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Nonprofit Leadership Workshop – November 15

It is more important than ever that nonprofit organizations are able to translate their worthy missions into lasting positive impacts for the people and communities they serve, and arguably it has never been more difficult to do so.  To help nonprofits address these challenges, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) is bringing national consultant David Grant to the area to provide training for nonprofit staff and board members on Wednesday, November 15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Parkersburg Country Club. The program is co-sponsored by the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) and Nonprofits Lead, a nonprofit capacity building program based at Marietta College.

This interactive workshop, Leadership for Nonprofit Success, will explore how effective nonprofit leaders think about organizational development; measuring success in areas that resist quantification; forming strategic partnerships, building effective boards; overcoming resistance to change; and creating cultures of reflection and learning.

“I heard David Grant speak at the West Virginia Nonprofit Association conference last year and, ever since then, I have been wanting to bring him here to share his expertise,” said Marian Clowes, PACF’s Senior Program Officer. “David’s perspective on the sector, which he re-frames as the “social profit sector,” and his methods for assessing success are impactful. I encourage nonprofit organizations from through the region to attend and to bring a team of staff and board members to get the most out of the workshop.”

David Grant served as President and CEO of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in Morristown, New Jersey from 1998 to 2010.  Now based in Vermont, he consults with people and organizations around the world that have a social or educational mission. He is a member of the Leap Ambassadors Community, a group of over 150 people nation-wide who support nonprofit leaders in creating high-performance organizations.  His book The Social Profit Handbook: The Essential Guide to Setting Goals, Assessing Outcomes, and Achieving Success for Mission-Driven Organizations was published in March 2015.

Cost to attend is $20 per person ($15 for WVNPA Members), or $50 for teams of three or more. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/y9b9as93. Online registrations must be made by credit card. For those unable to pay by credit card, contact Marian Clowes at the PACF to register, 304-428-4438 or info@pacfwv.com. The first fifty to register for the workshop will receive a free copy of The Social Profit Handbook.

  • Joining the Hometown Team

    Maybe you’ve never thought of our region’s nonprofits as our “hometown team?” Nearly 1,300 people stepped up for the team recently with their gifts to 43 different causes through the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF)’s Give Local MOV 2017 online fundraiser. 

    Many of us regularly support our State’s colleges and universities, having attended them for a relatively brief time. What keeps us linked long past graduation is often our ongoing allegiance to their teams. As we cheer the team on, we reinforce that connection. Our communities could be incredibly strengthened if we adopted the same connective mindset toward our own hometowns—if we thought of these places where we’ve lived for twenty or thirty or more years, as being similarly worthy of cheering on with our support. 

    Consider our local nonprofits as making up our “team.” They’re the groups that connect with people to give hope, food or shelter to folks in need; create safe and caring places for children; build homes for families and improve lives for vulnerable individuals; ensure stray animals receive humane care; provide great community facilities; and bring arts, culture and meaning into our lives. Their team uniform is service to others. Our communities are better—more economically, culturally and socially vibrant places—because they exist.

    And, as we build our hometown team, let’s remember to add our local businesses, many which are already cutting their margins pretty tightly to stay in business in our small communities that don't offer the sales volume or capacity of big cities on which to base prices. When we buy outside of our area and drop these vendors from our team, we undercut the local market, making it even more difficult to remain in business here. Does anyone really think Amazon’s going to step in to replace local businesses in supporting our youth recreation and school teams, local food pantries, or arts groups and other good things that make this a great region in which to live and raise families? Or that some Columbus dealer will sponsor our local fundraisers? It’s not likely.

    When we remove our sales dollars from local merchants whether buying online or out of area, we are also sending the profits elsewhere. While we may save something, we short-change our own community in the long run. Any extra amount we may pay should be considered a small price to help our hometown team. When we buy local, businesses can give local—it’s that simple.

