11th Annual Gathering

The Appalachia Funders Network 11th Annual Gathering is postponed until April 2021 in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Instead, Appalachia Funders Network hosted a Virtual Conference on April 14-15, 2020. 


About the 11th Annual Gathering 

This annual meeting is a space for learning and analysis, where members build trust and relationships, expand their connections, develop lasting partnerships, and align their investment strategies to accelerate large scale change across Central Appalachia.

The first day of the Gathering will convene the Groups and create space for connection with new and old colleagues. Attendees who are not part of a Group will have the opportunity to learn about the Network and its history. The second day of the Gathering will offer a Network-wide deep dive into equity issues in Appalachia. For our keynote, we will hear from Sarah Smarsh, the author of the best selling book Heartland and host of the Homecomers podcast. In the afternoon, attendees will go on a learning journey to explore examples of local education projects, arts and tourism economy, and grassroots organizing in eastern Tennessee.


Who Should Attend?

The Gathering is open to funders, financial institution representatives, and federal agency personnel who invest in the transition of Central Appalachia. The Network’s dues paying members receive a $100 discount on the Gathering registration fee. If you are a non-dues-paying member, we encourage you to attend to (1) learn about the powerful work that’s being done in Appalachia (2) strengthen your connections to other funders, (3) better understand how the Network can help further your mission, and (4) connect to innovative initiatives within our issue focused groups.


About the Appalachia Funders Network

The Appalachia Funders Network is a funder-led initiative with a membership of over 59 national, regional, and local funding organizations. We work to align national, regional, and local funders toward a common vision to accelerate an equitable Appalachian transition. Our work is focused in Central Appalachia, the region we define as the Appalachian counties of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, and all of West Virginia. To learn more, visit: www.appalachiafunders.org