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2019 WV Nonprofit Leadership Summit

From Vision to Impact: Tools to Move Us Forward”

September 25 – 26, 2019


Location: Charleston Coliseum & Convention Center
Charleston, WV

In Partnership with

The West Virginia Nonprofit Association is partnering with Volunteer West Virginia and the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation to hold the 5th Annual WV Nonprofit Leadership Summit. The Summit provides nonprofit professional staff and volunteers an opportunity to come together to learn, connect, inspire and be inspired. Don’t forget to check out the Pre-Conference Workshop: A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity which takes place the day before the Summit. Read on to learn more and check back soon for more information as we plan for the most important nonprofit gathering in the Mountain State!



Join us the day before the Summit begins, on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 9 AM – 4PM for “A Groundwater Approach to Racial Equity.” National experts from the Racial Equity Institute will give a presentation on the pervasiveness of systemic racism, why a “groundwater” approach is needed, and facilitate discussions to examine the relevance to our work and next steps. You must register for this workshop separately.  Click Here to Learn More/Register

Should your circumstances change and you are unable to attend the Summit, a cancellation fee of $45 will apply to cover costs incurred in relation to your registration. Should you cancel less than 8 days prior to the event (after Sept. 17, 2019), no refund will be issued.


  • Mary Hunt, Senior Program Director at the Benedum Foundation
  • Clara Mullins, City National Bank (CRA Investments)
  • Bob Boone, McDonough Foundation
  • Michelle Foster, Phd, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation
  • James Bush, WV Development Office (ARC, Community Development Block Grant, Land & Water Conservation Funds)

Learn each funder’s focus, what they are looking to fund, and how your organization can partner with them to serve your community. You’ll have the opportunity to ask specific questions of the panelists and hear about investments they’ve made throughout the state. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to learn from the folks who are making decisions about your proposals!

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Jennifer Giovannitti, President of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation
A former community development manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and nationally known policy expert on rural development strategies, Jennifer Giovannitti became the first woman president of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation last October. Jennifer will deliver our closing keynote address where she will discuss the Benedum Foundation’s investment in West Virginia, the progress that’s been made here, and Benedum’s vision for the future.

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