uninsured adult cancer patients in need of dental clearance to complete cancer treatment. This care will encourage patients to continue to practice good oral health while providing them with the resources to do so. This dental clearance will improve treatment and overall oral health.

Family Care-Oral Health Services for Women in Recovery Year 2: $80,000

Now in its second year of support, this project allows Family Care to continue dental programming at Recovery Point of Charleston, a 92-bed facility providing women with long-term, residential recovery services. With this funding, Family Care provides preventive and restorative oral health services to women in recovery from opioid addiction.

West Virginia Oral Health Coalition-Smiles Across West Virginia Sealant Program: $10,000

Project funding focuses on improving children’s oral health via a dental sealant program. When this dental sealant is painted on the chewing surface of back molars, it can prevent cavities for many years. Funding supports school-based dental programs, private dentists, and programs working in collaboration to provide dental sealants to disadvantaged children in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties.

Cabin Creek Health Systems-Cabin Creek Smiles: $30,000

Funding for this project helps provide direct care for low-income, uninsured children who are not eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With this grant, Cabin Creek Health Systems works to connect children with a dental home in addition to assisting adult low-income patients with oral health services such as cleanings, fillings, crowns, partials, and dentures.

West Virginia University Foundation-WVU School of Dentistry Rural Outreach for Lincoln County: $55,000

Funding supports the WVU dental school’s work with dentists serving Lincoln County residents to facilitate the provision of oral health care for those without dental insurance or means of payment. This work will also occur in select offices in Chapmanville and Charleston.

New River Health Dental-New River Heath Association’s Fayette County Oral Health Project: $50,000

This grant supports the improvement of oral health for an underserved population in Fayette County, providing adult preventive care, root canals, and fillings. This program will also expand services to reach underserved school-age children who do not have access to dental services due to transportation issues.

Emergency Aid Grants

Women’s Health Center of West Virginia, Inc.-Patient Electronic Record System Server Replacement Project: $16,268

With this grant, the Women’s Health Center replaced an electronic medical record (EMR) system server that holds critical medical data and home visitation records of low-income clients. This system also powers practice management, patient medical records, appointment scheduling, and billing functions. Without its replacement, the old system may have failed at any moment and severely hampered services to marginalized women.

Religious Coalition for Community Renewal, Inc.-Samaritan Inn: $14,221

This funding supported bathroom repairs at Samaritan Inn, a transitional home for homeless men and those who are in recovery from addiction. Without the bathroom’s repairs, water would have continued to leak onto lower levels, presenting a safety hazard for residents and staff.

Clay County Commission-Clay County Nutrition for the Elderly: $16,570

During severe flooding in June 2016, the foundation of a building used to prepare, serve, and deliver meals to elderly residents was damaged. This building, owned by the Clay County Commission and rented to the elderly assistance agency for $1 annually, is the only place that provides nutrition services to seniors within the county. The funding assisted with the building’s repairs so that meal services can continue.

Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services (TMCLCS)-Handicap Ramp Construction at the TMCLCS Food Pantry: $2,800

Project funding supported the construction of a handicap ramp at the Cross Lanes food pantry, which serves financially disadvantaged individuals, families, and seniors. With this increased access to the pantry, those who require services can safely transport pantry orders.

Gabriel Project of West Virginia-Metro Valley Chapter Office Computer: $1,200

The Gabriel Project of West Virginia provides immediate and practical assistance to low-income pregnant women and to families with infants and children two years of age and under. With this grant, the organization was able to purchase a laptop and docking station to document client services. Prior to receiving funding, staff members used personal computers for this task.

Putnam Career and Technical Center-Adult Student Emergency Aid Fund: $5,000

With this grant, skilled and academically talented students who are at risk of not finishing their education due to unmet living expense needs are supported with emergency aid funding. Funding for transportation is often awarded while housing, utilities, and food costs are also considered.

YWCA Sojourner’s-Shelter for Homeless Women & Families Assistance: $30,000

The YWCA Sojourner’s Shelter provides a safe place for women and families experiencing homelessness and for those transitioning out of the shelter who need assistance with household necessities. Funding from this award supports individuals and families who need help with rental deposits and rent, utilities and deposits, and other vital necessities such as bedding, bed frames, mattresses, towels, washcloths, kitchen supplies, and other household items. Funding will also be used for replacement stair treads throughout the facility and other essential equipment and technology.

