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FAO Facts

Helping donors give with a
passion for more than 18 years.

In the tradition of the 700+ community foundations across the United States, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) manages permanent charitable funds supported by thousands of Appalachian Ohioans for the betterment of our region. Through grantmaking, strategic leadership, and partnerships, our work with our donors will grow the philanthropic resources needed to transform generational poverty into generations of prosperity.

With more than 18 years of expertise, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio is a leader in philanthropy and a partner of choice for nonprofits, individuals, and businesses looking to make a positive impact in their communities. Funds are professionally managed to safeguard principal and yield a competitive rate of return. Each year, a portion of the investment earnings are distributed as grants to community organizations and scholarships for students.

For more information on the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, download our Fact Sheet or email our Vice President of Communications and Programs, Megan Wanczyk. Visit our News & Happenings page to read up on the latest news from FAO.

FAO Fast Facts

Year Founded:          1998


Location:                   Nelsonville, Ohio


Serving:                     All 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio


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.


President & CEO:     Cara Dingus Brook


Assets:                       In fiscal year 2016, more than $25 million held in over 175 funds.


Total Granted             FAO has invested more than $9 million back into the
Since Inception:        
community through grants and scholarships.


Key Areas of Funding:

PillarsGraphicThe Foundation grows the Pillars of Prosperity to enrich the quality of life across Appalachian Ohio by creating opportunities. There are pressing needs across our region and we want to make it simple for you to support the efforts you care about most.


Regional & Local:  FAO serves the Appalachian Ohio region while also helping local communities without their own foundation grow local resources. We partner with communities to create local foundations that benefit from FAO’s support in fundraising, training, and communications as well as through management of the fund’s administration and investments. Learn more about our efforts to Grow Home.


FAO Community Funds
Gallia Community Foundation Fund
The Guernsey County Foundation Fund
Harrison County Community Foundation Fund
The Highland County Community Foundation Fund
Jackson County Community Foundation Fund
Meigs County Community Fund
Monroe County Community Foundation
Morgan County Community Fund
Community Foundation for Perry County