September 2013
Inside Appalachian Community Fund!
ACF To Assess Regional Needs

As you all know, the Appalachian Community Fund (ACF) has been supporting social change work in the region since 1987. It has been an honor to partner in the critical work that you all do on the ground. In order for ACF to stay current with the changing needs, challenges and accomplishments taking place in your communities, it is critical that we have opportunities to hear from you.

In 2012 we conducted a survey that began to explore the landscape and to determine how ACF was doing in responding to your needs for funding and technical assistance. The New York Community Trust is providing an opportunity to build on this survey and to deepen our understanding of the current climate in order to plan for the future funding and capacity building needs of our grantee partners.

To that end we will be engaging in an assessment that will include the following components:

  • an analysis of ACF's giving patterns over the past 5 years;
  • an environmental scan of the current state of social change and social challenge in the region;
  • a survey of our grantee partners regarding the critical issues and changing trends you are seeing;
  • a series of small convenings to plan together about future capacity building efforts;
  • and a series of interviews with stakeholders regarding ACF's impact on the social change work in the region.

We are very excited to have this opportunity to engage with you in this learning process and hope you will take the time to fill out the survey that will be coming your way in October. It will be sent out electronically and in paper form by mail to all our past and present grantee partners. We look forward to hearing from you and thank you for all your transformational work over the past 26 years.


Mark Your Calendars!

Join us in Celebrating and Strengthening Work for Social Justice

in Central Appalachia with Bluegrass and BBQ at the

9th Annual New York City Benefit for Appalachian Community Fund.

BBQ and all the fixin's will be served

and there will be live music by Cornbred.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

7 PM to 9 PM

The Sky Lounge

635 West 42nd Street

New York, New York

Tickets are $95 per person

Click here to buy a ticket, become a sponsor or to make a donation.

To Charge by Phone or for More Information:

Please call 865.523.5783

Visit our website www.appalachiancommunityfund.org for more details or to make a donation.



DREAM of the month

What are Your Dreams for Appalachia...?

"That we have successfully created a diversified economy, led by those from the region."

In early 2013, we conducted a survey from our e-newsletter, Twitter and Facebook subscribers and asked what your dreams are for the next 25 years in Appalachia. We will highlight at least one of your responses every month.

The survey is still open, so you can continue to share your dreams for the region. Simply follow the link under WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? We will highlight at least one here every month and in other social media.

News From the Region

Appalachian Studies Association 37th Annual Conference

Call for Proposals

Have you thought of coming to an Appalachian Studies Conference but didn't because you can't play a fiddle? Never really thought of yourself as an "Appalachianophile" because quilting just wasn't your thing? Appalachian Studies Conferences are rich, interdisciplinary events that explore and honor traditions of Appalachia while at the same time making unblinking appraisals of all that is present-day Appalachia. As always, the 2014 conference will have something for everyone with an interest in the region, including artists, musicians, activists, and academicians. The time has never been better to experience this energizing annual event. Plan to join us in conversation about the past, present, and future of our region and our organization. Who knows? You might even pick up a dulcimer. Please click here for a full description of the conference highlights and other information. Registration for the 2014 conference can be accessed by clicking the registration button on the left hand side. All submissions for presentations must be submitted electronically. No other formats will be accepted. The electronic submission form can be accessed by clicking the electronic submission button on the left hand side. Submissions will be accepted from September 1 through October 15. No late submissions will be reviewed. A limited number of scholarships are available for those attending the conference who may be in need of assistance. Please click here for more details.

Community Leadership Academy

West Virginia University, October 3-4, 2013

The theme of this year's conference is"Working Together: Civic-minded citizens, leaders, and officials working collaboratively to build vibrant communities." The conference will offer two tracks: Community Leadership and Local Government Leadership. The attendees will also study, entrepreneurship & job creation, tourism, land use, board development, and planning. The Local Government Leadership track will include sessions about economic development trends, cyber security, ethics, funding, and come together for plenary sessions. Community Leadership sessions will include strategic strategies, human resources, and emergency preparedness. Presenters will include local experts as well as nationally recognized leaders. The 2013 information, schedule, registration, speakers, location, & planned extra activities are NOW all available click here.
The Women of Appalachian

Women of Appalachia: Sisters in STEM Conference

October 17 & 18, 2013

Tentative agenda and registration is now online! The keynote speaker for this year's conference is Dr. Sharon Denham, Professor of Nursing at Ohio University. Dr. Denham is a renowned and dedicated scientist, nurse scholar and educator leading research and community efforts to promote and advocate for family health in Appalachian Ohio. Over the years she has led and conducted a number of research studies with Appalachian populations about topics related to family health issues including, bereavement, abuse and violence, tobacco use, and family routines. Her current work focuses on diabetes prevention in Appalachia. For more information click here.