Metro Emergency Operations Center of Kanawha County Metro 911-Metro 911 Acquisition of KENWOOD NX-5300 handheld radios: $10,000

The KENWOOD NX-5300 handheld radios will serve as instantaneous backup to the dispatch radio consoles that are the lifeline of communication for police, firefighters, and medics in the field. In the event of technological failures or other events, these handheld radios turn on within seconds and allow dispatchers and supervisors to monitor several radio frequencies simultaneously.

West Virginia Child Advocacy Network-Child Advocacy Center Emergency Aid: $15,000

The West Virginia Child Advocacy Network provides guidance, protection, and help to children and families affected by abuse. Funding will provide low-income families with direct assistance related to their emergency needs, including paying rent and filling prescriptions. Often, the primary financial supporter of a family is the perpetrator, which results in an immediate loss of income, insurance, transportation, and perhaps even the family home. In addition, these emergency funds will allow the child advocacy centers to make building or essential equipment repairs if unexpected failures occur within the center.

Children’s Home Society of WV-Permanency Program for Boone and Lincoln Counties: $80,000

With this funding, the Children’s Home Society, a child welfare organization serving West Virginia, is working to increase the number of licensed Foster Care and Certified Kinship Care homes by 32 homes. In Boone County, 144 children (1 in 36) are in state custody with only 61 foster homes available. In Lincoln County, 129 children (1 in 37) are in state custody with only 112 foster homes are available. These rural counties have fewer community resources, including fewer established foster families. With this grant’s support, Children’s Home Society will offer additional foster family trainings.

Camp Appalachia-Camp Appalachia Cabin Renovation: $31,638

Funding will support a camp experience at little or no cost for children ages 7 to 17 who may be at high risk for destructive life choices. These campers include those who have been affected by the opioid epidemic, those in the foster care system, and those who have one or more parents incarcerated. Currently a summer day camp, funding will help with cabin upgrades and repairs to allow the camp to operate year round.

Mission West Virginia-Carry On Project: $10,000

In collaboration with its Frameworks program, which finds families for children in the foster care system, this grant will enable Mission West Virginia to assist caregivers in covering the costs of basic necessities for the youth in their care. There is often not financial assistance to provide care for additional children for a caregiver who may already be on a fixed income. This emergency assistance for youth care will help to alleviate strain on the household budget so that funds can be directed for food, housing, and utility costs.

Community Care of West Virginia-Improving Outcomes in Clay County via Fitness and Social Determinants of Health Interventions: $30,000

With this grant, Community Care of West Virginia, a federally qualified health clinic, will replace equipment at its free fitness center adjacent to the Clay primary office. The clinic saw improvements in patients’ BMI, fasting blood glucose, blood pressure, and depression while using the fitness center, and now sees direct consequences due to the lack of access to the equipment. The funding also allows for social determinants interventions, which provide direct assistance to low-income families with emergency utility and prescription needs.

Cross Lanes United Methodist Church-Showers and Laundry Room for Emergency Shelter and Work Teams: $20,000

Funding for this project supports the construction of six showers and a laundry room at the Cross Lanes United Methodist Church, which also houses a basic needs assistance program. Having these facilities will allow the church to function as an emergency shelter, host disaster recovery teams, and serve as a relief station for flood, fire, and other natural disaster survivors.

Risen Lord Catholic Church-Risen Lord Food Pantry and Social Concern Project: $10,000

Funding supports the Risen Lord Catholic Church’s Food Pantry and Backpack Program in Clay County. The program serves 120 elementary school students weekly with backpacks containing food items and snacks. For low-income families, the weekends can pose food insecurity concerns since children are not receiving breakfast and lunch at their schools. Requests for food have increased and the Food Pantry is now serving 150 families each month. This grant provides for additional food and emergency supplies.

Pro Kids, Inc.-Charleston Afterschool Learning and Adventures: $35,000

With this grant, Pro Kids, an afterschool program serving at-risk youth, will launch additional afterschool program sites throughout urban neighborhoods in Charleston. This collaborative effort between Kanawha County Schools and three established afterschool programs will prevent a disruption of services caused by the recent closure of an area afterschool program. Funding will support the placement of up to 90 children at additional after school sites. Without this support, these children would not have a safe place to go after school.

Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA)-KISRA Emergency Aid Project: $43,000

Funding will support the continuation of the Emergency Services Program that supports low-income and working poor individuals and families in Kanawha County. The Program will include utility assistance for those with a current disconnect or shut-off notice, rental assistance for those with eviction notices from a landlord, food assistance provided by gift cards to local budget stores, and medication assistance to include maintenance medication for chronic diseases.

