About the 9th Annual Gathering
Strong Roots, New Branches: Transition in Action
April 24 – 26, 2018
Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville
849 Hambley Blvd.
About the Network
The Appalachia Funders Network is a funder-led initiative with a membership of over 48 national, regional, and local funding organizations. We work to accelerate an equitable Appalachian transition by convening and connecting funders for learning, analysis, and collaboration. Our work is focused in Central Appalachia, the region we define as the Appalachian counties of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and all of West Virginia. To learn more, visit: www.appalachiafunders.org
About the Gathering
This annual meeting is a space for learning and analysis, where members build trust and relationships, expand their connections, develop lasting partnerships, and align their investment strategies to accelerate large scale change across Central Appalachia.
The main day of the Gathering will offer the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning journeys in the heart of Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia coal country. Here we’ll see examples of asset-based economic development across fields of technology, health care, arts, agriculture, energy & natural resources, all in some of the hardest hit areas of the country.
Who Should Attend?
The Gathering is open to funders, financial institution representatives, and federal agency personnel who invest or are interested in investing in the transition of Central Appalachia. The Network’s dues paying members receive a $100 discount on the Gathering registration fee. If you are a non-dues-paying member, we encourage you to attend to (1) learn about the powerful work that’s being done in Appalachia (2) strengthen your connections to other funders, (3) better understand how the Network can help further your mission, and (4) connect to innovative initiatives within our working groups.
In addition to funders and investors, a small number nonprofit practitioners will be invited to attend one day of the Gathering to help to help deepen our analysis and understanding of the opportunities and challenges ahead. We’ll also interact with practitioners on learning journeys. Otherwise, the Gathering will focus on funder-to-funder interactions.
Still not sure if the Gathering is for you? Email the firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.