Job Opportunities in Central Appalachia

West Virginia Center for Civic Life

Join the Team

Is looking for a team member to work with in a statewide dialogue-to-action initiative: The person who fills this VISTA position will help build a stronger West Virginia, while gaining valuable professional experience in working with leaders throughout the state in media, nonprofits, faith communities, education, business, and government. Primary responsibilities are outreach and communication with statewide project partners and local community teams, including: project-related workshops and statewide training events; newsletter, emails, webinars, website content, and online dialogues; outreach to dialogue participants throughout the state; communication system for project partners and local dialogue-to-action teams
For more information or to apply forthe position contact Marta Pate 304.414.445, mpate@stepbystepwv.org.

Kentucky Environmental Foundation

Advocacy & Outreach Coordinator

The Kentucky Environmental Foundation (KEF) is hiring for a part-time Advocacy and Outreach Coordinator, for fossil fuels and clean energy organizing in Kentucky. The ideal candidate for this position will posses excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and electronic communication skills; background in community and/or coalition organizing; basic understanding of fossil fuels and clean energy landscape and the policies and regulations that shape it; fluency in basic computer programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Power Point), file sharing (e.g. Googledoc), and social media (e.g. Facebook); self-motivation and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. We seek someone who is committed to protecting the environment and public health, using precaution in decision making, and who values collaboration and partnership with a wide range of organizations, institutions, individual perspectives and areas of expertise. Also necessary are a sense of humor and the ability to not take oneself too seriously. Minimum educational requirement: 4-year college degree. Educational background in policy, health, science, economics or communications is preferable but not required. Click here for the job announcement, requirements and details on how to apply. If you're interested, please respond by September 20, 2013.

VISTA position open at West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition

Apply Now

The West Virginia Food & Farm Coalition (WVFFC) is seeking applicants for an OSM/VISTA position at its office in Oak Hill, WV. Responsibilities include assisting with buyer-grower networking events, assisting with project efforts related to school gardens and improved food access, researching local food grants and opportunities for our newsletter, and working closely with the WVFFC Director on a variety of other projects. The VISTA will be part of a statewide network and will work with many different people and organizations who care about local food. This is a great entry-level opportunity for someone who wants to start a career helping farmers and food businesses, building local food systems, or improving access to healthy local food. For further details click here.

The Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies

Two Positions Available
The Margaret A. Cargill (MAC) Philanthropies is looking for talent! MAC Philanthropies encompasses three different grantmaking organizations: Akaloa Resource Foundation, Anne Ray Charitable Trust and the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Collectively, these organizations are dedicated to providing meaningful assistance and support to society, the arts and the environment. This exciting, fast-growing organization is located in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Qualified and interested parties should apply via the MAC online application system by clicking here.

Program Associate - Arts and Cultures
Provide program, grant and evaluation support for the Program Director and Program Officers within the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation's Arts & Cultures programs. Gather timely and accurate information from grantees and other sources, prepare proposals and reports, and input and retrieve information to and from the grants management information system. A track record of working with and demonstrating considerable expertise in using GIFTs by MicroEdge software. The ideal candidate for this position will possess a strong interest in philanthropy and will bring familiarity with the grantmaking process, database management, and one or more of the Arts & Cultures subprogram areas.

The Margaret A. Cargill Foundation's Arts & Cultures Program consists of four subprogram areas: Native Arts & Cultures, Arts Education, Folk Arts & Cultures, and Music Education. Each subprogram is at a different stage of development. Geographic focus, to date, for Arts & Cultures is primarily in the Upper Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest.

Accounting Manager - Investments
Manage the financial reporting, transaction processing and other day-to-day finance and accounting functions with respect to investment portfolios to deliver timely and accurate financial statements of high quality. Perform special financial projects including assisting with planning and analysis to improve finance function capacity for accounting for investments while addressing changing needs of the organizations.

Funding Opportunities

Apartments.com Expands Efforts to Combat Homelessness

Kicks-Off Inaugural Help for Homeless Grant Program

Apartments.com is launching a new Help for Homeless Grant Program to support not-for-profit homeless service providers in the United States. There is an overwhelming need for more than 3 million people who experience homelessness each year - the need for a helping hand; a warm bed; a hot meal to eat; or a safe place for kids to learn and play. The Apartments.com Help for Homeless grant program will support the programmatic or operational expenses of organizations directly benefiting the homeless population, with grants ranging from $500 to $10,000 per organization (totaling up to $100,000). For more details click here.

Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowships 2013-2014

Berea College

The Fellowship program now has two purposes. Continuing as in the past, one is to encourage the scholarly use of Berea's existing non-commercial audio / video collections. The other, new for 2013-1014, is to support new documentation projects that produce primary source material of lasting value for future research use in the Berea College Archives. Awards in support of either type of research are for one month with stipends of $3,000. For more details click here.
Berea College PartnerCorps
Recruiting in Knox County

PartnerCorps, a new Berea College sponsored AmeriCorps program, is now recruiting 40 members to serve in Kentucky, in Leslie and Knox counties. Members serve together in teams, mentor high school students, connect with families, and serve as college guides. In exchange for 10 months of service, all PartnerCorps members receive AmeriCorps benefits: a living allowance, an education award, health benefits, and childcare assistance, if eligible. For more information, visit our website www.partners.berea.edu/partnercorps. Apply by sending your resume with cover letter to partnercorps@berea.edu.


Highlander Homecoming

Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22, 2013

From the Civil Rights Movement to the Rebuilding of Our Communities and the Next American Revolution with guest of honor, Grace Lee Boggs Our region is rocking! Come rock at Highlander with folks on the ground from around the region, country and world as we learn, share, connect, energize, strategize, and act. Longtime organizer, activist, and author Grace Lee Boggs will be the guest of honor for the weekend. Along with Grace, will be joined by historian and writer Robin D. G. Kelley; Jeanne Theoharis, author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks; and Rev. Nelson and Joyce Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, NC; Ethan Hamblin of STAY; and many more! The weekend will include a special People's Movement Assembly on a new U.S. Constitution presented by Move to Amend, plenaries, small and large-group discussions, workshops, author-activist talks, food, celebrations of the 50th anniversaries of Civil Rights milestones, a screening of the film American Revolutionary, music by Knoxville's R&B/Soul group Aftah Party, and more. For more details click here.

Fall Folk Arts Festival

Exchange Place

September 28th and 29th and admission is only $1.00. We anticipate another perfect autumn weekend this year. The historic valley farmstead bustles with activity by vendors, demonstrators, bakers, and kettle corn makers! The Brunswick stew and apple butter kettles over the open fire yields a distinctive and inviting aroma to the grounds. Music filled the air throughout the weekend from the community band, dulcimer players, and bluegrass bands, The harvest market includes a colorful array of corn, pumpkins, and squash. Many heritage craftspeople demonstrate the "necessities of the 1850's" - vegetable dyeing, quilting, basketmaking, ropemaking, chairmaking, caning, whittling, blacksmithing, weaving, spinning, pottery, hearth side cooking, soap making, apple cider squeezing, and hand made toys - to name a few. Cotswold sheep are fed and petted; Zack and Elliott, the team of Suffolk horses, pull the large three seater station wagon; the Durham cows bawl in the paddock, and the chickens try to hide. Read more here.

The 17th AnnualCommunity Shares Knoxville Brewers' Jam
Save the Jam Date

The 17th Annual Knoxville Brewers' Jam will be held Saturday, October 12, 2013 the World's Fair Park in Knoxville, TN. We'll be celebrating great handmade American craft beer, music, and food. The festival, brought to you by and benefiting Community Shares of Tennessee, is held during the glorious East Tennessee autumn in the jewel-like setting of the World's Fair Park South Performance Lawn. You'll enjoy unlimited samples from craft brewers pouring fresh beers of every taste, color, strength, and style. Click here to learn more.

2013 Conference: "Echoes of Emancipation"

One Region, Many Stories

"Echoes of Emancipation" presented by the African-American Heritage Alliance of East Tennessee (AAHA) will be a two day conference October 4-5, 2013 using visual and performing artists, local and nationally known historians, students in local schools, and community panels drawn from the African American community in East Tennessee to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Emancipation and explore the ways in which black families and communities in East Tennessee built themselves up in the years after Emancipation. This conference builds on our very successful 2011 Conference in Knoxville which combined academic sessions with cultural events to engage a diverse audience in our work. For more information and tentative conference schedule click here.

UT Knoxville's 2013 OUTstanding Seminar Exploring LGBTIQ Diversity

Axes of Identity: Exploring Intersections of Diversity

Saturday, October 26, 8:30am - 6:30pm, keynote by Robyn Ochs, author of Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World and of Bi Women. Trans panel presented by Marisa Richmond of the TN Transgender Political Coalition. Closing performance by spoken-word poet and author Stacyann Chin, co-writer and performer in the Tony Award winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam. The seminar is interdisciplinary. Subjects for intersections may include age, race, ethnicity, colorism, language, dialect, nationality, geography, class and privilege, Appalachian and rural culture, sex/gender, women's studies, men's studies and masculinities, gender and transgender identities, gender expression and drag, sexuality, sexual orientations, conflicts within the LGBTIQ spectrum, communications and media, cultural studies, history, hybridity, religion and philosophy, law and public policy, rhetoric, social and economic justice, social science approaches, human development, education, medicine, health and wellness, abilities/disabilities, science and technology, theory, the university experience, and more.