United Way of Central West Virginia-WV211: $41,000

The United Way 211 system provides free and confidential information and referral for people throughout West Virginia struggling with health and human services related emergencies. The system operates 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Funding will support the promotion of the value of the service among those in crisis. Now housed and managed under United Way of West Virginia collaborative, this funding will strengthen this vital information and referral system.

West Virginia Health Right, Inc.-HOPE (Healing Opportunities for Parents Everywhere): $38,000

West Virginia Health Right is the state’s largest free and charitable clinic. This funding supports the clinic in providing behavioral health and addiction services to those in recovery and active addiction. Services include medically assisted treatment, individualized recovery coaching, referral to inpatient treatment, access to birth control, health education, and medical/dental/pharmaceutical care for 75 low-income uninsured or underinsured women and men who identify as drug addicted, are of child bearing age, or have recently had a child. All of these services will be provided at no charge to the patient.

Manna Meal-So the Hungry Can Eat: $49,303

Manna Meal is Charleston’s largest soup kitchen and serves meals 365 days a year, no questions asked. This funding provides direct access to emergency food and two prepared meals per day for low-income families, senior citizens, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities primarily in Kanawha County. Funding will also replace essential equipment such as kitchen appliances.

West Virginia State University Research & Development Corporation-Freedom to Recover: $1,000

West Virginia State University is collaborating with multiple agencies to address the region’s opioid addiction crisis. Funding will provide health services to Kanawha County residents who are in recovery from substance use/abuse. The twelve-month project will address inadequate dental care, housing, nutrition education, workforce development, parenting, and other issues the target population faces.

2018 Anonymous Funds Distributions2019-02-19T20:52:00-05:00
19 02, 2019

4th Quarter 2018 Grant Distributions


Foundation announces 2018 Fourth Quarter Discretionary Grants

Charleston, WV-The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) Board of Trustees approved the distribution of 26 grants totaling $887,047.

One of these grants included support to KEYS 4 Healthy Kids to provide garden-based learning and fresh food access to child care centers.  While visiting one of this summer’s pop-up farmers’ markets, held as part of the Farm 2 Child Care project, a child wanted additional food and asked about how to grow his food at home. The KEYS 4 Healthy Kids staff learned this child and his four brothers were experiencing food insecurity. As a result of working together, a farmer, KEYS staff, and WVU Extension developed a plan to assist this family. The farmer donated extra food for the brothers to take home for the weekend, and WVU Extension began discussions with the childcare center to offer low-cost cooking classes for families.

TGKVF awarded one field-of-interest and four responsive grants totaling $92,600 to Basic Needs and Arts & Culture programs; fifteen grants totaling $642,847 in the Foundation’s proactive priority areas of Education, Health, and Community Economic Development (CED); four West Side of Charleston Initiative grants totaling $123,600; and two special initiative grants for a total of $28,000.

Coda Mountain Academy of Music-Coda’s Organizational Growth and Program Support: $42,119 (Education)

This second-year project will continue Coda Mountain Academy’s innovative afterschool tutoring program, Coda Excel, which reinforces foundational concepts of the core curriculum through arts integration. This year’s focus on capacity building and development will increase program support and prepare for significant growth, expected as a result of upcoming school consolidations. Coda is also building a stronger partnership with the health department in drug prevention strategies. Coda programs primarily serve Fayette County.

TEAM for West Virginia Children, Inc.-Fostering Futures for Youth to Thrive: $10,500 (Education)

In its second year of TGKVF support, this Western Regional CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) project will continue to provide mentoring and educational components for older adolescents in Kanawha, Lincoln, Putnam, and Boone counties. The program serves youth ages 14 to 23. Advocates work to improve post-secondary education readiness by connecting each participant with at least one caring, committed adult.  The adults assist the youth in planning for their future. Funds will be used to support advocacy and mentoring efforts.

National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education-College and Career Readiness Through Entrepreneurship and STREAM: $35,000 (Education)

In its second year with TGKVF, this project will provide educators from Boone, Fayette, and Lincoln counties with resources and support, to increase their students’ college/career readiness. The project incorporates face-to-face teacher training, virtual sustained professional development, and implementation of STREAM-focused entrepreneurial activities. Funding will support teacher stipends, teacher and school mini-grants, and Entrepreneurial School certification.

