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Leadership 100

A brand new model of philanthropic support has been created in Appalachian Ohio!

Leadership 100 is a working capital campaign modeled after the way private sector businesses go public to support their expansion goals through the sale of shares of stock to investors. FAO exceeded its goal of raising 100 shares of $32,000 apiece by raising more than 106 shares totaling more than $3.4 million.

FAO Leadership 100 Bell RInging from Foundation for Appalachian Ohio on Vimeo.

Each “share” in Leadership 100 is a gift to underwrite the operational costs of FAO’s work with the region to build $100 million in new philanthropic endowments. Since Leadership 100 was launched in April of 2014, more than 75 individuals, businesses, and organizations have become shareholders, together providing support for FAO’s expansion.

With support from Leadership 100, FAO will launch a $100 million campaign, which will include work to build five regional grantmaking endowments called the Pillars of Prosperity.

Leadership 100 has only been possible because of our shareholders. Listen to what a few have said about why they became a part of Leadership 100.

Leadership 100 from Foundation for Appalachian Ohio on Vimeo.


Ohio CAT*

AEP Ohio*
Gulfport Energy Corporation*
Ohio University*

Greg and Eileen Adams
Shirley Dunlap Bowser
Cara and Dominick Brook*
Mike and Pam Brooks
Stuart and Denise Brooks
Kenner and Margene Bush
Marianne Campbell
Jeffery D. Chaddock and Mark Morrow
Susie Conner
Terry Conner
Jeff Cox and Jane Schumacher Cox
Sally Evans
Terry Fleming
Clay and Alice Graham
Michael and Carolina Holtz*
Bonny and Jack Huffman
Christine Knisely
John and Char Kopchick
Nancy Lahmers and Pete Sanderson
Jeff Lyttle and Cathy Mayne Lyttle, in honor of the Mayne Family
Jim and Amy Matesich
Shirley McClelland
Charles and Marilyn Mechem
Geoff and Denise Morgan
Dave and Valerie Scholl
Guy Spriggs
Rob Stein
Tom and Rhonda Stemmer*
Alan and Susan Stockmeister *
Ron and Calista Strickmaker *
Bruce and Marilyn Wentworth
David and Degee Wilhelm
Wilson Family in memory of Congressman Charlie Wilson
Ryan and Carol Wright
Jo Ellen Diehl Yeary*
Nancy Lusk Zimpher

Bellisio Foods
Jack and Sandy Bortle – Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites
Charter Communications
Duke Energy
Finance Fund
Huntington Bancshares
JPMorgan Chase
Kidd Family Foundation, Reliable Staffing Services, and 
Mt. Zion Animal Clinic & Boarding
Matesich Distributing Company
McDonald Hopkins
MPH Hotels*
Ohio Valley Bank
Peoples Bancorp Foundation
Pioneer Group
Rocky Brands
STAR Engineering Inc. & Christopher P. Mooney
US Bank

FAO Board of Trustees
Baird Brothers Company Foundation
Collar Family Fund
William H. Davis, Dorothy M. Davis & William C. Davis Foundation
Fox Foundation, Inc.*
ICF Foundation
Longaberger Foundation
Longleaf Foundation
NiSource Charitable Foundation
Ohio Arts Council*
The Albert B. and Audrey G. Ratner Family Foundation
Schooler Family Foundation
Sara Lee Stevens-Youngs Family Memorial Fund
J.W. & M.H. Straker Charitable Foundation

TJ Conger, Ron and Lynn Cremeans, Matt Elli and Dawnell
Graham, Clyde Gosnell and Louise “Omie” Warner,
Barb and Drew Hansen, Robert H. “Tad” Jeffrey,
Tom and Joyce Johnson, Robert and Gayle McLaughlin,
Joy and Don Padgett, Jennifer and David Simon, and B.J. Smith
Lindley Inn Assisted Living Community (The Plains, OH)
Wyngate at RiversEdge Senior Living Community, Proctorville, OH)
Wyngate Senior Living Community (Weirton, WV)
Wyngate Senior Living Community (Parkersburg, WV)
Wyngate Senior Living Community (Barboursville, WV)
The Village at Greystone Senior Living Community, (Beckley WV)

*Denotes multiple shares

As of 3.1.2021