Philanthropy WV Monthly Blog

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The Forum: Collaboration in Disaster-ful & Delightful Times

The Forum: Collaboration in Disaster-ful & Delightful Times

What does Ocean County, New Jersey (pop. 601,651) have in common with Greenbrier County, WV (pop. 35,480)?   There is more than meets the eye. Recently, West Virginia hosted the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) Conference with national and state leaders from all across the country.  This conference provided us an opportunity to […]

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Leading with Our Values!

Leading with Our Values!

How does an individual, a team, a board of directors, or an entire organization lead to fulfill its values and goals?  The most effective organizations lead by being rooted in their shared values.  In 2017, Philanthropy West Virginia adopted six defined values for its work and mission fulfillment.  These values include: Inclusion, Leadership, Collaboration, Lifelong […]

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Applying Lessons Learned for Our Next 25 Years! (Part 2)

Applying Lessons Learned for Our Next 25 Years! (Part 2)

As Philanthropy West Virginia leads into our next 25 years starting this year, we’re using our past 25 years lesson learned to guide our work.  Last week I shared our Top 10 to 6 Lessons, I’m pleased to share our Top Five Lessons from 25 years to heighten our work ahead in 2019 and beyond including: […]

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Lessons Learned & Celebrated heightening Our Next 25 Years (Part 1)

Lessons Learned & Celebrated heightening Our Next 25 Years (Part 1)

If you would have asked me in 1993 what I would be doing in 2018, my young, barely a teenager self would have probably said something about building stronger West Virginia communities. I would have never imagined working at Philanthropy West Virginia, which happened to be founded that same year.  Now 25 years later, and […]

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Plan the Work and Work the Plan

Plan the Work and Work the Plan

Meaningful Action that Leverages & Leads: My family, teachers, and mentors always told me to successfully make things happen it is critical to “Plan the Work and Work the Plan”. When issues, situations, or needs changed, adjust accordingly. Philanthropy WV is two years into implementing our new strategic plan, “MEANINGFUL ACTION: Learning, Leveraging, & Leading 2017-2020”. […]

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Progress & Impact, It’s a Mindset!

Progress & Impact, It’s a Mindset!

What does an Olympic gold medalist, a mindset, and problem solving have in common? You need not look any further than Virginia “Ginny” Thrasher, WVU biomedical engineering student and the first winner of a gold medal at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in her recent TEDx WVU Talk. Thanks to a mentor and colleague who […]

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Give2WV Day 2019: Investing in Our Communities!

Give2WV Day 2019: Investing in Our Communities!

Welcome to 2019 Give2WV Day:   It’s a wonderful day to celebrate West Virginia’s Birthday in four West Virginia counties.  Loving and investing in our citizens, communities and state to improve the quality of life is at the heart of #Give2WVDay. The 2019 Give2WV Day is for community foundations partnering with local nonprofits as a 24 Hour giving campaign on June 20, […]

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Beyond Flip Charts & Folders: Philanthropy’s Impact

Beyond Flip Charts & Folders: Philanthropy’s Impact

As you might know, 2018 marks Philanthropy West Virginia’s 25thAnniversary.  With this year, we want to tell yourstory and the impact you are making through your grantmaking, partnerships, and improving our communities and state.  Our members and peers learn so much when we tell what we are doing as they duplicate programs and projects, model […]

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Impacts of Tax Reform on WV Foundations & Nonprofits!

Impacts of Tax Reform on WV Foundations & Nonprofits!

What opportunities and challenges does the Federal Tax Reform present? While the dust is settling right now, the passage of the Tax Reform legislation by Congress will have some positive and negative impacts for philanthropy and nonprofits.  Here are some initial results as they are made available and some recommendations to your community, public grantmaking foundation, and […]

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Honoring a West Virginia Legend

Honoring a West Virginia Legend

UPDATE:  I have received details on the plans for Susan Landis’ funeral. It will be this Wednesday, July 19th – 1 PM at the Beckley Presbyterian Church, 203 So. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV.  As I have received requests from folks, I also wanted to share plans for memorial contributions for Susan.  Gifts in memory of Susan Stevenson Landis can be made to the Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St […]

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