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.

Mission
To create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy.
Vision
For the citizens of Appalachian Ohio to live in a region abundant with possibilities.
Values
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.

Eye Exams on Wheels

The mobile vision unit will travel to schools throughout the region to provide children with free eye exams and glasses.

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Thank you for supporting causes you care about.

Tom & Rhonda Stemmer

When Tom and Rhonda Stemmer learned about the FAO Cause Connector pilot project, they were inspired to fund a wide variety of projects, from services for seniors, to shoes for children, education about the Underground Railroad, and more.

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