The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

A New Strategic Path Forward


The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has a bold vision for the region it serves: to be a forward-thinking and closely connected community that fearlessly works together to promote the prosperity of all.


In order to make this vision a reality, the Foundation is working to carry out its new mission of “making thoughtful and proactive investments that grow the multiple forms of wealth necessary for our community to thrive.” The seven forms of community wealth TGKVF seeks to grow include: 


§  Individual: Skills, Health, Confidence, & Income

§  Intellectual: Shared Knowledge, Innovation, & Technology

§  Social: Trust, Relationships, Mutual Support

§  Natural: Resilient Natural Resources

§  Built: Community Infrastructure

§  Political: Influence & Voice

§  Financial: Community Investments & Household Savings


By working to grow multiple forms of community wealth, we believe the Foundation and our grantee partners can have substantial and lasting impact on the root cause issues that continually undermine better outcomes in our education and health systems while fostering civic engagement and community building throughout our region. More specifically, TGKVF’s new strategic direction is focused on cultivating community wealth that will achieve the following long-term focus area goals:



1.      Education: Our community is a place where students, from early childhood to post-

         secondary, build the skills, knowledge, and credentials to become productive and successful.


2.      Health: Our community supports the healthy choice.


3.      Civic Engagement & Community Building: Our community is full of strong, innovative,

         and effective individuals and groups who work to create shared visions, cross-cultural

         relationships, and the capacity to foster positive change.


Identified Root Cause Issues

§  Underperforming education system and ill-prepared students

§  Poor health of our population

§  Not enough strong and visionary leadership – at all levels of society

§  Weak community connections and lack of collaboration

§  Apathetic attitudes and unhelpful cultural beliefs

§  Economic disparities and lack of a diverse economy


Our analysis of the root cause issues and the development of the Foundation’s new strategic direction were completed in collaboration with over 300 of our grantees, partners, and advisors. During this process, our partners not only helped identify the root cause issues, but also defined the places where the Foundation can have the greatest impact on these hard-to-solve problems. This process resulted in our new Strategic Plan and an organizational shift to being a more proactive and deliberate investor in social change.   


During the planning process, the Foundation Board and staff also realized that the issues we seek to address are too deep and complex for any one organization to solve. For this reason, we seek tofund collaborative efforts that target the goals and objectives found in TGKVF’s Strategic Plan. The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation has shifted from solely supporting individual organizations and programs to supporting the multiple organizations and intersecting networks that will support the Strategic Plan the Foundation is interested in advancing. Once you become a grantee partner, the Foundation will work to strengthen the collaborative capacity of your team, and help foster supportive relationships and strategic thinking amongst grantee partners working on similar goals.


To become part of this new and exciting effort, start by answering the following questions:

1.      Are you part of a collaborative effort, or do you have an idea for one?                                         Y  N

2.      Can your collaborative effort help move one or more of TGKVF Strategic Goals?                   Y  N

3.      Can members of your collaborative answer the questions on the “who should apply” sheet?    Y  N


If you answered yes to all three questions, then call the appropriate program officer from below to start a conversation about becoming a grantee partner.



Program Officer Contact Information

The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

1600 Huntington Square

Charleston, WV 25301

Phone: 304-346-3620



Education Projects

Stephanie Hyre, Program Officer



Health Projects

Megan Simpson, Program Officer




Civic Engagement & Community Building, Arts/Culture, or Basic Needs Projects

Sheri Ryder, Senior Program Officer


The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation - 1600 Huntington Square, 900 Lee St. E., Charleston, WV 25301 - [P] 304-346-3620 - [F] 304-346-3640 -

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