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Ohio CAT Announces $1 Million Gift to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

Continued Partnership Leads to Significant Investment in Appalachian Ohio

 Cadiz, OHOhio CAT has announced a groundbreaking gift of $1 million to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. From their Cadiz location in Harrison County, Ohio CAT shared the news of its investment in FAO’s mission of creating opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities over the coming five years.

“Ohio CAT is heavily invested in and employs over 230 people at its five Appalachian Ohio locations,” said Ken Taylor, president of Ohio CAT. “We have seen FAO’s work to grow philanthropic resources with communities first-hand, and we know our $1 million will create permanent and enduring positive change in Appalachian Ohio through the Foundation,” he went on to say.

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio was created to help the Appalachian Ohio region grow the philanthropic resources available for communities and nonprofits. With historically fewer philanthropic assets in Appalachian Ohio, the region’s communities have not had the same ability to address challenges and pursue new opportunities as communities in other areas of the state.

The Foundation is focused on closing this philanthropy gap because philanthropic funds offer a flexible way for communities and nonprofits to make a difference for citizens. These funds are an indicator of prosperity and possibility. With the transfer of wealth anticipated across our region in the coming years, Appalachian Ohio is at a pivotal moment for securing resources to benefit communities today and far into the future.

“We are so grateful not only for Ohio CAT’s gift, but for their leadership in highlighting the importance of philanthropy in Appalachian Ohio today,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO’s president and CEO. “Appalachian Ohio is at a critical time for developing the philanthropic resources all of our communities, nonprofits, and leaders need. Ohio CAT’s $1 million gift will help grow philanthropy in the Appalachian communities where the company is located, including Bolivar, Cadiz, Millersburg, Youngstown and Zanesville, and it will reverberate across the entire region for generations.”

Ohio CAT first became a member of the Foundation’s I’m a Child of Appalachia Network in 2009 with a five-year, $250,000 gift. With Ohio CAT’s support, FAO has grown the resources available to the broader region while also partnering with eight counties in growing local philanthropy focused on their own communities. Because of Ohio CAT’s new gift, the Foundation will have much greater ability to support the region’s communities and nonprofits in their efforts to make a difference.


About Ohio CAT

Headquartered in Broadview Heights, Ohio, Ohio CAT is the exclusive, authorized dealer for Caterpillar equipment and engines throughout Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeastern Indiana. Ohio CAT strives to be the top performing, dynamic industry leader and partner of choice for the products and solutions that help its customers build, improve, feed, power, and protect our world. A sales and service enterprise, Ohio CAT creates exceptional value through proud, knowledgeable and engaged employees who consistently exceed customer expectations. More information about Ohio CAT can be found at