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Foundation’s 2021 Civic Leaders Fellowship Program Concludes

The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) celebrated the successful completion of its tenth year of its Civic Leaders Fellowship Program.  A celebratory gathering was recently held at the Parkersburg City Park with members the PACF Board, Civic Leader hosts, initiative sponsors, and Civic Leaders in attendance. 

Eighteen students were placed with host employers throughout the PACF service region to gain work experience in their respective fields.  Students participated in leadership training on Mondays during the program.  More than 75 community members contributed their time to help the students learn about civic engagement, leadership, career options, and nonprofits organizations in our community. 

“I’ve learned so much during my program,” said Zoe Pingley, a first year Civic Leader.  “I’ve learned passion, leadership, art, love, hard work, dedication, and so much more.  The program was not just a ‘summer internship.’  It was an opportunity to see and love my community around me and allow me to place myself into some of the most important things it has to offer.  I learned so much about my field and future career, but also so much more about myself as a person.” 

During the seven-week Program, each Civic Leader 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 spent their Mondays furthering their leadership studies, visiting area nonprofit organizations, assessing community needs, and learning about community grantmaking.  The second year Civic Leaders visited many different nonprofit organizations over the course of the summer evaluating where to award $5,000 in grant funds.  The following grants were awarded to area nonprofits

  • Old Man Rivers was awarded $2,500 to support its food pantry.
  • Wood County Society was awarded $2,500 to develop an Emergency Preparedness Plan to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities during a national and local emergency.

Students completed the summer inspired to contribute to their communities and more knowledgeable about their fields of interest.  To learn more about this year’s Civic Leaders and about the program, visit the Foundation’s website at

Workshop on Nonprofit Lifecycles Offered November 1

Nonprofit organizations can learn how to strengthen their capacity today and plan for success tomorrow at the Nonprofit Lifecycles Workshop, November 1, from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg. The workshop is sponsored by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates, Nonprofits LEAD, and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) and will be led by Maria Fibiger, Certified Master Consultant of Nonprofit Lifecycles Institute and President/Senior Consultant of Three Dog Consulting.

Based on Susan Kenny Steven’s widely popular book, Nonprofit Lifecycles, this workshop will provide a practical way for nonprofits to think about strengthening their organizational capacity, no matter what their age or size. Using Lifecycles Stages to describe the predictable growing pains nonprofits experience at each stage of development, Fibiger will share concepts that are especially relevant to board members, executive staff, and other organization leaders. Nonprofits will learn how to self-assess their organization’s management, governance, financial resources, and administrative components as the vital support systems for their important mission and programs. 

Turnover of Board, executive staff, volunteers is an inevitable event (planned or emergent) in the Lifecycle of any organization, and nonprofits should prepare for these transitions with good succession planning. At the workshop, Fibiger will discuss fundamental pieces that every organization should have in place to make the transition easier, as well as barriers and challenges that may come up in any turnover scenario. This interactive workshop will explore a framework for succession planning, and will equip nonprofit leaders with real-world knowledge & tactics.

Cost to attend is $20 per person ($15 per person for WVNPA members). Organizations are encouraged to bring Board/staff teams to participate.

For registration information, click here or call Marian Clowes (304-428-4438) or Amy Elliott (740-376-4559).

 Registration deadline is October 25.

Workshop for Grantseekers Offered October 30

Charitable organizations seeking support for projects that address community needs can learn about the grantmaking programs of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates and the Sisters Health Foundation at grant workshops scheduled for October 30. Interested participants can choose from one of two times and locations:

 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Dora B. Woodyard Library, 411 Mulberry Street, Elizabeth, WV

2:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Roane County Family Health Care, 164 Williams Drive, Spencer, WV

 Topics to be covered include grantmaking priorities, the application process, effective proposal writing, and grants management. There is no cost to attend.

To register, contact Shei Sanchez,, 304.424.6080.


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