The first Appalachia Funders Network Virtual Miniconference took place April 14-15 via Zoom. We had over 100 participants, 7 group meetings, and three informative sessions.
Economic Update hosted by the Regional Federal Reserves
On April 15, 2020 from 10:00-11:30am the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank will present an economic overview of the Appalachian region. Our economy is in the midst of historic changes and recovery efforts, this session will help ground us and analyze the state of the economy.
Funder Response to COVID19 Virtual Meeting
On April 15, 2020 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. this interactive Zoom meeting highlighted the unique role of funders in supporting communities and non-profits in Appalachia during the pandemic and recovery. This session focused on concrete crisis response and recovery efforts specifically in Central Appalachia.
Regional CDFI Meeting
On April 15, 2020 from 3:00-4:00pm CDFIs and interested funders met to discuss the investment field in Appalachia. CDFIs provide critical investment through community development financing, and are eligible members of the Appalachia Funders Network. They also play a critical role in supporting small businesses and community infrastructure, which will be especially important during the COVID-19 crisis. This time was a chance for CDFIs to connect with their peers, share resources and opportunities, and identify ways that AFN can support them going forward.
April 14 - AFN Issue Focused Group Meetings
On April 14th, the various Issue-focused groups of AFN met.