Due to the COVID -19 Crisis and the need for efforts to limit the spread of the virus, the Hinton Area Foundation has made the difficult decision to cancel our Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet scheduled for May 21, 2020. We know this is a true loss for our community and regret that we have had to make this decision. Sincerely, Myra Hogan, Executive Director
The Hinton Area Foundation’s “Disaster Relief Fund” is a safe source for contributing to COVID-19 response efforts in our community. We support other organizations in Hinton and Summers County (e.g. REACHH-FRC, Yummy Bags, etc) whose expertise is providing direct services to those in need in the community. Giving to the Hinton Area Foundation relieves these organizations of the work of accounting for funds from many donors and allows them to keep their focus on the work which they do best.
Please visit our website at www.hintonareafoundation.org to donate online via PayPal or send your check made out to: Hinton Area Foundation (write “Disaster Relief” in the memo line) and mail it to: Hinton Area Foundation, COVID-19 Relief, PO Box 217, Hinton WV 25951. While our offices are closed until further notice, you may also drop your check (in a sealed envelope) into the black mailbox at the front of our building at 104 James Street, Hinton.
We truly appreciate your help for the community we love during this crisis.
Humbly yours, Myra Hogan, Executive Director
The Hinton Area Foundation offices are closed until further notice. You may leave messages on our phone at (304) 309-5502. Staff will check messages daily. You may also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please follow us here and on Facebook for additional updates. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everybody safe and healthy.
For Immediate Release: April 9, 2020
WV Secretary of State & Philanthropy WV promote Charitable Accountability during COVID-19 pandemic
Charleston, W. Va. – In the midst of the COVID-19 response, West Virginia nonprofits are on the front lines and grappling with growing needs and declining revenue.
To ensure that West Virginia’s citizens, companies, and foundations are able to assist nonprofits, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Philanthropy West Virginia President & CEO Paul D. Daugherty announced today their partnership to:
1. Encourage support of nonprofits,
2. Ensure that charitable support goes to credible nonprofits, and
3. Share a list of West Virginia relief, response, and emergency funds.
“During the 2016 flood, West Virginia learned a great deal about statewide emergency response and most importantly the value and impact of all size nonprofits in our state. As we are in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, we encourage citizens to support their favorite charities, and do their research to prevent scams from taking valuable dollars away from worthy organizations,” says Paul D. Daugherty, president & CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia.
Philanthropy West Virginia is the state’s leadership network for philanthropy serving grant-making private, family, and community foundations, corporations, private donors, and other funders.
As the state’s non-profit and charitable organization registry official, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and his staff advocate for supporting nonprofits as well as doing your homework.
“We are committed to accountability and best practices by nonprofits so that our citizens’ generous donations are put to the best use in our communities,” Warner said. “Our Charities Division works hard to ensure the general public knows who, what, and where they are donating to help so many citizens and communities hurting during these uncertain times.”
Philanthropy West Virginia and the West Virginia Secretary of State have come together to help ensure citizens are able to make informed donations to their favorite non-profits and charities and know who are the credible emergency relief funds to donate to during a crisis.
“In 2016, we had several relief funds pop up which were not affiliated with a registered or currently recognized tax-exempt nonprofit organization by the Secretary of State’s Office. We want to be sure folks do their homework to have increased confidence that donations of their hard-earned monies go to organizations serving West Virginia’s citizens and communities,” said Secretary of State Warner.
The WV Secretary of State and Philanthropy WV recommend that you take the following steps:
1. Do your homework to know the organization you are giving to is a currently registered tax-exempt organization in our state. You can do so via the WV Secretary of State’s website by searching here and with the IRS here.
2. Support your favorite nonprofits or charities directly such as food pantries, health clinics, home repair, homeless centers, youth programs, churches, senior programs, or other organizations.
3. If interested in broader community response, support one of the relief funds created by our state’s community foundations and/or United Ways which you can find a listing of credible funds here (They have waived fees to ensure funds go to those citizens and organizations in need.)
4. If your company planned to sponsor, or individuals purchased a ticket to a cancelled nonprofit fundraiser, let the nonprofit use those funds to support their needs and response to COVID-19. The nonprofits need critical revenue right now.
5. If you find an organization which is not registered with the Secretary of State or a fund that appears to have ill-intent, contact the WV Secretary of State’s Charitable Division by calling 304-558-8000 or the WV Attorney General’s Office at 304-558-8986.
During these uncertain times, Secretary Warner and Philanthropy West Virginia want to ensure that West Virginians can be certain they are supporting properly registered nonprofits and relief funds that are responding to this crisis and serving our citizens.
“We appreciate Secretary Warner and his team’s commitment in West Virginia to ensure the accountability of nonprofit and charitable organizations making the greatest impact during this crisis,” shares Philanthropy WV’s Daugherty.
Michael L. Queen, Deputy Chief of Staff & Director of Communications
WV Secretary of State Mac Warner’s Office
Paul Daugherty, President & CEO
(304) 692.9883; firstname.lastname@example.org