Proposals from local and non-local, academic and non-academic presenters welcome. For more info, to view 2011 and 2012 presenters, or to download a proposal form:

https://outstandingseminar.wordpress.com/submit-a-proposal/ Contact: Cat Miller crmiller90@gmail.com

7th Annual High Knob Naturalist Rally

September 28th at Bark Camp Lake

The 7th Annual High Knob Naturalist Rally is set for Saturday, September 28th, at Bark Camp Lake. Located in the heart of the Jefferson National Forest, this free event celebrates the natural world with a full day of fun and educational hikes, workshops, and programs for all ages. New sessions will be provided along with several favorites from last year, including Mitch Whitaker from the Raptor Rehabilitation Center in Kentucky, and a Salamander and Reptile Hike led by UVA-Wise Professor Wally Smith. Back by popular demand, we will once again host a pre-rally 5k trail run along the Lakeshore Trail. More information is available here.

West Virginia

Film Screening Discusses a Post Coal Economy


Oak Hill, West Virginia - Filmmaker Tom Hansell from Appalachian State University will present clips from his documentary in progress After Coal: Welsh and Appalachian Mining Communities at the SALS Historic Oak Hill School (140 School Street) on Friday, October 4th at 2 pm and 7pm. During the presentation Hansell will screen a series of short film clips, beginning with documentation of a historic exchange between coal miners in central Appalachia and South Wales fromthe 1970's, and ending with more recent stories of change in coal mining regions. During the 1980's the Welsh coalfields lost 20,000 mining jobs and communities were forced to adapt to a new economy. Hansell will share stories of change in Wales as part of his presentation. "I started this project to discover how mining communities survive after the industry that has built them has gone" Hansell says, adding "one thing I've learned is that there are no easy answers." Stories of community survival in Wales offer many parallels to southern West Virginia, where thousands of mining jobs have been lost in recent years. The audience is invited to share ideas about how to build a sustainable future in the Appalachian Coalfields. This free public screening is sponsored by the Southern Appalachian Labor School. The overall project is a collaborative partnership that includes SALS , Appalachian State University, and the West Virginia Humanities Council. For more information contact SALS at 304.465.9732 or sals@citynet.net

Standards for Excellence: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector

October 1-2, 2013 Marshall County FRN

The West Virginia Community Development Hub is proud to partner with the Standards for Excellence Institute® to offer the Standards for Excellence® Program to the nonprofit sector in the State of West Virginia. Why is Nonprofit Development important? The West Virginia Community Development Hub recognizes that nonprofit organizations often underpin the work of community development in West Virginia. Creating that capacity starts internally with a commitment to be the best organization we can. We are pleased to offer a comprehensive tool for moving that commitment towards increased capacity. Read all the details here.

Fairness, West Virginia

2013 Fairness Conference & Gala

Save the Date

The 2013 Fairness Conference & Gala will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, in Charleston, WV. All conference events will take place at the Charleston Civic Center and will begin at 8:00 am, while the Gala will once again be held at the Cultural Center located on the Capitol complex. The Gala will begin at 6:00 pm. In 2012, a record was set for the number of people who attended this event - and the hope is to see that record broken in 2013! Mark this date down on your calendar - in your phone - on your computer - and anywhere else that keeps you organized. Tell your friends and family to come and get ready to have a great time with fellow supporters of the LGBT movement here in our state.Click here for more information.

Create West Virginia 2013 Conference
The Future

Help create new innovative economy opportunities in West Virginia! Can innovation and entrepreneurship take root in Appalachia and transform empty post-Industrial Era boom-towns into sustainable, creative, prosperous communities? Can creative communities, companies and campuses embrace sustainable energy, e-commerce and progressive new ways to learn, earn and connect people? Yes! It's happening all over West Virginia. But it needs YOUR support to keep growing. Click here for more details.

Enewsletters From Central Appalachia

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Ways to Give
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About Us

To get involved contact Margo Miller via email margo@appalachiancommunityfund.org or by phone 865-523-5783. Thank you for your continued support of ACF and Central Appalachia. Here's to another 25 years of Change, Not Charity!

Mission Statement
The Appalachian Community Fund funds and encourages grassroots social change in Central Appalachia. ACF works to build a sustainable base of resources to support community-led organizations seeking to overcome and address issues of race, economic status, gender, sexual identity, and disability. As a community-controlled fund, ACF offers leadership to expand and strengthen the movement for social change through its practices and policies.
Over 25 Years Working for Social Change
Since its founding in 1987, ACF has awarded over $6 million for community organizing and social justice work to more than 300 grassroots organizations in Central Appalachia. Out motto - Change, Not Charity - reflects our vision to support social change organizing and our conviction that, by networking and partnering with organizations working to address the root causes of social, racial, economic and environmental problems facing Central Appalachia every day, we can create more just, equitable healthy communities with opportunities for every one. ACF has had a significant impact in our region. Please visit success stories and current grantees to find out more.

Appalachian Community Fund
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