For over 30 years, multiple organizations and leaders have identified the need to establish a statewide support network for nonprofit organizations, primarily 501 (c) 3 as well as other nonprofits. The most recent indication of this need came out of the planning for Vision Shared and its work team focused on nonprofit capacity building. In 2010, Philanthropy West Virginia and the West Virginia Community Development Hub, with a grant from the Benedum Foundation, began a feasibility study that included:
- Hiring of Dynamic Consulting which facilitated the statewide study
- Obtaining input and ideas from over 250 different nonprofit leaders representing the geographic size, type, and impact diversity of the state’s nonprofit community through a series of focus groups, town hall meetings, interviews, and online surveys
- Interviewing other Nonprofit Associations across the country that serve states similar geographic, demographic, and population statistics
This study resulted in the presentation of a proposed business plan which was provided to the Board of Directors and staff of both Philanthropy West Virginia and the West Virginia Community Development Hub in May 2011. Since the delivery of this proposed business plan, both Philanthropy West Virginia and the West Virginia Community Development Hub have moved forward with its implementation. In the September 2011, the West Virginia Nonprofit Association Advisory Board was formed and their work has focused on the creation and roll-out of the Nonprofit Association in 2012.