Chamber News

Jan 10, 2017

Community Foundation Discussed at Chamber Luncheon


 

The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Peking Chinese Restaurant in Prestonsburg.  The guest speaker was Tonya Shepherd, Program Officer with The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is a nationally-accredited, tax-exempt, public charity that allows people to establish permanent endowment funds and gift funds under the umbrella of one larger foundation. 

Community Foundation Discussed at Chamber Luncheon

 

The Floyd County Chamber of Commerce held a networking luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Peking Chinese Restaurant in Prestonsburg.  The guest speaker was Tonya Shepherd, Program Officer with The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky. The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is a nationally-accredited, tax-exempt, public charity that allows people to establish permanent endowment funds and gift funds under the umbrella of one larger foundation. The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky’s mission is to be a catalyst for community collaboration and charitable giving; to create permanent endowment funds as a sustaining resource to improve quality of life and place in Eastern Kentucky.

 

Shepherd explained that Community Foundations are set up by local people to promote giving and improve quality of life in a specific community or region.  A Community Foundation can serve as a starting place for people who have always wanted to give and make a difference, but didn’t know how. She added that “I want to see this region flourish, not only for us, but for our children and grandchildren. I believe that a Community Foundation would be an excellent asset to the area and may help us retain some of the wealth and perhaps some of our people.” Shepherd emphasized that the gifts are always donor driven and donors can be as general or as specific as they choose to determine which charities benefit from their fund.

 

Shepherd informed the group that The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky is focused on establishing a Community Foundation in Floyd County and the Big Sandy Region.  For additional information or to join their efforts, call (606) 439-1357 or (606) 331-0506 and visit their website at www.appalachianKY.org .

 

Following the presentation by Shepherd, Chamber business representatives were given the opportunity to highlight activities and events in Floyd County and at their businesses. If interested in becoming a member of the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce, please contact the Chamber office at (606) 886-0364 or email floydchamber@setel.com .