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Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund to Support Region’s Response to COVID-19 Crisis

Gifts Needed to Support Basic Needs, Health and Safety
in Appalachian Ohio Communities

Nelsonville, OHThe Foundation for Appalachian Ohio has launched the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund because there are urgent needs facing our communities, and our region’s nonprofit and public organizations are stepping up to meet this expanding need head-on.

Across the country, we see needs that have emerged in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Appalachian Ohio’s communities, however, face the increased needs of their citizens with an added challenge – a significant philanthropy gap. With nine times fewer philanthropic dollars per capita than the rest of Ohio, our region does not have the same capacity for the grants and partnerships that are so crucial in responding to moments like this one.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) has been working to change that every day, but this philanthropy gap makes it all the more important for our region to band together to support the nonprofits and public organizations responding to the current crisis. Through many gifts coming together, there will be a far greater impact. As everyone looks to find a way to help, a gift to the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund, which can be made at, is a powerful way to make a difference.  

The Emergency Response Fund will make grant awards to help 501(c)(3) nonprofits and public organizations whose resources are, and will continue to be, strained by this unprecedented event, as they work to expand and modify how they deliver their services. The Fund will begin making grant awards over the coming weeks, focusing on immediate needs, including basic necessities and the health and safety of our most vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 outbreak. Nonprofits and public organizations that are interested in sharing their needs or learning more should visit

“Our nonprofits are feeding our neighbors, serving our seniors, providing vital childcare, and protecting all of our health,” said Foundation for Appalachian Ohio President & CEO Cara Dingus Brook. “They play an essential role in our communities every day, but now we see them all stepping in to grow their services, reach more individuals and families, and help us all weather these unprecedented times. They cannot do it alone. I hope those who are able will join us with a gift to provide the help that is needed now more than ever.”

FAO and the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund serve Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties: Adams, Ashtabula, Athens, Belmont, Brown, Carroll, Clermont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Guernsey, Harrison, Highland, Hocking, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mahoning, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Pike, Ross, Scioto, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Vinton, and Washington counties.

The Fund was created with dollars from FAO and a number of individual donors, who are showing their support for their neighbors and the communities they love. This week, the Osteopathic Heritage Foundations joined FAO as a partner in our work to grow the Emergency Response Fund and connect funding to nonprofit and public organizations that are meeting the ever-growing needs of the people who call Appalachian Ohio’s communities home.

Every gift to the Emergency Response Fund, no matter its size, will allow the Fund to make a greater difference for the nonprofits and communities of Appalachian Ohio.

To support the Appalachian Ohio Emergency Response Fund with a gift today, visit or contact FAO at or 740.753.1111.

The children of Appalachian Ohio, past and present, have a history of banding together. Together, we can do more. With a gift, we can show our support for the nonprofits and community organizations protecting our seniors, caring for patients, feeding our children, and carrying Appalachian Ohio forward.

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit