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CFOV awards field of interest grants

WHEELING — The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has awarded grants totaling $27,022 to 12 organizations.

The grants, which support nonprofits through the region, are made possible through the foundation’s field of interest funds. These funds were established by donors who had an affinity for an area of focus or location, rather than a specific organization, and entrusted the foundation to identify beneficiaries. By design, field of interest funds can provide responsive opportunities which allows foundation staff to use knowledge of community needs when making grant recommendations. Honoring the charitable intention and structure of each fund is required.

Given the ongoing challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, foundation officials view these grant awards as a way to support organizations continually working provide services and improvements across the foundation’s eight-county service area. And while not every field of interest fund is directed toward an organization directly facing COVID-19 challenges, the totality of the work being done represents broad dedication, strength and resiliency for which the region is known.

“In these uncertain times, it is the right time to be supporting organizations through our field of interest funds. We know our communities will be experiencing new and increasing needs and our ability to respond and provide support has never been more important,” shared Susie Nelson, foundation executive director.

Funds and grantees include:

¯ The Jefferson County Fund is for the benefit of organizations in Jefferson County. The Ohio Valley Health Center will receive $400 to support its mission to provide health care to uninsured and underinsured Jefferson County residents.

¯ The Joseph and Marilyn Fraker Animal Care Fund is for the benefit of animal protection in Marshall, Ohio and Wetzel counties.The Marshall County Animal Rescue League, Ohio County SPCA and Friends of Wetzel County Animal Shelter will each receive $2,600 to support spay/neuter programs.

¯ The Kenneth R. Dennis Fund is for the benefit of Ohio Valley organizations serving children in ways that encourage positive development. Crittenton Services will receive $2,400 and Oglebay Institute and the Wheeling YMCA will each receive $2,000 to support programming.

¯ The Kathryn B. Snively Fund is for the benefit of Belmont County residents in need. The Salvation Army of Bellaire will receive $2,063 to support programs and services.

¯ The Marilyn A. Collett Memorial Fund is for the benefit of general charitable purposes in Sistersville. The Tyler County Family Resource Network will receive $3,729 to support families and children through programs and services.

¯ The MGC Fund is intended to support the needs of area pre-teen children. The Gabriel Project of West Virginia will receive $1,518 to support programs and services benefiting families with young children in the Northern Panhandle.

¯ The Margaret Dankworth Memorial Fund supports historic preservation in Belmont County. The Bellaire Volunteer Fire Department will receive $3,100 to support ongoing infrastructure improvements to the city park, which also is home to a number of memorials and monuments.

The Williams Fund is for the benefit of organizations working to fulfill basic human needs of children. The House of the Carpenter will receive $2,012 to carry out this work through its programs and services.

In addition to the field of interest grants, CFOV will be supporting area organizations through its Emergency Impact Fund. This fund was launched in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and will provide operating grants to nonprofits in the Foundation’s service area through a simplified competitive process. Fundraising is underway and gifts to the fund can be made at any time. Donations are tax-deductible and the fund gives those wishing to support the critical work being done by nonprofits a convenient way to make a difference.

Contributions to the Emergency Impact Fund can be made by making a check payable to CFOV, with Emergency Impact Fund in the memo line, and mailing to 1226 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV 26003. Online contributions can be made by visiting cfov.org and clicking on the red “donate” button at the top of the page.

For information about the foundation’s grantmaking, call (304) 242-3144, or e-mail director@cfov.org.

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