West Virginia Home Visitation Program-Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program: $75,000 (Education)

The Parents as Teachers Home Visiting Program is an evidenced-based, school readiness intervention that has received its first grant award from TGKVF. These grant funds will support five new home visitors who will receive referrals from community partners. The program will annually support 100 new families and improve school readiness outcomes for at least 300 children. Additionally, home visitors will give each child a book during each home visit to promote reading. This funding will impact families is all six TGKVF counties.

Step by Step, Inc.-AmeriCorps on The Frontline: $50,000 (Education)

This is a fourth-year grant awarded for AmeriCorps on the Frontline, a dropout prevention, mentor-based intervention that addresses student attendance, behavior, and course performance.  This program is available in Kanawha County through a partnership among Step by Step Inc., Bob Burdette Center, PRO-Kids Inc., Kanawha County Schools, and The Education Alliance.  Funding will support the AmeriCorps mentors and program supplies.

The Appalachian Reading Center, Inc.-Dyslexia Services Coalition for Marginalized Youth in Foster and Kinship Care: $57,953 (Education)

This project, in its fourth year of funding from TGKVF, will provide specialized, high-quality afterschool tutoring to dyslexic and reading deficient youth in foster and kinship care in highly distressed areas, with a special emphasis on Clay County. Additionally, funds will be used to offer partial scholarships to dyslexic students who would not otherwise be able to afford the Appalachian Reading Center in South Charleston. Funds will also be used to hire a part-time Accommodations Specialist who will assist the Director in delivering alternate spelling lists to school teachers throughout the area. These lists reinforce dyslexic students’ work, while they’re using the Wilson Reading System.

Charleston Area Medical Center Health Education & Research Institute, Inc./Keys 4 Healthy Kids-Growing Healthy Kids through Farm 2 Child Care: $32,130 (Health)

In its fourth year of funding, Keys 4 Healthy Kids will continue to offer Farm 2 Child Care opportunities for childcare centers in Kanawha, Putnam, and Fayette counties, enabling them to continue garden-based learning while adding pop-up farmer’s markets. This project will address childhood obesity, food insecurity, and economic development through local farmers in West Virginia. 

Fairness West Virginia Institute-WV Transgender Health Initiative: $25,125 (Health)

Fairness West Virginia (FWV) will address the significant health care disparities faced by transgender people, through a series of training sessions for health care professionals in the six-county region covered by TGKVF. FWV will then compile the providers who have undergone training into a transgender-inclusive health care guide.

Alum Creek Lions Club Sight Foundation-Alum Creek Lions Club Park Project: $35,853 (Health)

This project is a community effort to improve park elements and increase the number and quality of community events that are hosted. The park is a popular community hub and serves residents of Lincoln and Kanawha counties. This funding will support the installation of a new donated play structure; the resurfacing the basketball and tennis courts; the installation of signage to label and describe native plants; the installation of a maintenance shed; and the addition of natural learning elements.

American Heart Association-WV Stroke Systems of Care-Greater Kanawha Valley Region: $35,514 (Health)

In this newly funded initiative, the American Heart Association’s Stroke Systems of Care program will work with regional hospital and EMS partners in TGKVF’s six-county service area.  The partners will collect and evaluate treatment data using Get With The Guidelines-Stroke, provide training to improve outcomes, and coordinate efforts to build and enhance the system of care for strokes through regional task group collaborations. 

Mountaineer Food Bank, Inc.-Fresh Initiative Pop-Up Markets: $20,000 (Health)

Mountaineer Food Bank will partner with local producers and WVU extension agents to host pop-up markets. The markets will provide fresh produce to selected elementary schools in Boone, Clay, and Fayette counties. This first year of funding from TGKVF will help improve access to nutrient-dense foods that make up a healthy eating pattern, provide education, food samplings, and increase food insecurity awareness and empathy.

West Virginia Healthy Kids and Families Coalition, Inc.-Try This! Empowering Communities to take back their Health!: $54,100 (Health)

In its fourth year of TGKVF funding, Try This! will support 63 community-led projects in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam counties. The 2018 mini-grant cycle welcomed ten new projects in these six counties in TGKVF’s footprint.

Goodwill-Good Host: $45,000 (CED)

In its second year of TGKVF funding, the Good Host program will continue to provide comprehensive training for community members seeking employment in West Virginia’s growing hospitality industry. Students will develop a series of robust skills needed to succeed in the hospitality industry. The program is currently recruiting students for its third cohort.

