West Virginia Community Foundations

First, what is a community foundation anyway?

Community foundations are instruments of civil society designed to pool donations into a coordinated investment and grant making facility dedicated primarily to the social improvement of a given place.

Families, individuals, businesses, and nonprofit groups establish funds within community foundations into which they can contribute a variety of assets to be used for charitable purposes. The people or organizations that establish the funds can then recommend that grants be distributed, in the name of the fund or anonymously, to qualified nonprofit groups and schools. The donor receives a charitable deduction in the year that gifts are made into their funds.

The assets of community foundations are pooled and invested, with donors typically having a choice of investment products.

The funds established at community foundations can be expendable funds (i.e., grants can be made in any amount at any time) or they can be endowments, which limit distributions to the interest earned on the assets. Endowments last in perpetuity.

The first community foundation was set up in Cleveland in 1914 by Frederick Goff and operating now as the Cleveland Foundation. Others soon followed including the California Community Foundation and the Chicago Community Trust.

Community foundations are now a global phenomenon. There are at least 700 in the United States and perhaps 1000 more around the world with numbers
growing rapidly.

The above definition is from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_foundation

The following is a list of community foundations in West Virginia:

Barbour County Community Foundation, Inc.
Contact: Roger L. Bolton, President
304 Brown Avenue
Bellington, WV 26250-9203
Phone: (304) 823-3101     Fax: (304) 823-3101
Website: http://www.barbourcountycf.org/

Beckley Area Foundation, Inc.
Contact: Susan Stevenson Landis, Executive Director
129 Main Street, Suite 203
Beckley, WV 25801-1092
Phone: (304) 253-3806     Fax: (304) 253-7304

Doddridge County Community Foundation
c/o Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 92
West Union, WV 26456
Phone: (304) 428-4438

Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation
Contact: Amy Owen, Executive Director
229 E. Martin Street, Suite 4
Martinsburg, WV 25401
Phone: (304) 264-0353     Fax: (888) 507-8375
Website: http://www.ewvcf.org/Welcome.html

Hampshire County Community Foundation
c/o Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation
P.O. Box 40
Romney, WV 26757
Phone: (304) 822-7200
Website: http://www.hampshireccf.org/Welcome.html

Hinton Area Foundation
P.O. Box 217
Hinton, WV 25951-0217

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
Contact: Rebecca Cain, President and CEO
P.O. Box 3041
Charleston, WV 25331-3041
Phone: (304) 346-3620     Fax: (304) 346-3640
Website: http://www.tgkvf.org/

Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation
c/o Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 944
Elizabeth, WV 26143
Phone: (304)428-4438

Mason County Community Foundation
c/o Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 66
Point Pleasant, WV 25550

Greater Morgantown Community Trust, Inc.
Contact: Paula Martinelli , Executive Director
344 High Street
P.O. Box 409
Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: (304) 296-3433     Fax: (304) 376-2333
Website: http://www.gmctfoundation.org/

The Community Foundation of North Central West VA, Inc.
Contact: David Riggleman, Executive Director
1000 Technology Dr., Suite 2230
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 694-2666
Website: http://www.ycfwv.org/

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, Inc.
Contact: Zoe M. Metcalf, Executive Director
P.O. Box 670
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: (304) 242-3144     Fax: (304) 243-9373
Email: director@cfov.org
Website: http://www.cfov.org/

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
Contact: Judith W. Sjostedt, Executive Director
P.O. Box 1762
Parkersburg, WV 26102-1762
Phone: (304) 428-4438     Fax: (304) 428-1200
Website: http://www.pacfwv.com/

Ritchie County Community
c/o Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
P.O. Box 178
Harrisville, WV 26362

Tucker Community Endowment Foundation
Contact: Robert Alan Burns, Executive Director
P.O. Box 491
Parsons, WV 26287-0491
Phone: (304) 478-2930
Email: tcef@frontiernet.net
Website: http://givetowestvirginia.org/

Community Foundation of the Virginias, Inc.
Contact: Lynn Forlines
128 North Street
P.O. Box 4127
Bluefield, WV 24701-1927
Phone: (304) 324-0222     Fax: (304) 324-0222
Website: http://www.givetowestvirginia.org/