Connecting donors to projects that speak to their hearts.

FAO’s Cause Connector makes it easier than ever to support the causes and communities closest to your heart. And with every gift you make, you are helping to meet the greatest needs and unleash the incredible potential within the communities of Appalachian Ohio.

Cause Connector was created with both today and tomorrow in mind. Half of each gift supports a project of your choosing today. The other half is invested in the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio’s I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund, an endowment designed to grow long-lasting and sustainable resources that can support similar projects in the future. In this way, Cause Connector ensures that your gift makes a difference right away, and continues making a difference for generations to come.

The I’m a Child of Appalachia® Fund

FAO’s I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund pursues the greatest needs and most promising opportunities across our communities by supporting projects across five areas crucial to quality of life in Appalachian Ohio, what we call the Pillars of Prosperity. Filter by your favorite Pillar below to find the project closest to your heart today, and to support similar projects through the I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund tomorrow.

Arts & Culture Arts & Culture
Arts & Culture Help our communities and the people who call them home access an abundance of arts and culture opportunities. Find Projects
Community & Economic Development
Community & Economic Development Help create vibrant communities with economic opportunities. Find Projects
Education Education
Education Make a difference by supporting educators and students in accessing diverse educational opportunities throughout their lives. Find Projects
Environmental Stewardship Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Stewardship Ensure those who call our communities home experience our region’s natural beauty today and across future generations. Find Projects
Health & Human Services Health & Human Services
Health & Human Services Connect individuals and communities with the care and services needed for the highest quality of physical and mental health. Find Projects

FAO Signature Initiatives.

As we work together to close the philanthropy gap that leaves Appalachian Ohio with nearly nine times fewer philanthropic resources than the rest of the state, we will create new opportunities for the people who call Appalachian Ohio’s communities home. One way FAO is creating these new opportunities is through our Signature Initiatives. FAO Signature Initiatives are those efforts and projects at work today that are designed to make a transformational difference. They are supported by our I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund, which is focused on addressing our greatest needs, pursuing our most promising opportunities, and reaching communities across Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties. 

Bridge in the forest

Featured projects.

Arts & Culture
Community Arts Partnership
Monroe Arts Council Support access to the arts in Monroe County through the Community Arts Partnership project.
Promoting Student Resiliency Through Literacy
Muskingum County Literacy Council Support student resilience through literacy in Muskingum County.
Health & Human Services
Hurt to Hope – Youth Resiliency
Pike County YMCA Support Hurt to Hope, a program encouraging resilient youth in Pike County.
Health & Human Services
Fair to Family
Vinton County 4-H Advisory Council Support efforts to supply families with locally raised and processed meat from 4-H Fair Hogs.