    Give Local MOV 2017 gave us a great start to building an even stronger hometown team. Going forward, let’s each buy a season ticket and cheer the team on. We’re going to spend a lifetime here so it’s time to join and support the team that’s working to make our region a place where our citizens will have greater opportunities to thrive.

     

    -Judy Sjostedt 

    Executive Director

    Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates

  • Investing in Our Next Generation

    The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) celebrated the successful completion of its sixth year of its Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  A celebratory gathering was held at the Foundation’s office – Vasan Center for Philanthropy – with members of the community, PACF Board of Directors, Civic Leader Hosts, Civic Leaders, and program funders in attendance.

    This summer, twenty-five students were placed with host employers throughout the PACF service region to gain meaningful work experience in their respective fields.  During the seven week Program, first-year Civic Leaders spent their Mondays engaging with one another, learning about the community’s needs and issues, and exploring personal and professional development opportunities.  Second-year Civic Leaders used their Mondays to further their leadership studies, visiting area nonprofit organizations and assessing community needs, and learning about community grantmaking.  Third year students participated in shadowing activities and developed networking skills in preparation for work following graduation.

    Katie Hoover, a recent West Liberty University graduate from Mineral Wells, received her bachelor's degree in human biology and plans to attend optometry school.

    “I participated in this Program to gain experience in my field of interest and to learn more about what my community has to offer,” said Hoover.  “This Program introduced me to the different opportunities this area can offer for a young person, the nonprofits that serve our community, and how civic engagement can lead to a better community.  I also learned more about the optometry field and how an optometry office operates with my placement at Vision Care Associates.” 

    During the reception, a few participants in the Program spoke regarding their experiences.  First-year Civic Leader, Emily Athey, shared about her experiences with Mountain River Physical Therapy.  Jacob Daley discussed his second year with Program and his placement with Wood County Schools.  Tiffany Harvey, who was placed with the Wood County Extension Office, spoke on behalf of the third year class. 

    The seven second year Civic Leaders visited many different area nonprofit organizations over the course of the summer evaluating where to award $5,000 in grant funds.  After much deliberation, the second year Civic Leaders announced that they are awarding a $5,000 grant to Calhoun County Family Resource Network to purchase outdoor playground equipment, picnic tables, toys, a greenhouse, and other supplies for their new Family Education Center.  The new center will offer child care for children ages 0-5, before and after school care, and family programming.

    “The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program is the Foundation’s deliberate effort to address our community’s out-migration of educated young people,” said Judy Sjostedt, the PACF’s Executive Director.  “This is a highly collaborative effort involving many different funders, private individuals, and business leaders who recognize the importance of investing in our region’s next generation.  We have had some great success stories from this Program over the past six years and I know this year’s graduates will go on to do great things in our area”.

    Students completed the summer inspired to contribute to their communities and more knowledgeable about their fields of interest.  Those wishing to learn more about this Program are to call the Foundation at 304.428.4438 or email info@pacfwv.com.


  • RCCF Honors Cynthia Torbeck Haught

    Left to Right – Cynthia Torbeck Haught, Alan Haught, Marie CaltriderThe Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF), an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), recently honored retiring board member Cynthia Torbeck Haught for her three years of service on the RCCF advisory board. The PACF’s Board Chairman, Marie Caltrider, presented Torbeck Haught with a resolution thanking her for her commitment to RCCF and her service to the community, and RCCF Advisory Board Chairman Alan Haught presented her with a clock in gratitude for her dedication and support.

    Left to Right – Cynthia Torbeck Haught, Alan Haught, Marie Caltrider


     About Ritchie County Community Foundation:

    The Ritchie County Community Foundation (RCCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Ritchie County, West Virginia. RCCF is an affiliate collection of funds of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) which are permanently dedicated for the benefit of Ritchie County.  PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 340 charitable funds with nearly $34 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 2000, RCCF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways. For more information about PACF and its affiliate, RCCF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.