BridgeValley Community Technical College-The GRID: $71,953 (CED)

The GRID, an acronym for Generate, Renew, Innovate, and Design, is a newly funded initiative that is led by BridgeValley. Located in Montgomery, the GRID offers academic programs utilizing face-to-face, hybrid, and online modalities that support small business development, technology, and creative expression. The GRID also provides space and access to machinery/technology for classes and workshops on a rental basis. Access to Wi-Fi, as well as dedicated office and retail space, are included in the rentals. The GRID is working to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that capitalizes on the region’s artisan heritage. TGKVF funding will support instruction, coordination, and supplies.

West Virginia Women Work!-Step UP Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship Program: $52,600 (CED)

This second year of TGKVF funding will be used to support the Step Up for Women Construction Pre-Apprenticeship, a tuition-free 12-week training program of West Virginia Women Work, Inc. The course prepares adult students for nontraditional careers in the construction industry while helping participants overcome barriers to employment.

womanSong-womanSong’s 21st Season 2018/2019: $4,000 (Arts & Culture)

womanSong’s 21st season will offer a diverse array of music with four main concerts in collaboration with local musicians. Performances will include a winter concert, spring concert, and two GoodNight New Year’s Eve concerts. womanSong will utilize this grant funding to purchase music, pay guest instrumentalists, and for scholarship funding.

City of Charleston-The stART Project: $12,500 (Arts & Culture)

The stART Project is an arts initiative for people experiencing homelessness or at high risk for homelessness in Charleston and surrounding areas. The initiative will provide an environment that encourages creativity and nurtures community positivity. Covenant House and the City of Charleston’s Office of Public Art will provide studio space for individuals to create art with assistance from artist facilitators. Long-term goals include workshops, exhibition, and retail opportunities, and public art projects. Funds will be used to hire artist facilitators for workshops, develop a public art project, and purchase art supplies for project activity.

American Red Cross-Disaster Relief: $35,000 (Basic Needs)

The American Red Cross responds to disasters big and small, from flooding to home fires. The Red Cross provides those affected by disasters with shelter, clothing, and food when they need them most. Planned activities include responding to emergencies quickly to aid in client recovery, as well as public outreach regarding available Red Cross services. Funding will be used to cover the financial assistance given directly to Disaster Service Program clients via assistance cards in TGKVF’s service area.

Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services-Basic Needs Program: $18,000 (Basic Needs)

Tyler Mountain/Cross Lanes Community Services (TMCLCS) is a social service agency formed in 1980 by the Cross Lanes Ministerial Association. TGKVF funding will assist low-income households in Cross Lanes and the surrounding area with basic needs through a food pantry, utility assistance, a weekend snack program for students, community garden maintenance, and holiday food baskets.

Housing Innovations Corporation-Meeting the Needs of Older Adults in Our Community: $23,100 (Field-of-Interest)

Funding from this grant will serve Housing Innovations Corporation’s senior communities in Kanawha County. These residents often do not have the financial means to meet their basic needs when other unexpected expenses arise. Without these funds, residents are vulnerable to homelessness and unable to remain independent and active in their communities. This grant will provide pantry items (food, cleaning supplies, and personal care) and assistance with acute emergency needs, such as transportation, utilities, and prescriptions. Additionally, grant funds will cover supplies for social/emotional wellness clubs, including games, quilting/sewing, or art.

Report for America- Report for America: $16,000 (Special Initiative)

The Gazette-Mail was one of the three original Report for America newsrooms based in Appalachia. In January 2018, Caity Coyne joined the newsroom, tasked explicitly with covering Southern West Virginia, including the areas directly south of Charleston into Boone and Lincoln counties and further south. The Gazette-Mail has many readers in this target area, but the paper has been unable to devote enough resources in recent years. Funding will help to support Coyne’s salary in 2019 as well as employ a second journalist to focus more on Lincoln and Boone counties.

Capital Area Development Corporation Foundation – Regional Opportunity Zone Marketing: $12,000 (Special Initiative)

Advantage Valley will work with its partners to develop a “pitch book” on potential Opportunity Zone projects within the Kanawha County region. Communities across the country are aggressively documenting real estate and business development opportunities within these newly designated zones and marketing them to newly created Opportunity Funds that are attracting investors interested in limiting their current tax liabilities and looking for returns on their investments. Funding will be used to develop a coordinated marketing plan in order to compete for investment funds adequately.

