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Area Fund Created in Wetzel County to Benefit Local Nonprofit Organizations

PRESS RELEASE

December 5, 2013

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AREA FUND CREATED IN WETZEL COUNTY TO BENEFIT LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

Wheeling, WV – The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley (CFOV) announced today the establishment of the Wetzel County Area Fund to provide grantmaking support to nonprofit organizations in Wetzel County.  The first gift to the Wetzel County Fund was received from the Wetzel County Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $5,000.

The Wetzel County Area Fund is designed as a tool to help individuals and businesses realize the benefits of charitable giving in their community.  All contributions to the Wetzel County Fund will go towards a long-term, sustainable fund.  Both businesses and individuals can give to the fund.  There is no minimum contribution required and each gift is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

A unique component to the Fund is the input requested from each donor.  Once a gift is received, the individual or business donating the gift will be sent a survey which will help determine the needs of the county.  All survey results will be compiled and used by the advisory committee to determine which nonprofit organizations in Wetzel County receive funding.

Once a large enough pool of funds has been raised for the Wetzel County Fund, grant applications will be available to nonprofit organizations in the county.  It is anticipated grants will be made beginning in summer 2014.  The goal of the Wetzel County Fund is to provide funding to nonprofits in the county on an annual basis, thus strengthening the nonprofit organizations in the county.

“We are encouraging anyone who may want to contribute to the improvement of their home community to consider making a gift of any size to this fund,” said Susie Nelson, Executive Director of the Community Foundation.  “These funds will be a benefit to the county for many, many years if residents and businesses can all come together to support them.”

“Marcellus Shale is providing our region with new wealth never before imagined.  It is important to consider how this new wealth can create a legacy that will last and continue to be a benefit to this region for years to come, even after this gas boom is over,” continued Nelson.

Any individual or business may make a contribution to the Wetzel County Fund.  “Giving to the Wetzel County Fund is fast and easy,” said Peter Riesbeck, Development Director.  “Simply go online to our website and use your credit or debit card.  You can make a one-time gift or even set up recurring monthly deductions from your credit or checking account.”  Riesbeck added that anyone can also make a gift by contacting him directly at (304) 242-3144 or peter@cfov.org .  “In the coming month, we plan to also contact as many people by mail as possible to educate them about the Wetzel County Fund and ways to give.”

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Since 1972, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley has connected donors who care with causes that matter by making grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Upper Ohio Valley.  With assets of more than $27 million, the Foundation assisted in making more than $1,000,000 in grants last year.  From strengthening community schools and assisting local arts programs, to building health centers and helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the Foundation continues to enhance our region.  To learn more, visit the Foundation online at www.cfov.org .