Gathering Postponement & COVID19 FAQs

The Appalachia Funders Network Gathering has been postponed until April 2021 in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Below is the need-to-know information as it relates specifically to the Gathering.

  • Location: Unchanged - Dollywood DreamMore Resort.  
  • Funder Response to COVID19 Virtual Meeting: On April 15, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. we will host an interactive Zoom meeting to discuss the unique role of funders in supporting communities and non-profits during the pandemic. The economy is taking serious hits and many of our grantees, businesses, and neighbors will struggle to stay open, provide services, and support employees. More details and registration will be available in the coming days.
  • Group Meetings: Each group will meet virtually on April 14th, 2020 via Zoom. Group coordinators will be in touch in the coming days with exact times and calendar invites.
  • Tickets: Your ticket will automatically be refunded as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience as we process the refunds. The ticketing company has a large backlog of refunds as thousands of events are simultaneously being cancelled.
  • Hotel Rooms: The DreamMore Resort WILL NOT AUTOMATICALLY CANCEL YOUR ROOM! To make changes, move, transfer your booking or cancel your room call the hotel directly at 1-800-365-5996.

Questions: Please email with any additional questions or concerns. 


Frequently Asked Questions: 

  • How will the spread of COVID 2019 affect the AFN Gathering?


      • The Gathering planning team is taking the Coronavirus health threat very seriously. We are monitoring the situation and taking advice from various health experts. We are following the latest CDC and WHO information. If the Gathering is deemed at risk, the convening will be cancelled and postponed until next year.


  • How widespread is COVID 2019 in Central Appalachia?


      • Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global health pandemic. There are outbreaks in several U.S. cities, including Seattle and New York and many other cases across the country, including in Appalachia. Many Central Appalachian states- Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, and North Carolina- have already declared state of emergencies and many could follow. 

Visit the Appalachia Funders Network resource page for more information.

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  • Alena Klimas
    published this page 2020-03-13 15:38:26 -0400