  • EQT Donation Supports Doddridge County

    Ellen Rossi, with EQT, presents the EQT donation to DCCF Advisory Board members. Pictured, from left to right, Matt Alexander, Marian Clowes (PACF), Zona Huston, Ellen Rossi (EQT), Tom Whaling, Brad Wilt, and Rick Oyler.Doddridge County, WV –  EQT Corporation is providing support for charitable projects in Doddridge County through a  contribution to the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), an affiliate of Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). Funds will be used to help build the Doddridge County Community Support Fund, providing an ongoing source of support for charitable needs in the county, and to make grants in fall 2016 in response to the current needs of Doddridge County and its residents.

    “EQT plays an important role in developing the region’s abundant source of natural gas – and Doddridge County is an essential part of that,” said Linda Robertson, EQT Spokeswoman. “But for us, it’s not about ‘just doing business.’ Many of our employees live here or grew up here. And we all have great respect for our neighbors here. Supporting the Community Foundation is just one way we’re making a positive investment in the wellbeing of Doddridge County.”

    “These funds will make a difference in Doddridge County both in the present, through grants made to support important projects that meet the immediate needs of residents, and in the future, by building a permanent fund that will perpetually support Doddridge County. We are grateful to EQT for this gift, which we know will make a difference here in our county,” said Tom Whaling, DCCF Advisory Board Chairman.

    Organizations interested in applying for grant support through DCCF can complete the Foundation’s online Community Action Grants Program application, available beginning July 15 through PACF’s web site, www.pacfwv.com. The grant application deadline is September 15. For questions about grants, contact Marian Clowes at 304-428-4438 or marian.clowes@pacfwv.com

     

    Photo Caption: Ellen Rossi, with EQT, presents the EQT donation to DCCF Advisory Board members. Pictured, from left to right, Matt Alexander, Marian Clowes (PACF), Zona Huston, Ellen Rossi (EQT), Tom Whaling, Brad Wilt, and Rick Oyler.

     

    About EQT Corporation:  EQT Corporation is an integrated energy company with emphasis on Appalachian area natural gas production, gathering, and transmission. With more than 125 years of experience, EQT continues to be a leader in the use of advanced horizontal drilling technology – designed to minimize the potential impact of drilling-related activities and reduce the overall environmental footprint. Through safe and responsible operations, the Company is committed to meeting the country’s growing demand for clean-burning energy, while continuing to provide a rewarding workplace and enrich the communities where its employees live and work.

    About Doddridge County Community Foundation:  The Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Doddridge County, West Virginia. DCCF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), which is a single 501(c)(3) public charity. PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area. Since 1999, DCCF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways. For more information about PACF and its affiliate, DCCF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.

  • $4,000 Grant Helps Doddridge CEOS Develop Heritage Quilt Trail

    $4,000 Grant Helps Doddridge CEOS Develop Heritage Quilt Trail

    West Union, WV - The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates (PACF) has awarded a $4,000 grant to Doddridge County Community Educational Outreach Services (CEOS) for the development of a heritage art quilt trail in Doddridge County. The PACF’s Senior Program Officer, Marian Clowes, recently spoke to the CEOS about the grant and the philanthropic work that the community foundation undertakes in Doddridge County though the Doddridge County Community Foundation.

    The grant will enable the CEOS to design and implement a quilt trail consisting of 10 hand-painted quilt blocks on 8’ by 8’ sign boards to be installed on or near historically significant buildings or sites in Doddridge County. The first block has been installed at the Doddridge County Park. The heritage art quilt trail will encourage tourism to the area and help preserve the county’s Appalachian heritage.

    The West Virginia Community Educational Outreach Service (WVCEOS) has a strong tradition of education, service, and community development, dating back to 1914 when the first club was established. Doddridge County initiated their first club in 1925. The primary purpose of the CEOS is education. The vision of CEOS is to be leaders in strengthening individuals, families, and communities to become productive contributors to meet the needs of a changing and diverse society. Doddridge County has seven community clubs dispersed throughout the county, with an open membership of 138 individuals. Current programs include community service, family, health, leadership, personal development, heritage, environmental, and literacy programs.





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