Partnership of African American Churches – West Side Ward 4 Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition: $35,000 (West Side Initiative)

This project will provide the funding to advance the work of the West Side Ward 4 Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. Specific activities will include the continuation of the monthly and bi-monthly Coalition and Youth Task Force meetings; educational substance abuse prevention presentations to middle school youth in health classes; and the implementation of Teen Summit, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) activities, and drug-free community activities for youth.

Zion Child Development Center, Inc. – Building Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports: $40,000 (West Side Initiative)

Zion and the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) seek to improve the Social-Emotional Health of the youth of Charleston’s West Side. Zion staff will gain valuable training and coaching experience while sharing their knowledge of the “Pyramid Model” with BGC. BGC will also host family fun nights and workshops. Additionally, Zion will expand their program with the addition of the Second Step curriculum and increase their trauma-informed practices. These interventions will improve vital skills in children, including problem-solving and emotion management. They will also encourage a climate of social-emotional safety and support. Grant funds will be used to purchase materials and fund training.

Keep Your Faith Corporation, Inc. – West Side Grown: $28,600 (West Side Initiative)

In its third year of funding, the West Side Grown project will focus on nurturing partnerships that extend the reach of student-focused learning opportunities such as school-based farmers’ markets, and nutritional and agricultural education at nearby schools and out of school time education settings. This project will also secure a permanent location for a farmers’ market on Charleston’s West Side.

4th Quarter 2018 Grant Distributions2019-02-19T20:53:07-05:00
9 02, 2016

African American Giving Circle to Host Exhibit


Charleston, WV- African American Philanthropy in Action (AAPA) will host “The Giving Project, Reframing Portraits of Philanthropy” at 5:30pm on February 18, 2016.  The event will be held at the Davis Fine Arts Building, West Virginia State University and is free to the public.

This community wide Black History Month event will focus on Black Philanthropy and keynote speaker Ms. Valaida Fullwood, of Charlotte, NC, author of  the book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.  The event will also include a panel discussion led by Ms. Fulllwood and include  Dr. Michelle Foster, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation (TGKVF) President & CEO; Mr Lewis Smoot, Sr Chairman & CEO Smoot Construction; and Mr. Charles Patton, American Electric Power (AEP) President & COO as panelist; Mr. Carl Chadband, COO KISRA; Mrs. Barbara M Washington Vice President of Philanthropic Solutions U.S. Trust

“Giving Back” was recognized as one the 10 Best Black Books of 2011, and was the winner of the prestigious Terry McAdam Book Award as the nation’s most inspirational and useful book for the nonprofit sector in 2012.

“So while our book serves as a moving tribute, the exhibit along with the programming and discussions it inspires are meant to compel us towards a triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change” says Ms. Valaida Fullwood and Charles W. Thomas, Jr., author and photographer of The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit.

An exhibit, The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, Pop-Up, Abridged Edition will be available for viewing before and after the presentation.  The exhibit will be on display in the Della Brown Taylor Art Gallery in Davis Hall during normal business hours the week of February 15, 2016.  For more information on the exhibit, visit  www.thesoulofphilanthropy.com.

“Our goal is to really reimage what philanthropy is ,”said Timothy Gibson, AAPA member and financial advisor with Merrill Lynch.  “Giving really is about time, talent, and treasure.  Some people can give best through volunteering their time—that is really what philanthropy is.”

African American Philanthropy in Action

For immediate release:  Tuesday February 9, 2016

Contact: Melvin Jones, President, AAPA; TGKVF Board Chairman


 Tim Gibson, AAPA  

  1. 347.2532
African American Giving Circle to Host Exhibit2017-04-17T17:55:34-04:00
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
29 05, 2019



Seeking Passionate and Inspiring People!
September 25 & 26, 2019
Charleston Convention Center

The West Virginia Nonprofit Association’s Nonprofit Leadership Summit, presented in partnership with Volunteer West Virginia and The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, will take place over two days and convene 250 nonprofit professionals from across the state. Think about the incredible variety of experiences, wisdom, and potential when nonprofit leaders, staff, and volunteers come together to learn, inspire, and be inspired. Nonprofits work on the frontlines of our society’s most important issues, and it is vital that they have a venue to advance their knowledge and skills and build connections that improve practice and drive change.

