Appalachian Fund

    Trustees Meet and Approve 2010 Grants

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    • The advisory board trustees of the Berea College Appalachian Fund met in Berea, KY on December 10, 2009 to review 2010 Grant Applications and discuss other Appalachian Fund business.  The trustees approved $493,040 in grants to twenty nine different non-profit organizations in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Nineteen Appalachian Fund Affiliates received $398,040, 81% of the total grants funding. First time grantees included Kids First Dental of Barbourville, KY and the Madison County Home Energy Improvement Program of Berea, KY. The date of the 2010 Affiliates Gathering was set for May 1-May 3 at Berea College.

    Trustees Meet and Approve 2009 Grants

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    • The advisory board trustees of the Berea College Appalachian Fund met in Berea, KY on November 21, 2008 to review 2009 Grant Applications and discuss other Appalachian Fund business.  The trustees approved $500,500 in grants to thirty five different non-profit organizations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Twenty three Appalachian Fund Affiliates received $406,000, 81% of the total grants funding. First time grantees included the Caring Place of Lebanon, KY and the Appalachian Women’s Alliance of Clinchco, VA. The date of the 2009 Affiliates Gathering was set for April 30-May 1 at Berea College.

    New Director Has Been Hired

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    • Following a regionwide search prompted by the resignation of former Appalachian Fund Director Jeanne Hibberd a new director has been hired. David Cooke, a 1982 graduate of Berea College and former West Virginia University Extension Agent, assumed his new position in November of 2006. His biography can be viewed here. Ms. Hibberd has accepted a position as development director with the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Kentucky. She can be reached at jmhibberd@hindmansettlement.org .

    Trustees Meet and Approve 2008 Grants

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    • The advisory board trustees of the Berea College Appalachian Fund met in Berea, KY on November 27, 2007 to review 2008 Grant Applications and discuss other Appalachian Fund business.  The trustees approved $528,500 in grants to thirty five different non-profit organizations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Twenty three Appalachian Fund Affiliates received $367,000, 79% of the total grants funding. First time grantees included the Kentucky Environmental Foundation of Berea, KY and Rural Resources of Greeneville, TN. The date of the 2008 Affiliates Gathering was set for May 1-2 at Berea College.

    Trustees Meet and Approve 2007 Grants

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    • The advisory board trustees of the Berea College Appalachian Fund met in Berea, KY on December 1, 2006 to review 2007 Grant Applications and discuss other Appalachian Fund business. New trustees joining the Advisory Board are Dr. Baretta Casey of Hazard, KY and Lois Weinberg of Hindman, KY.  The trustees approved $500,734 in grants to 37 different non-profit organizations in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Nineteen Appalachian Fund Affiliates received $367,000, 73% of the total grants funding. First time grantees included Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass, the Children’s Center of the Cumberlands, the East Kentucky Science Center, St. Agnes House of Lexington, High Rocks for Girls, the Southern Empowerment Project, Step by Step and WaysMeet Healing Arts Center. The trustees will meet again on March 1, 2007 and set the date of the 2007 Affiliates Gathering for Aril 23-24, 2007 in Berea.

    Trustees Meet and Approve 2006 Grants

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    • The advisory board trustees of the Berea College Appalachian Fund met in Berea on December 9, 2005 to review 2006 Grant Applications and discuss other business. The trustees approved $455,500 in grants to 32 organizations in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Twenty -one Appalachian Fund Affiliates received 81% of the funding for a total of $380,500. First-time grantees included Appalshop in Whitesburg, KY, the Bethany House Abuse Shelter in Somerset, KY and the Clearfork Community Institute in Eagan, TN. The board welcomed new director David Cooke and set the date for its 2006 Affiliates Gathering for April 20-21 in Berea.

    Search for New Director Underway

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    • President Larry Shinn recently announced that Jeanne Hibberd will be stepping down as director of the Appalachian Fund, a position she has held since January 2004. Jeanne has accepted a position as development director with the Hindman Settlement School in Hindman, Kentucky. Starting in October, she can be reached at jmhibberd@hindmansettlement.org.

      A search for a new director is currently underway. The Appalachian Fund director is a part-time position which is combined with another position called Coordinator of the Entrepreneurship for the Public Good (EPG) Program.

      During the interim, President Shinn announced that Linda Cope, who works in the Berea College development office, will be managing the day-to-day business of the Fund. She can be reached at 859-985-3022 or linda_cope@berea.edu . (September 2005)

    2005 Affiliates’ Gathering

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    • The Appalachian Fund trustees are considering a change in our annual Affiliates’ Gathering. Instead of meeting in April, we plan to schedule our meeting to coincide with the Brushy Fork Institute’s new annual leadership institute (September 14-17, 2005). We will provide more details once the board has finalized its plans and the Brushy Fork Institute has determined the schedule.

      The change will offer an opportunity for Appalachian Fund Affiliates to learn from and share with a broader group of nonprofits.

    Trustees Meet and Approve 2005 Grants

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    • Appalachian Fund trustees met in Berea on December 10, 2004 to review 2005 Grant Applications and discuss other business. The trustees approved $433,163 in grants to 31 organizations in Kentucky and North Carolina. Twenty-three Appalachian Fund Affiliates received 87 percent of the funding for a total of $376,000. The trustees voted to invite the Boys & Girls Club of Madison County to become its newest affiliate and provided the Club with a challenge grant of $10,000 to support a technology access program for underserved youth. First-time grantees included the Lotts Creek Community School in Hazard, KY and the Red Lick Volunteer Fire Department. The board also discussed changing the date of its annual Affiliates’ Gathering from April to September.

    Appalachian Fund Celebrates 50th Birthday

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