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Private Foundation

These are owned by a person, a family, or a corporation, who generates revenue.  They are designed to be philanthropic in order to improve society.  They are a 501(c)3 because their donations go to help society, therefore their donations are tax deductible, and they are responsible to its members and the general public.  Unlike a Community Foundation, income typically comes from the person, family, etc. who are the founders.  

Community Foundation

As a 501(c)3, a Community Foundation does have responsibility to its members and the general public.  Like minded people, clubs, and businesses all come together to fix market failures and social problems that the public sector can't seem to get done.  The key difference in a Social Enterprise 501(c)3 and a Community Foundation is that the latter is much more philanthropic and relies more on donations and interests from investments than generating revenue from services.    

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American Planning Association Foundation

Appalachian Wildlife Foundation

Wing 2 Wing Foundation (Private)

Alys and Brad D. Smith founded The Wing 2 Wing Foundation to support the underserved talent in the heart of Appalachia. 

Eastern KY

Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky

Blue Grass Community Foundation (Central and Appalachia)

Jesse Stuart Foundation Bookstore (Ashland)

Pallottine Foundation of Huntington  (Boyd, Carter, Floyd, Greenup, Johnson, Lawrence, Martin, and Pike)

Western NC

Blowing Rock Community Foundation, Inc

Northeastern TN

Niswonger Foundation


The Community Foundation of the New River Valley

Mountain Empire Community College Foundation

Napoleon Hill Foundation  (Wise County)

Southwest Virginia Community College Educational Foundation, Inc

The Ralph Foundation (Health and Education)

Roanoke Outside Foundation

The Alleghany Foundation

Southern WV

Pallottine Foundation of Huntington (Boone, Cabell, Kanawha, Lincoln, Logan, Mason, Mingo, western Putnam, and Wayne)

Country Roads Angel Network

All 55 Counties.  

Marshall University Foundation

The Brad D. Smith Foundation (Private)

Bernard McDonough Foundation (55 counties, plus Washington County Ohio)

Beckley Area Foundation

The Ross Foundation (Mid-Ohio Valley Region)

Roy And Gwen Steeley Foundation (investing in Education in WV)

United Methodist Foundation of West Virginia

Encova Foundation of West Virginia

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

Sweet Springs Resort Park Foundation, Inc.

The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation

Serving West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania since it was established in 1944 by Michael and Sarah Benedum. Grants are made to support specific initiatives in the areas of Education, Economic Development, Health and Human Services, and Community Development.

Forks of Coal Foundation 

The Foundation’s mission is to maintain, conserve, protect and enhance the Forks of Coal State Natural Area by providing leadership in communication, funding, advocacy and conservation education for children and the community.

Philanthropy West Virginia

Philanthropy WV members include private and family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations and giving programs, health funders and other types of grantmakers.


The Walking Miracles Family Foundation

exists to connect caregivers, families and survivors impacted by childhood, adolescent and young adult cancer to resources and referral networks and to help defray the cost of travel during the cancer journey -- the primary barrier to care in West Virginia.

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