Twenty-four 90-Minute Learning Labs:
Attendees come to the Nonprofit Leadership Summit looking for new and innovative ideas and cutting- edge workshops that are experiential, action-oriented, and focused on facilitating connections among participants. Whether it’s training participants to think differently or sharing tools they can put into
practice, we are looking for individual or panel presentations that inspire, teach, and connect nonprofits and the communities they serve while addressing specific topics for all staff roles including BEGINNER through ADVANCED levels and SMALL, MEDIUM, AND LARGE ORGANIZATION SIZES. See the following page for specific topic suggestions.

Special consideration will be given to presenters with new and innovative topics, experience in working with nonprofit organizations, and presenters that meet our goal of increasing diversity among speakers.

Selected presenters should have:
▪ A proven track record of success in the proposed topic.
▪ An interactive presentation approach that embraces theories regarding adult learning and ensures the best learning opportunity for the audience (reliance on PowerPoint presentations is discouraged).
▪ An energetic presence and engaging teaching style that will support our goal of making the Summit successful, well-regarded, and highly evaluated by attendees.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically by following this link. Proposals will ask for the following:

▪ Presentation Title
▪ Brief description of presentation (100 words max)
▪ List of learning objectives
▪ 500-word detailed description of presentation including a list of specific outcomes and any actionable advice or tools and resources that learners will take back to their organizations to implement. Interactive or discussion-based peer-to-peer learning will be prioritized for selection.
▪ The intended audience (beginner, intermediate, advanced, or all levels; small medium, large or all size nonprofits)
▪ Duration: Sessions are 90 minutes. Please select multiple sessions if needed for quality of presentation.
▪ Your AV/technology needs.
▪ Your contact information (name, company, mailing address, email, phone) and bio. Note: Up to 3 people can propose to present as a panel. If you are proposing a panel, include contact information and bios for all presenters.

Enhancing networks and outcomes: partnerships and networks, funder and grantee relationships, case studies in collaboration, aligning organizations with community leaders, strategic partnerships and collective action, stakeholder engagement, and tips and tricks for networking.

Human Resources (Staff and Volunteer) and topics that enhance operations: human resources and talent management, organizational culture, program evaluation and continuous quality improvement, millennial workforce strategies, direct-care workforce strategies, recruitment and retention strategies in a tight labor market, volunteer management, managing a 24-7 workplace.

Fundraising and Fund Development strategies: grant writing, fundraising in the new tax environment, fundraising in an up (or down) economy, funder and grantee relationships, giving platforms and crowdfunding.

Financial leadership topics: communicating and reporting your finances, developing a legacy and planned giving program, building new revenue streams, and financial leadership.

Marketing and Communications: defining and reaching the right audience, developing creative web content, using social media for program and mission work, creating simple websites, engaging donors and volunteers in amplifying our message, transparency, ethical and accountable sales tactics, telling stories of impact, educating the public about your work.

Leadership and capacity: best practices for boards, program growth, organizational management, technology, foundations of leadership, being an innovative leader, time management, self-care, and conflict resolution.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Leading a diverse team, diversifying boards, achieving equitable outcomes, serving LGBTQIA youth and adults, addressing racial disparities, inclusion of people with disabilities, serving military families.

If you are hungry for an audience and have a great program idea to share, we want to hear from you!

Deadline has been extended to Friday, May 31, 2019.


Accepted Proposals:
Selected speakers will be notified no later than the first week of July. The promotion of professional products by workshop session presenters is prohibited.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS!2019-05-29T21:36:04-04:00
26 07, 2017

Community Economic Development Mini-Grants Awarded by TGKVF and BB&T


The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

For immediate release: Wednesday, July 26, 2017


Dr. Michelle Foster, President and CEO



Community Economic Development Mini-Grants Awarded by TGKVF and BB&T

Charleston, WV- The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation in conjunction with BB&T awarded four Community Economic Development (CED) Mini-Grants totaling $8.000.

Each of the $2,000 grants were awarded through a competitive process made available to attendees of the two-day Economic Development for Local Leaders trainingheld in May 2017. Through the training conducted by The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), non-profit leaders learned of key topics that comprise the system of economic development.  They also learned how to think strategically about their economy and future; the importance of entrepreneurship and small business; and why economic resilience matters.

CED is defined as the actions taken by an organization or group of organizations representing an urban neighborhood or rural community in order to improve the economic situation, enhance the community quality of life, and increase the residents’ discretionary income and wealth.

