December 2019
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Don’t miss the 2020 gathering of grantmakers committed to LGBTQ issues.
March 25 - 27, 2020
Funding Forward brings together more than 200 of the most influential LGBTQ funders and movement leaders to connect with one another, learn from each other, coordinate their efforts, and maximize their impact.
Matching Grant
We have a wonderful matching grant opportunity for every new and increased donation to our LGBTQ Fund! Even if you can't come to the House Party or other events we're having in the region, you can still donate today or sign up to be a recurring donor to the fund.
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The Anchors
LaTosha Brown, TruthSpeaks Consulting, Felicia L. Lucky, Black Belt Community Foundation, Margo Miller, ACF, and Alice Eason Jenkins, Fund for Southern Communities.
The Consortium
Meet some of the women of the Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium. These ladies are LISTENING to BLACK GIRLS in the SOUTH to shift the narrative!!! #blackgirljoy #blackgirlsdream #fundblackgirl #sbgwc
The Work
Watch this short video highlighting some of the work we did in Montgomery at SBGWC September Convening - Make Money Move: Coalition Building Through Grantmaking.
Have you heard? We're hiring for a Black Lung Organizer position at ACLC. (Hint: Instead of clicking the button below that says "Apply Now", send us an email at jobs@aclc.org with a cover letter, resume, and three references.)
Please click the link below for more information
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Ijams is well known for educational programs for children and families, but did you know there are programs JUST FOR ADULTS? The Tennessee Naturalist Program and the Ijams Hiking Club are exclusively for older teens and adults.

Want to be more active outdoors?Hiking Club 2020 registration goes live TODAY! There also are a few spots left in the 2020 Tennessee Naturalist Program, so register for one or both, and look forward to a new year full of fun at Ijams with like-minded peers. (And if you're an Ijams member, you'll get a great discount!)
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Join the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence May 31-June 5, 2020 for the annual Senator Tommy Burks Victim Assistance Academy in Chattanooga, TN.

The Academy is a comprehensive basic level training designed for victim service providers and those in allied professions, including prosecutor's offices, law enforcement, child advocacy centers, and other agencies. The goal of the Academy is to improve services to crime victims by enhancing the knowledge and skills of victim advocates. This week-long session will offer a Tennessee-specific 40 hour curriculum modeled after the National Victim Assistance Academy.The training addresses issues specific to Tennessee crime victims and offers people who are new to the field of victim advocacy opportunities to expand their skills and knowledge of Tennessee law by learning from experts and each other.

More information coming soon at www.tncoalition.org and on our social media platforms.


On behalf of Volunteer East Tennessee, I am excited to share that nominations for the Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards are open.This award is the highest honor a volunteer can receive in the state of Tennessee.

Volunteer East Tennessee is coordinating nominations for the following counties in East Tennessee: Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, and Sevier.

One adult and one student (under age 25) volunteer from each county will be honored at the Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards in Franklin, TN on February 9, 2020. All nominated volunteers will also be invited to the East Tennessee Volunteer Recognition Awards in Knoxville, TN on April 4, 2020.

Feel free to share this information with any individuals or organizations within your community that may also be interested in nominating a volunteer. Nominations are open to all and are due by November 15, 2019.


Please do not hesitate to respond to this email or call us at (865) 582-4085 with any questions!


Save the Date!

Join the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence

on March 30-31, 2020

for our 12th RPE Institute at the
Embassy Suites in Franklin, TN.

More information coming soon at www.tncoalition.org
We hope to see you there!


The Morning Rotary Club of Marion, Virginia

Invites Picker’s and Listeners to come and enjoy music and fellowship!

Free to all!

•Every Monday (no matter what)

•Pickin' starts at 6pm

•Coffee and drinks

by Marion Morning Rotary Club

Brad's Tasty Dawgs!

We are VERY excited to have Brad Mullins, Owner of Brad's Tasty Dawgs offering a variety of hot dogs and drinks beginning at our next Monday Night Jam!

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Opportunity Appalachia is a three-state program (WV, OH, and VA) that will provide technical assistance resources of up to $50,000 (each) to up to 5 West Virginia-based communities, projects, and/or developers located in Opportunity Zones. At this Summit, we will share detailed information on Opportunity Appalachia, provide project-relevant training on strategies to move Opportunity Zone projects to investment readiness, and launch the application process for the program funding.
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The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity’s (http://effing.org) mission is to support sex-positivity, particularly art and/or education that addresses sex directly.

They’re trying to fund projects around sex that no other org will fund, particularly focusing on funding people with (multiple) marginalized identities.

In their first two years, they’ve made over $100k in grants to 14 groups and projects across the US (https://www.effing.org/grantees).

The first step in their process is an online survey that will be going live on May 1 on https://www.effing.org/grants ; they have lots of information available through our FAQ at https://www.effing.org/grants_faq .

