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JPMorgan Chase Foundation Invests in I’m a Child of Appalachia Initiative

The Foundation for Appalachian OhioAwarded $62,000 Grant

Nelsonville, OH The JPMorgan Chase Foundation has awarded the Foundation forAppalachian Ohio (FAO) a $62,000 grant – its second in two years – to supportFAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia®Initiative. The grant will aid FAO’s work to grow regional capacity and createeducational opportunities to position the region’s students for success.

FAO’s signature initiative, I’m a Child of Appalachia, was launched in2005 to encourage the region’s citizens to take pride in the unique advantagesof Appalachian Ohio while emphasizing the importance of educational opportunities.I’m a Child of Appalachia Network®(ICAN!) members support FAO’s innovative efforts to develop the permanentphilanthropic resources and regional capacity needed to support AppalachianOhio and its citizens, especially its youth. A continually growing effort, I’m a Child of Appalachia has evolved toinclude educational grantmaking initiatives for students, educators, and schooldistricts in addition to its annual citizen award and writing contest.


“The JPMorgan ChaseFoundation wants to give students in Appalachian Ohio improved access tohigh-quality educational opportunities so they can become productive, engagedcitizens,” said Cinnamon Pelly, vice president for Global Philanthropy,JPMorgan Chase Foundation.  “Over the past two years, the JPMorgan ChaseFoundation has invested $162,000 in the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio becausetogether we can change young people’s lives across 32 Ohio counties.”


With a quarter of its grant fundinginvested in the I’m a Child of Appalachiaendowment fund, the JPMorgan Chase Foundation will help FAO address today’s needswhile growing the region’s endowment for future opportunities. 


“The endowment fund ensuresresources are available to meet the region’s changing needs,” said Cara DingusBrook, FAO’s president and CEO. “The JPMorgan Chase Foundation is a strategicphilanthropic partner. They understand FAO’s work as a regional communityfoundation and the importance of long-term investments to support AppalachianOhio. We truly value their membership in our ICAN! Corporate Partnership.”


Anextension of I’m a Child of Appalachia, the ICAN! Corporate Partnership isa network of businesses committed to investments that expand educationalopportunities and regional philanthropy. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation joinsother ICAN! Corporate Partners committed to collaboratively enhancing availableeducational opportunities. Current partners include: AEP Ohio; AK Steel;Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc.; Duke Energy; ED MAP Inc.; Ohio CAT; Oxford ResourcePartners; Peoples Bank; Rocky Brands; and Tata Sons Limited.


The JPMorgan Chase Foundationsupports nonprofit organizations and community programs in Ohio and around theworld. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), aleading global financial services firm with assets of$2.3 trillion and operations in more than 60 countries. Across Ohio, Chase has289 bank branches and 890 ATMs, serves nearly four million consumers and150,000 small and mid-sized businesses, and employs more than 22,000. More information isavailable at


About the Foundation forAppalachian Ohio

The Foundation for AppalachianOhio is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of AppalachianOhio with the mission of enriching the region’s current and future quality oflife. A 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation attracts contributions forprograms and endowment, makes grants for charitable and civic purposes, andsupports local efforts for positive change. For more information about FAO,visit