The Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation (EWVCF) joined in a nationwide celebration to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in strengthening the regions they serve while addressing social issues like homelessness, polarization, and discrimination.
To celebrate Community Foundation Week (November 12-18), we encouraged readers to visit our Facebook page and comment about a favorite local charity. Dozens of Facebook followers responded and To the ResQ, an all-volunteer animal rescue organization that was founded in 2022 received a $500 grant from the Foundation’s Executive Director Fund. Headquartered in Harpers Ferry, To the ResQ received the most recommendations of all nonprofits serving Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties.
Our affiliates awarded $250 grants to Light Up Capon Bridge in Hampshire County and Potomac Highlands Animal Rescue in Hardy County.
We are grateful for the amazing support we’ve received from professional advisors, individual donors, families, businesses, and private foundations that have helped us grow. So many charities are doing great work in our communities and this contest helped us reach even more nonprofit organizations.
Since being established in 1995, the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation has awarded more than $15 million dollars in grants and scholarships. In 2023 alone, nearly $1.3 million dollars will have been granted to support nonprofit organizations and students from Berkeley, Hampshire, Hardy, Jefferson, and Morgan Counties.
Community foundations are independent, public charitable organizations that steward philanthropic resources from donors to local nonprofits and represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. We have the reach, expertise, and relationships to address some of the most pressing issues impacting individuals and families nationwide. The 290 endowed funds established by our donors at the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation help us support more than 100 nonprofit organizations in the region.
As community foundations find solutions for communities large and small, urban and rural – it is the collective work of these organizations that will have the most profound impact. Community Foundation Week was created in 1989 by former president George H.W. Bush to recognize the work of community foundations throughout America and our collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.