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Double Your Impact Today and Tomorrow

FAO successfully secured $10 million from the Ohio legislature to serve as matching funds for FAO — meaning $20 million of impact is now possible. This is an extraordinary chance to invest in the children of Appalachia and their communities, but we need your help.

Below, learn how you can see your gift matched dollar-for-dollar in the way that works best for you! You can choose to give to the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund, our most flexible, region-wide resources designed to make an impact across all areas essential to quality of life both today and tomorrow. Or you can choose to support one of our ten community funds and grow your community’s capacity to invest in its people. You might also choose to give to a more specific cause through one of our donor-restricted funds.

For a quick comparison of all the different ways to give that are supported by this match opportunity, click here. And for more detailed information on the different ways to give and on how to give, click through the drop-down menu below. Whatever you choose, the FAO team thanks you in advance for helping us seize this unprecedented opportunity for the children of Appalachia.

The creation of the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund is a dream realized for the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. To finally have a fund focused on the greatest needs and most promising opportunities across all of our communities will accelerate our mission on an exceptional scale. And now, we have the great opportunity to invite donors to join us in growing this fund from the ground up with $5 million in dollar-for-dollar match!

What will my gift make possible?

The I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund is dedicated to unleashing the potential of the children of Appalachia. Giving FAO the resources needed to address the areas of greatest need and opportunity in the region, the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund supports:

• FAO’s work to build local capacity by nurturing local community foundations and connecting partners around issue of regional importance;

• Programmatic initiatives and grant programs creating opportunities across our 32 counties in Arts and Culture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Health & Human Services; and

• FAO’s work to encourage high expectations among all the region’s residents, including FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia campaign.

The I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund is unique, with half of each gift invested in endowment for the future and the other half impacting programs in the next 1 – 5 years. In the near-term, this includes: a partnership to connect books with children who need them; the first competitive, FAO grant round focused on environmental stewardship; a grant program that puts youth in the driver’s seat of substance use prevention; and a redesign of our long-treasured I’m a Child of Appalachia Writing Contest.

With so many initiatives already underway, imagine what we could do with millions in matching funds dedicated to visionary and strategic programs today and far into the future.

How will the match work for the I'm a Child of Appalachia Fund?

All gifts to the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund will be matched dollar-for-dollar, and there is no limit to how much a donor can give and see matched while the $5 million in matching funds lasts.

This match is available on a first come, first serve basis – and then it’s gone! Not one of us can afford to stand on the sidelines and allow this once in a lifetime chance to grow abundant opportunity pass us by.

Special Planned Giving Opportunity

If you leave a planned gift valued at $20,000 or more to the I'm a Child of Appalachia Fund through your will, life insurance policy, or other estate plan, your gift will receive $10,000 in match right now so you can see an impact today and know that an even greater, lasting impact is coming when your planned gift is realized down the line.

Planned gifts can be made as a fixed dollar amount or as a percentage amount. To learn more about how you can help build an abundance of possibility across Appalachian Ohio through a planned gift, contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or

Levels of Giving

Permanent, flexible, and region-wide grantmaking dollars, making an impact both today and tomorrow, are essential to FAO's mission of creating an abundance of opportunity throughout the region's communities. That's why we will celebrate the role you played in this visionary matching opportunity and all that it will make possible.

• $1 million or more: GAMECHANGER

• $500,000+: GROUNDBREAKER

• $250,000+: INNOVATOR

• $100,000+ : PIONEER

• $50,000+ : TRAILBLAZER

• $32,000+: SHAREHOLDER


• $5,000+: HOMETOWN HERO

All gifts of $10,000 or more are also eligible for a permanently named fund, allowing donors to celebrate their family's love for the children of Appalachian Ohio or honor a loved one.

Because gifts of all amounts will make a difference, gifts under $5,000 will be recognized as members of the I’m a Child of Appalachia Network.
Make it count for the community you love through an unprecedented opportunity to grow your community's capacity to invest in the nonprofits, schools, and organizations working to create an abundance of possibility locally.

Which communities are eligible for match?

FAO hosts ten county and community funds under its umbrella that are eligible for matching funds, including:

• Community Foundation for Perry County

• Gallia Community Foundation

• Guernsey County Foundation

• Harrison County Community Foundation

• Hocking County Community Fund

• Jackson County Community Foundation

• Meigs County Community Fund

• Monroe County Community Foundation

• Morgan Community Fund

• Nelsonville Foundation Fund

What will my gift make possible?

In partnership with FAO, each of these community funds has the potential to secure $300,000 in matching funds for the communities they serve by the end of May, 2020. That could mean $600,000 more for the community you love. More importantly, these new dollars in endowment will make possible an additional $23,000 in grants to the community each and every year.

How will the match work for FAO's local community funds?

All gifts to FAO's community funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar with no limit on how much each individual donor can see matched, up to the total match funding that remains available and while the $300,000 in match available to the community lasts.

This match is available on a first come, first serve basis – and then it’s gone. That means we have until May 31, 2020 to secure these dollars for your home community, or else these dollars will vanish.

Is there a specific cause or nonprofit in your community that you'd like to support?

We have a match for that too! Donors can give to an existing endowed fund that is part of the community fund's Family of Funds or create a new endowed fund under a community fund's umbrella, and see their gift matched dollar-for-dollar up to $5,000 per donor. To learn more about the existing Family of Funds in your community, visit, and click on the community fund that serves your home town.
Is there a specific cause, nonprofit, or community that you’d like to support? Donors can give to any existing endowed fund or create a new endowed fund under our umbrella to see their gift matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $5,000 per donor. Match is available on a first-come, first-serve basis so don’t miss your chance!

To browse our existing funds, visit If there's a fund you'd like to support, and you aren't sure whether the fund is endowed and eligible for match, give us a call at 740.753.1111, or email

Give By Mail

Make your check payable to Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, and designate the endowed fund you'd like to support. Then, just mail your check to:

Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
35 Public Square
PO Box 456
Nelsonville, OH 45764

Give Online

Click here, and make sure to designate the fund you'd like to support.

Give Appreciated Stock

Gifts of appreciated stock allow donors to maximize charitable impact while minimizing taxable income. If you give appreciated stock, you will receive a tax deduction on the full market value of the appreciated stock, while eliminating the capital gains tax that would otherwise be assessed from the sale of the stock. Contact your financial adviser to make a stock transfer today.

Give with Your IRA Transfer

The IRA charitable rollover allows individuals to make tax-free contributions directly from their IRA to tax-exempt, charitable organizations annually after age 70 ½, without increasing their taxable income and while meeting minimum distribution requirements of their IRAs. To give with your IRA transfer, contact your financial adviser today.

Make a Pledge

You can make a pledge and fulfill it over time, at intervals of up to 5 years, while seeing your gift matched dollar-for-dollar today. To make a pledge, contact FAO at 740.753.1111 or

Questions on How to Give?

Just get in touch with FAO at 740.753.1111 or, and we will be happy to answer any questions or provide any additional information.