Inside ACF
November Board Meeting

photo taken at Alex Haley Heritage Square

ACF Board members met in Knoxville this month at the historic Mabry Hazen House on Dandridge Avenue.

Back in March, Margo Miller was invited by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) to help review and give feedback on a toolkit they are developing to help foundations assess the extent to which they build, share and wield power and privilege to advance equity and justice. Catlin Fullwood facilitated the board and staff in a process to begin exploring ways ACF can wield power as a foundation in the region. You will here more about this project in the future as ACF goes through this internal assessment. You can read more about NCRP's Power Moves here.

The board enjoyed a bonfire and dinner with friends and community members during their Community Meet and Greet. And they said farewell to board member Darryl Cannady. You can read more about that below.

The highlight of some scheduled down time was a guided tour through the Beck Cultural Exchange Center led by their President, Renee Kesler.

You can see the pictures from the meeting on our Facebook page.

Longstanding Board Member Steps Down

ACF staff and board members thanked Darryl Cannady for his long and dedicated service. We've all lost count on the total number of years. Darryl first extended his service to assist with the transition of Margo Miller coming on as executive director. And extended it again to continue his services on the Funding Exchange Board during its dissolution.

Even though he is stepping down from the board, he was named Board Historian. You can watch the slide show above.

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Southern Black Girls and Women's Consortium
For far too long Black girls and their families here in Appalachia have been overlooked and invisible to much of philanthropy. ACF sees this partnership with NoVo Foundation and the Southern Black Girls & Women's Consortium as a real opportunity to lift up and bring much needed resources and attention to rural areas like the Appalachian region in support of the creativity and power of Black girls in the South.

I'm so excited ACF is a partner in this work!

You can read more about the initiative below. Follow these hashtags on social media as we begin this journey. #SouthernBlackGirls #FundBlackGirls #SouthernBlackGirlsConsortium

Peace, love, and justice,


We have 5 job announcements for behavioral health on the Stone Mountain Health

Services Facebook page and ads should be going out in the papers. For the provider positions, we will consider licensed or license-eligible Psychologists, Social Workers, and Professional Counselors.

  1. Jonesville / Western Lee BH provider for life span but someone with child/adolescent experience and training
  2. Haysi / Council life span BH provider
  3. Haysi Care Manager (probably a BSW or RN)
  4. St. Charles Black Lung BH provider
  5. Vansant Black Lung BH provider

We are anticipating some specific substance abuse grant money becoming available at some point in the future and for that funding we would look at hiring BH providers to work with Suboxone patients in St. Charles and Haysi. We do not know when that will become available – until then, the Haysi position would include substance use counseling components.

At some point, I envision trying to add Peer Support personnel, who would be supervised by the Black Lung BH providers and the substance use BH providers.

We have several Black Lung positions advertised on the Stone Mountain Facebook page and ads should be going out in the papers.

  1. Behavioral Health providers in St. Charles and Vansant
  2. BL Support Technician (data management) in St. Charles
Benefits Counselors / Lay Reps in St. Charles and Vansant
Love to bake?! Crafty?! Cheery?! We need you this Season!

  • NOV. 15TH/16TH: Annual Letter Campagin
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2019 Conference Theme:
Educate, Embrace, Appreciate:
Building Equitable and Divers Communities

The Tennessee chapter of NAME invites educators, researchers, healthcare providers, business and industry representatives, policymakers, community members, local activists, graduate students, and anyone else interested in working to build more equitable and diverse communities to be a part of the inaugural Tennessee NAME conference.

Questions? Email us at

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Join the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence on
April 14-16, 2019 at our
17th Annual Conference at the
Franklin Marriot Cool Springs in Franklin, TN.
More information coming soon at

We hope to see you there!


"Changing the Course of Health in Tennessee:

New Strategies for Access to Affordable Health Care for ALL Tennessee"

I hope you'll join us for this year for Tennessee Health Care Campaign's annual conference.

Wendell Potter, author of Deadly Spin, founder of, and Affordable Care Act expert is our keynote speaker. We also have a great line up of panel speakers to talk on issues of Medicaid, Rural Hospitals, Work Requirements, and more.

Please register soon via our registration page or call Susan Veale at 615-227-7500.


Clare Sullivan

P.S. My son did the graphic for the conference - I hope you like it! (Click for flyer)

Tennessee Health Care Campaign

1321 Murfreesboro Pike, Ste. 311, Nashville, TN 37217

The Kentucky Center for Agriculture and Rural Development’s Grant Workshop provides information about available funding programs, help applicants understand planning for grants, and work on common grant requirements.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Knox County Cooperative Extension Office

Registration: $15 per person
Includes grant guide binder and dinner for each participant 
Pre-registration required!

For more information, contact Kati Bowman at or call 859-550-3972 with questions.
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Applications for the 2019 cohort of the Ridgeway Transformative Leadership Experience are now being accepted. Ridgeway is an immersive year-long experience for leaders in Central Appalachia at any stage of life who are looking to “level up” in their personal, interpersonal, organizational and network development. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full and applicants are encouraged to apply by Monday, October 1, 2018 to ensure consideration for the 2019 cohort 

Participants are chosen with the intent that each cohort reflects multiple dimensions of diversity and experience inherent in its East Kentucky home base and the surrounding region. Ridgeway is cross-sector and intergenerational. 

Visit to find out more or contact program facilitator Carrie Brunk directly.
MACED is partnering with East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program (EKCEP) to create some great opportunities for displaced coal industry workers who want to start a new career in the energy economy. Other candidates may also be qualified as determined by EKCEP. These New Energy Internships pay well and are designed to lead either to full employment or the opportunity to start a new business in the new energy economy.
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West Virginia
Y’all Means All: Fighting Hate with Music is an event dedicated to bringing folks together to help support one cause. Did you know in the beautiful state of West Virginia, our Hate Crime and Discrimination Laws do not include the LGBTQ community? Fairness West Virginia, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy organization,is fighting tirelessly to change this.

This event was organized not only out of appreciation for their work, but also to take our own stand in this fight. All door proceeds and donations will go to Fairness West Virginia in hopes to amend the Law and bring more love to the state we call home. More details will unfold as we get closer to the event.

The Empty Glass
410 Elizabeth St, Charleston, West Virginia 25311
Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 6:30 PM – 2 AM
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Save the Date!

Mountain State Racial Justice Summit
Rekindle Power. Generate Light. Build Futures.
November 30 and December 1, 2018
West Virginia’s first racial justice conference
Location, Call for Proposals, and Registration Details TBA
Facebook Event Page
Opportunities In Central Appalachia
Stephen Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching
The Stephen L. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching honors individuals dedicated to intellectual rigor and pedagogical integrity in constructing and delivering inclusive knowledge about Appalachia and its people. Preliminary nominations must be submitted by November 20, 2018.
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New Opportunities to Volunteer with TIRRC This Year!

Do you want to get more involved with the immigrant and refugee community?
Volunteer with TIRRC! We’re excited to launch our new volunteer program.
We have many upcoming volunteer activities, including helping out at our legal workshops, English classes, and events!
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Support Appalachian Community Fund
Shop With Your Kroger Card
Did you know you can supportAppalachian Community Fund (ACF) in your community  just by shopping at Kroger? It's easy when you enroll in Kroger CommunityRewards®! To get started, sign up with your Plus Card, and select Appalachian Community Fund. Once you're enrolled, you'll earn rewards for ACF every time you shop and use your Plus Card! To use your Kroger card to support ACF.
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