The projects include:

Charleston Area Alliance will be hosting a Business Appreciation Week that would implement a blitz of business retention and appreciation visits to approximately fifty businesses throughout the city of Charleston. Teams will be trained in how to conduct a business retention and appreciation visit and the businesses will be selected with a special effort to include businesses located in low-income neighborhoods.

The Fayette County Commission will assist with the implementation of a Mount Hope Historic Walking Tour. This tour will create economic opportunities for the area by celebrating the unique cultural heritage and history of the community. Also, supporting local artists and creating public art, highlighting the unique quality of the downtown historic district in order to attract private investment for historic preservation and mixed-use redevelopment, and increase visitation and capitalize on Mount Hope’s location as a gateway community to the New River Gorge National River.

The National Coal Heritage Area Authority will use funding for enhancements such as picnic tables, waste receptacles, benches, landscaping, and signage to a water access point in West Hamlin, Lincoln County to the Guyandotte Water Trail. These improvements will bring people and increased business to the area.

The Kanawha County Commission is constructing a handicap accessible fishing pier utilizing one of the community’s assets, the Elk River. This pier will be located behind the Old Clendenin Middle School, and will be used for fishing and other recreational opportunities, such as a possible location for square dances, pop up art bazaars, and wedding receptions.

Community Economic Development Mini-Grants Awarded by TGKVF and BB&T2018-05-23T13:27:11-04:00
26 07, 2016

Deadline Approaches for 10th Annual WV Spirit of Philanthropy Awards


WVPhilanthropyMORGANTOWN, WV – As defined by Webster’s Dictionary, “Philanthropy is a desire to help humankind, especially as shown by gifts to charitable or humanitarian institutions; benevolence”.

Currently, Philanthropy West Virginia is accepting applications through August 5, 2016 for The 2016 West Virginia Spirit of Philanthropy Awards program, West Virginia’s premier award for philanthropy.

“In West Virginia, philanthropy is not just about making a donation to a local charity, but giving that creates action that changes root causes of our society’s challenges.  In the midst of the tragic flooding, we have seen many  citizens giving, leading, and doing things to transform communities and rebuild.  We are fortunate to have people, organizations, foundations, and businesses that exemplify philanthropy and improving our society in the Mountain State”, says Paul D. Daugherty, president and CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia.

Daugherty adds, “Philanthropy WV welcomes the nominations of these exemplary individuals, organizations, businesses, foundation staffers, and impact programs/projects for the 2016 Spirit of Philanthropy Awards.”  The Deadline for Nominations is August 5, 2016.

The 2016 Spirit of Philanthropy Awards includes three main award types: the Critical Impact Award, the Volunteer Leadership Award, and the Staff Leadership Award.  The awards will be formally awarded on October 27, 2016, at the Philanthropy West Virginia Annual Conference in Huntington, WV.

Critical Impact Award
The Critical Impact Award celebrates local grantmaking and collaborative programs/projects that have changed lives and communities for the better.  Both larger and smaller grant projects will be considered for the award.  (Projects must demonstrate bold vision, strategic initiative, innovation and sustainability).

Volunteer Leadership Award
The Volunteer Leadership Award honors an individual who has exhibited an extraordinary commitment to philanthropy in the state of West Virginia.  The individual must excel in his or her role as an individual philanthropist through their personal giving, company/corporate philanthropy, engaging others to give, and/or advising/serving as a board member of a foundation/philanthropic organization.

Staff Leadership Award
The Staff Leadership Award honors an individual staff member of a family, private, community, public, corporate giving program or foundation that exhibits an extraordinary commitment to philanthropy in the state of West Virginia.

Nomination Process
To nominate deserving individuals, organizations, and/or programs for the 2016 Spirit of Philanthropy Awards, please visit www.philanthropywv.org deadline of August 5, 2016.  Philanthropy WV welcomes all nominations for businesses, foundations, organizations and individuals that are leaders of philanthropy in West Virginia that have positively impacted their communities.

Founded in 1993, Philanthropy West Virginia is the state leadership organization for organized philanthropy that serves the trustees/board members, CEOs, staff, and volunteers of community, private, family, and corporate foundations, giving programs, and individual philanthropists. Our mission is “Strengthening Philanthropy in the Mountain State”.  For more information, visit: www.philanthropywv.org.

Contact Information:
Paul D. Daugherty, President & CEO
paul@philanthropywv.org or 304.517.1450

Deadline Approaches for 10th Annual WV Spirit of Philanthropy Awards2017-04-17T17:55:16-04:00

Go to Top