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Community Foundation Purchases Office Building

Anonymous Donor Provides Gift to Purchase Former Law Firm

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley announced today the purchase of the former home of Bachmann Hess Bachmann & Garden at 1226 Chapline Street in downtown Wheeling.  Over the years the Foundation has rented office space in a variety of locations, most recently and currently at 1310 Market Street.

One of the goals of the CFOV’s 2017 strategic plan was to find a permanent location for the foundation.  The purchase was made possible as a result of an anonymous gift that will cover the purchase of the building as well as some of the necessary upgrades.

The change improves the Foundation’s visibility and solidifies its commitment to the region.  Serving the Ohio Valley since 1972, the Foundation has grown over the years in assets as well as staff size to serve the community.  Mergers with the Community Foundation of Jefferson County in 2012 and with the Weirton Area Community Foundation in 2015 have expanded the Foundation’s reach into Jefferson and Hancock Counties.  By locating permanently in Wheeling, the Foundation affirms its substantial and lasting commitment to its Wheeling-area roots.

The new facility will offer our region a place from which generations of Ohio Valley citizens can be well-served.  It allows the Foundation to:

  • Enhance its capacity to directly assist people by improving its public accessibility; for CFOV’s staff to help students who visit for help with scholarships, to meet with donors, grantees, civic leaders and others.
  • Convene multiple organizations to work together on important issues of local concern and collaborative strategies to address community needs.
  • Better serve the Foundation’s constituencies (CFOV’s present office layout provides little privacy to discuss giving and matters of a confidential nature).
  • Provide information on philanthropy and to assume the full leadership role in this community of which it is capable.

The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley connects 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 $55 million, the Foundation assisted in making more than $3,100,000 in grants and scholarships last year. From strengthening community schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence or natural disasters, the Foundation continues to enhance our region.

“Purchasing a building for the Community’s Foundation is a historic move for our organization and a positive step for the Ohio Valley.  The CFOV Board of Directors has a history of being thoughtful, careful and prudent. The decision to purchase 1226 Chapline Street was made very deliberately, with a well-reasoned, long-term perspective and the best interests of our supporters and communities in mind,” said Susie Nelson, Foundation Executive Director.

After upgrades to address accessibility, the foundation is expected to be settled in its new, permanent location by the second quarter of 2019.