Philanthropy WV’s Team including (front l-r): Board Member Sue Sergi, Program & Engagement Coordinator Hilaria Swisher, and Operations Assistant Kate Leary; back row (l-r): President & CEO Paul D. Daugherty, and RCDI Program Director Dr. Tasha Anderson.
The West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNPA) announced its 2019 WV Nonprofit Excellence Awards announced during their Fifth Annual West Virginia Nonprofit Leadership Summit. The leadership summit is hosted in partnership with Volunteer West Virginia and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation on September 25 – 26 in Charleston at the Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center.
A highlight of the Summit Opening was the presentation of three West Virginia Nonprofit Excellence Awards sponsored by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. The WV Nonprofit Excellence Awards were created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of West Virginia nonprofit organizations and increase awareness of the impact of the nonprofit sector in communities throughout the state. Awards were given in three categories: small organizations, medium-sized organizations, and large organizations, according to budget size.
The medium-sized organization award went to Philanthropy West Virginia, the statewide philanthropy network based in Morgantown. As a unique leadership organization, the only one of its kind in West Virginia, Philanthropy WV advances its mission of “Strengthening philanthropy in the Mountain State”. Philanthropy WV has over 80 private, family, corporate, and community foundation and United Way members. Last year, their programs engaged over 500 participants and 90 partners from a variety of communities, organizations, and issue-based groups
“Philanthropy WV is deeply honored and humbled for being recognized by the WVNPA for our landmark work,” says Paul D. Daugherty, president and CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia. He added, “This award is due to the tremendous work of our staff, board members, 80 plus members, and 90 partners who ensure that West Virginia has thriving communities, due in part, to a strong and vibrant philanthropic sector.”
Two other recipients included Large-sized organization is Mountaineer Food Bank and the Small-sized organization is Coal River Group.
WVNPA Executive Director Laura Lee Haddad was impressed with the field of applicants for this year’s awards. “Everyone on the selection committee was excited about the caliber of applications we received this year,” Haddad remarked. “It’s just a small example of the great work that nonprofits do in this state.”