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Teach and encourage philanthropy, promote community development, inspire leadership, and deliver meaningful long-term impact in Lewis County. Those are the goals of a group of area residents who have partnered together to create the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund.
The Lewis County Community Foundation Fund is a permanent endowment in which the principal remains intact and invested, forever, generating earnings to help support Lewis County needs. Annually, an advisory committee of Lewis County residents will award a portion of the Fund’s earnings as grants to local organizations and causes. The fund founders have established the Fund within the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), a nationally accredited, highly regarded, and widely supported public charity with more than 57 years of experience.
“Partnering with the PACF to manage this Fund just makes sense,” said Agnes Queen, a founder of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund. “The PACF stepped-up earlier in the year to secure $12,000 in COVID-19 relief funding for six area agencies. The PACF has had successful relationships with Doddridge and Ritchie counties, and those of the Little Kanawha Area (Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties) for more than twenty years now. The benefits of our partnership include significant cost advantages for administrative, management, and investment purposes. At the same time, it will allow our advisory committee to focus our own efforts on development and grantmaking specifically for Lewis County.”
The initial three founders and advisory committee members of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund include Agnes Queen, Ray Smith, and Rod Wyman. To encourage others to give to support the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund, donors who support the Fund between now and January 31, 2021 will be recognized as founders of the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund. Donations may also be made anonymously or in memory/honor of a special person.
“We’re excited to form this endowment for our county,” say Ray Smith. “This Fund enables individuals who want to make a difference in Lewis County the opportunity to make a gift that will make an impact now and forever. We’re planning for the future.”
Recently recognized as a Blueprint Community, Lewis County community leaders are working to make a lasting impact on the economic well-being and quality of life for fellow residents; the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund is one of their outcomes.
“We know there are both needs and opportunities in Lewis County,” said Rod Wyman. “This Fund will allow local citizens to collaborate and to direct resources that will address these issues. Our results can be significant when we work together and join our efforts for the greater good.”
Individuals who wish to make a tax-deductible donation to support the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund may send a check made payable to the Lewis County Community Foundation Fund or to the PACF with the Fund name on the memo line and mailed to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 or made online at www.pacfwv.com/donate. Individuals with questions may contact Julie Posey, PACF’s Development and Communications Officer, at 304-428-4438.
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation reminds taxpayers of a special new provision that will allow individuals to easily deduct up to $300 in donations to qualifying charities this year. Following Internal Revenue Service tax law changes, cash donations of up to $300 made before December 31, 2020 are now deductible when individuals file their taxes in 2021.
Our region’s charities are diligently working to help those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Julie Posey, Development and Communications Officer for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). "We want to remind the community that we’re still seeking support for our Hunger Fund and Safety Net Fund, which are our region’s two COVID-19 relief funds designed to provide meaningful support our area agencies and individuals.”
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, enacted last spring, includes several temporary tax changes helping charities, including the special $300 deduction designed especially for people who choose to take the standard deduction, rather than itemizing their deductions. Under this new change, individual taxpayers can claim an "above-the-line" deduction of up to $300 for cash donations made to charity during 2020. This deduction lowers both adjusted gross income and taxable income – translating into tax savings for those making donations to qualifying tax-exempt organizations.
Cash donations include those made by check, credit card, or debit card. They don't include securities, household items, or other property.
“100% of what is given to support the Foundation’s COVID-19 relief funds will be returned to our community,” said Posey. “Because of the work of the PACF and these two funds, we’re able to quickly and resourcefully allocate funding into our region.”
Individuals who wish to make a donation to the PACF and/or one of its COVID-19 relief funds that qualifies for this special tax deduction may send a check made payable to the “PACF” mailed to PACF, PO Box 1762, Parkersburg, WV 26102 (postmarked by 12/31/20) or make a gift online (made by 12/31/20). Individuals with questions may contact the PACF at 304-428-4438.
Attention college students seeking meaningful paid work experience and leadership opportunities! Applications are now available for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates' (PACF) Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. This employment program operates for seven weeks beginning on June 4, 2021 and ending on July 23, 2021. The Civic Leaders Fellowship Program offers local students the chance to return to their home communities to work in a career-related field while learning about their hometowns. Students are able to develop connections and leadership skills that may later assist them in finding meaningful employment upon graduation.
To be eligible for participation, students must have successfully completed at least one semester of post-secondary education (college, trade/technical school, etc.), be currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program, and have a permanent home address in the PACF’s service region of Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Jackson, Mason, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt, and Wood counties in West Virginia, or Washington County, Ohio. The student application is available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by February 12, 2021.
During their time in the Program, Civic Leaders are placed at a work site, in a position related to their career interests, where they work four days a week. On Mondays of each week of the Program, the Civic Leaders participate in leadership activities and programs with other Civic Leaders designed to increase their knowledge of the region and prepare them to engage fully in service to their communities.
The PACF is also seeking organizations that wish to serve as host employers for summer 2021. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, and units of government may apply to serve as a host employer for the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program. The Civic Leader is provided to the host employer at no cost. In exchange, the host employer must be willing to provide supervision and a meaningful work assignment. Organizations throughout the PACF’s service region are encouraged to apply online to provide an employment opportunity for one of our region's college-aged students. The host application is also available on the Foundation’s website and must be submitted by March 31, 2021.
To learn more about the Civic Leaders Fellowship Program and to apply to participate as a student or host employer, visit: www.pacfwv.com/CLFP. Questions regarding this opportunity may be directed to the PACF’s Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Manager, Alicia Beeson.
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