Profiles

Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates

Post Office Box 1762
Parkersburg, West Virginia 26101
United States

Mission

To serve the people of our region by providing leadership and inspiring them to build permanent resources for the betterment of their communities through the foundation

Most Meaningful Change

Our organization is working on a home-grown initiative, the Civic Leaders Fellowship. Three years ago, we deliberately sought out the sentiments of people in our 11-county service region of West Virginia and Ohio. Our communities have a lot of issues, including poor health and environmental and housing concerns, but what concerned them most was the lack of opportunity for our next generation. We have a major out-migration of our educated young because there are no entry-level work opportunities for them post-college. This creates a cycle where we have no one stepping up to follow in key roles in our civic clubs and to fulfill other needs. We decided that this was an issue around which we could bring both knowledge and resources and initiated a formal program of work plus social engagement in the life of our region. Three years into the program, we are making some headway in providing meaningful summer work experiences while concurrently providing student employment and training for our young persons. Pre- and post-testing show substantial gains in both civic learning and interest in the 24 young persons who have participated so far.

1963 Year Founded
$34,177,677 Endowment Value
$1,647,488 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

225,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationParkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates
Address 1Post Office Box 1762
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownParkersburg
State / RegionWest Virginia
ZIP / Postal Code26101
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)1620 Park Avenue
Map City / Town (If Different)Parkersburg
Map State / Region (If Different)WV
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)26101
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone304.428.4438
EmailJudyS@pacfwv.com
Websitewww.pacfwv.com
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Judy Sjostedt, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameJudy Sjostedt
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1963
Mission StatementTo serve the people of our region by providing leadership and inspiring them to build permanent resources for the betterment of their communities through the foundation
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced225,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)5
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members25
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$5,426,064
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$2,272,062
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$2,203,371
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$1,647,488
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$34,177,677
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a slight role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed an important role
Grassroots activismPlayed an important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a slight role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyFair amount of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationImportant but not central
Seeking local donationsImportant but not central
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityImportant but not central
Building inclusion and trust in the communityImportant but not central
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyImportant but not central
Community developmentImportant but not central
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLot
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLot
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyNot at all
Strengthening local or regional governmentLittle
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingNot at all
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyNever
Loaned staffNever
ResearchNever
Community needs assessmentRarely
Leadership developmentRarely
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsOccasionally
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting worse
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting worse
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting worse
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting worse
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityNo change
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsNo change
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Trust among different sections of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationMuch achievement
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLittle
Informal associations of citizensNot at all
Non-governmental organizationsNot at all
Local governmentLittle
National governmentN/A
UniversitiesNot at all
SchoolsNot at all
BusinessesNot at all
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsVery unhelpful
Particular foundationHelpful
Other organizationNeither helpful or unhelpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentNeither important nor unimportant
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceUnimportant
Better local culture of givingNeither important nor unimportant
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsOur organization is working on a home-grown initiative, the Civic Leaders Fellowship. Three years ago, we deliberately sought out the sentiments of people in our 11-county service region of West Virginia and Ohio. Our communities have a lot of issues, including poor health and environmental and housing concerns, but what concerned them most was the lack of opportunity for our next generation. We have a major out-migration of our educated young because there are no entry-level work opportunities for them post-college. This creates a cycle where we have no one stepping up to follow in key roles in our civic clubs and to fulfill other needs. We decided that this was an issue around which we could bring both knowledge and resources and initiated a formal program of work plus social engagement in the life of our region. Three years into the program, we are making some headway in providing meaningful summer work experiences while concurrently providing student employment and training for our young persons. Pre- and post-testing show substantial gains in both civic learning and interest in the 24 young persons who have participated so far.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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