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Foundation Reception Will Feature Charlie Batch

November 12, 2010 - Other News
During the week of Nov. 12-18, the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley will join more than 700 community foundations across America for Community Foundation Week activities. For more than 20 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.

During the week the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley will hold a Donor Appreciation reception featuring Pittsburgh Steelers Quarterback and Philanthropist Charlie Batch. The Best of the Batch Foundation was founded by the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterback, Charlie Batch, and is based in Charlie's hometown of Homestead, Pa. The foundation offers programs that directly impact the youth of disadvantaged communities around Pittsburgh and throughout the country. The event is scheduled for Nov. 17 at 5:30 p.m. at the White Palace in Wheeling Park.

“In a down economy, with limited resources, and a growing need for services to help families in need, we are more determined than ever to bring our community partners together to find innovative and effective solutions to some of our most challenging social problems,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Susie Nelson. “The people of the Ohio Valley are stepping up and getting more creative in how we provide support that people need during tough times. By brining in Charlie Batch, we want to show our donors and friends of the foundation how creative and personalized philanthropy can be.”

In the wake of the recent announcement that more than 40 of America’s billionaires will donate a majority of their fortunes to charity, the role and impact of philanthropy and community foundations is being redefined. Community foundations, independent, public charities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to community-based organizations, are at the heart of this change.

Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy in the United States and hold nearly $50 billion in assets, according to Foundation Center. Every state in the U.S. is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban, and rural—that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues.  There are 26 community foundations in the state of West Virginia serving each of the states 55 counties.  The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley serves five counties in West Virginia and three counties in Ohio.

Although community foundations make up only one percent of all U.S. grantmaking foundations, they account for more than 10 percent of all foundation giving. These organizations are growing globally. The Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support estimates that nearly 1,500 community foundations operate in more than 50 countries.

“America’s community foundations are on the frontlines of a tremendous shift in philanthropy and how we do business differently in a high-tech, rapidly changing world,” said Steve Gunderson, president and CEO of the Council on Foundations. “These organizations are leading the charge by bringing communities together, galvanizing resources, and maximizing their impact to advance the public good.”

Launched in 1989 through a proclamation by former President George H.W. Bush, the first Community Foundation Week included a congressional briefing about the work of community foundations throughout America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address community problems.


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