Profiles

Community Foundation for Ohio Valley

1310 Market Street
Wheeling, West Virginia 26003
United States

Mission

To build a permanent endowment for the current and future needs of the Upper Ohio Valley

Most Meaningful Change

In 2010 we created a Women’s Giving Circle. The WGC grew quickly to 124 members who each give a minimum of $500 per year, half of which is put into an endowment and the other half used for annual grants. The women are people of influence in our community and many of them hadn’t dealt with us before. They have become thoughtful grantmakers and have learned a great deal about the real needs of women and girls in our region through hands-on activities. As a part of their educational meetings, they hear directly from women and girls who have been helped by their philanthropy. It is making a real difference in our region.

1972 Year Founded
$29,203,518 Endowment Value
$1,411,975 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 10.30.14

Population Area Served

300,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation for Ohio Valley
Address 11310 Market Street
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownWheeling
State / RegionWest Virginia
ZIP / Postal Code26003
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)1310 Market Street
Map City / Town (If Different)Wheeling
Map State / Region (If Different)WV
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)26003
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone304-242-3144
Emaildirector@cfov.org
Websitewww.cfov.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Susie Nelson, Executive Director
Primary Contact’s NameSusie Nelson
Primary Contact’s PositionExecutive Director
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1972
Mission StatementTo build a permanent endowment for the current and future needs of the Upper Ohio Valley
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced300,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)3
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)1
Total Board Members24
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$163,018
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$731,299
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$1,753,149
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$1,411,975
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$29,203,518
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 an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed an important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyNone
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityImportant but not central
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 communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityImportant but not central
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyImportant but not central
Community developmentSlightly important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthFair amount
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsNot at all
International relationsNot at all
ReligionFair amount
Economic developmentLittle
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityNot at all
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentNot at all
HousingLittle
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefLittle
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingLot
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyNever
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyRarely
Loaned staffNever
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentRarely
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsOften
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyNever
Publishing/knowledge sharingNever
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityNo change
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting better
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting worse
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
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
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesDo not work in this sphere
Value of community assetsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Quality of the environmentDo not work in this sphere
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsDo not work in this sphere
Networks and links between different parts of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Gender equityDo not work in this sphere
Charitable giving through the community foundationA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingA few small achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLittle
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 foundationVery helpful
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
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 doNo
Actively engage local people as volunteersNo
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 fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceImportant
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
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 YearsIn 2010 we created a Women’s Giving Circle. The WGC grew quickly to 124 members who each give a minimum of $500 per year, half of which is put into an endowment and the other half used for annual grants. The women are people of influence in our community and many of them hadn’t dealt with us before. They have become thoughtful grantmakers and have learned a great deal about the real needs of women and girls in our region through hands-on activities. As a part of their educational meetings, they hear directly from women and girls who have been helped by their philanthropy. It is making a real difference in our region.
 

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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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