Creating abundant opportunity for Appalachian Ohio.

Appalachian Ohio faces a philanthropy gap that leaves our 32 counties with nearly nine times fewer philanthropic resources than the rest of the state. This gap in philanthropy is really a gap in opportunity, as teachers have fewer resources for classroom projects, students have less access to scholarships, and our community nonprofits have fewer investments in their missions through grant funding. That’s what our I’m a Child of Appalachia Fund was designed for – to address the philanthropy gap by investing in our most pressing needs and promising opportunities across all 32 counties. Now, with Cause Connector, you can invest in this work and a favorite local project at the same time.

Select one of the counties below to see what projects, both local and regional, are making a difference in the communities closest to your heart.

Map of Ohio counties

Fostering a future of possibility.

To create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy.
For the citizens of Appalachian Ohio to live in a region abundant with possibilities.
Multi-generational responsibility, accountability, focus, optimism, learning, and love.

Helping you support the causes you care about today and tomorrow.

Since 1998, the Foundation has been working with donors who are passionate about Appalachian Ohio, its communities, and its future. We’re here to help donors give back in ways that are meaningful – to them and to our region. Learn how FAO can help you support your community by creating a fund or supporting grants, scholarships, and communities that matter to you.

Featured funded project.

Civic Leadership Book Kits for the Children of Appalachia

Each book kit of five civic leadership books will inspire the children of Appalachia

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Thank you for supporting causes you care about.

The American Electric Power Foundation and the AEP Ohio Foundation

From education to environmental stewardship, AEP has long worked with FAO to advance a brighter future for the region.

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