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Appalachian Funders Network: 10th Annual Network Gathering

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About the Network

The Appalachia Funders Network is a funder-led initiative with a membership of 59 foundations, corporations, and investors. We work to align national, regional, and local funders toward a common vision to accelerate an equitable Appalachian transition. Our work is focused in Central Appalachia, the region we define as the Appalachian counties of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and all of West Virginia. To learn more, visit:

About the Gathering

This annual meeting is a space for learning and analysis, where members build trust and relationships, expand their connections, develop lasting partnerships, and align their investment strategies to accelerate  large scale change across Central Appalachia.

The first day of the Gathering will convene the Working Groups and create space for connection with new and old colleagues. Attendees who are not part of a Working Group will have the opportunity to learn about the Network and its history. The second day of the Gathering will offer a Network-wide deep dive into Substance Use Disorder in Appalachia. We will hear from Beth Macy, the author of the best-selling book Dopesick, before traveling to Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville to see a performance of Needlework by Higher Ground. The last day of the Gathering will offer the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning journeys in the Appalachian Ohio area. Here we’ll see examples of conservation projects, rural community development, the intersection of arts and community development, and food systems. For more details on the agenda, click here.

Who Should Attend?

The Gathering is open to funders, financial institution representatives, and federal/state agency personnel who invest in the transition of Central Appalachia. The Network’s dues paying members receive a $100 discount on the Gathering registration fee. If you are a non-dues-paying member, we encourage you to attend to (1) learn about the powerful work that’s being done in Appalachia (2) strengthen your connections to other funders, (3) better understand how the Network can help further your mission, and (4) connect to innovative initiatives within our working groups.

To register click here!

Earlier Event: March 30
Heartland Forum