(New Philadelphia, OH) – Members of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) Board of Directors approved investing $5 million to create a fund managed by The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.
At their January 27th meeting, the MWCD Board of Directors members approved investing $5 million to create a fund managed by The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO).
The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
FAO is a regional community foundation serving Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties with the mission to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. The organization has five areas of investment known as Pillars of Prosperity Funds. The pillars are education, health and human services, community and economic development, arts and culture, and environmental stewardship.
The MWCD recently completed a five-year strategic plan focusing on key areas, including strengthening conservation and sustainability. The plan identifies ways to make tangible progress toward improving water quality, protecting healthy ecosystems, catalyzing collaborations, and demonstrating sustainability. The investment in FAO will contribute to their Environmental Stewardship Pillar of Prosperity which aligns with the priorities within the MWCD Conservation Strategic plan.
We are very excited to partner with FAO as we share a commitment to improving lives and the environment in Appalachia said Craig Butler, MWCD Executive Director. MWCD remains committed to our mission of flood mitigation, recreation, and conservation and through our strategic investments, we now have the opportunity to fund programs that will encourage and enhance environmental stewardship.
“We are grateful for MWCD’s visionary leadership in our region,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO President & CEO. “MWCD’s investment will create many possibilities in the areas of environmental stewardship, not only today but for generations to come. We are excited to be partnering with MWCD and look forward to sharing information and grant applications soon.”
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The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District is responsible stewards dedicated to providing the benefits of flood reduction, conservation, and recreation in the Muskingum River Watershed. The MWCD is the largest conservancy district in the state and led the effort to construct 14 dams and reservoirs. The MWCD has jurisdiction for its operations in all or portions of an 18-county area. The 18 counties wholly or partially contained in the MWCD jurisdiction are Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Harrison, Knox, Licking, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Richland, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas, Wayne, and Washington.
Audrey Mattevi, Reporting