If there's anyone in your community doing sex-positive activism, please pass this info along. If you have any other questions about their org or the grant program, you can contact 'Kit Stubbs' kstubbs@effing.org.


REAP to Fund Rural Energy Projects

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems and energy efficiency improvements. This program helps improve American energy independence by both increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers. Funding for Fiscal Year 2020 is available in a variety of forms, each under its own application process and timeline. Grant applications are due October 31, 2019 and March 31, 2020. Applications for loan guarantees are accepted year-round.

Funds may be used for renewable energy systems, such as biomass (biodiesel and ethanol, anaerobic digesters, and solid fuels); geothermal for electric generation or direct use; hydropower below 30 MW; hydrogen; small and large wind generation; small and large solar generation; and ocean (tidal, current, thermal) generation. With regard to transportation, REAP funds may be used for solar-assisted electric vehicle charging stations. Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation, and construction of energy efficiency improvements, such as high efficiency heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC); insulation; lighting; cooling or refrigeration units; doors and windows; electric, solar, or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots; switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor; and replacement of energy-inefficient equipment.

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The International Storytelling Center is Hiring!

The International Storytelling Center, based in Jonesborough, Tennessee, is seeking a Public Humanities Coordinator for Freedom Stories. Freedom Stories, a new initiative of the Center, "brings together professional storytellers, humanities scholars and audiences in the Central Appalachian region for direct dialogues in a series of bridge-building, forward-looking planning sessions, public discussions and resource development initiatives."

They will be accepting cover letter applications through December 30. Find out more about the position and how to apply below.

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We are excited to announce G4GC as its own entity, fiscally sponsored at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and we need G4GC’s first Executive Director/Co-Directors. We are looking for amazing and visionary leadership who will take G4GC to the next level.
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New National Giving Circle Initiative has a new full time job opening for an Executive Director!

This Executive Director (ED) will build and oversee a three-person team as they refine, adapt, and execute a defined five-year strategy to grow and strengthen the giving circle movement across the US. The ED will be the main voice and strategic visionary of the initiative; will oversee staff, budget, and operations; will create and sustain key partnerships; and will be accountable for the overall success of this ambitious effort. The ED will work closely with the board, funders, outside consultants, and the field of giving circles at large. Global Impact, a leading nonprofit offering backbone support for the philanthropic sector, is providing fiscal sponsorship and operational support to the initiative.  
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We are looking for an Executive Director who can lead the organization with a vision of building on EHP’s array of assessments, interventions and insights to protect communities whose health is impacted by shale gas and oil development.
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 Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, a statewide grassroots social justice organization, is accepting applications for a Community Organizer position in Eastern Kentucky.
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In case you missed it last month, WE ARE HIRING! Rockwood continues to grow, and we’re looking for passionate, hardworking, joyful people interested in supporting leaders to transform themselves, their...
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Chorus Network Officer Position, Eastern Kentucky

As the Chorus Foundation enters the final five years of its spend down, Foundation staff will be shifting more of their attention to influencing philanthropy towards supporting a just transition. At the same time, Foundation staff realize that each of the communities where Chorus is invested could benefit from additional time commitment--to strengthen connections with local philanthropy and with national philanthropy interested in Eastern Kentucky and to coordinate the Foundation’s local grant making, among other tasks.

The Foundation is hiring four Network Officers, one each based in Alaska, Buffalo, Eastern Kentucky, and Richmond. Each Network Officer is envisioned, at least initially, as a half-time position that includes medical insurance. There are three major areas of responsibilities:
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Rural Action’s community development approach is the result of decades of careful work to increase local control over the region’s rich assets and to give power to the people who are committed to this place, whether for generations or new arrivals. Appalachian Ohio is still recovering from the effects of extractive industries, especially coal mining, which declined by the mid-twentieth century. Such industries, including timber and vertical oil and well drilling – and their decline – resulted in widespread environmental degradation, unemployment, population loss, and weak economies that persist to this day. A new wave of extraction in the form of hydraulic fracturing overlays new industrialization onto a pattern of disempowerment and disinvestment.

Please click the link below to learn about job opportunities.
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Highlander is HIRING for the following position:

Narrow Ridge Seeks Part-Time
Buildings, Grounds, and Systems Manager
Narrow Ridge Center is seeking a part-time, onsite staff person with managerial, electrical, and general handyperson skills who embraces our mission of Earth literacy and ongoing vision of building a living demonstration of a sustainable community in beautiful, northern Grainger County, Tennessee. This position requires an average of 25 hours per week in exchange for $12 per hour and modest housing accommodations. Send resumes to Narrow Ridge, 1936 Liberty Hill Rd, Washburn, TN 37888, and share this information with anyone that you believe to be interested and qualified. Please contact Mitzi at 865-497-3603 or community@narrowridge.org for additional information.
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