MWCD approves $5M for Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

NEW PHILADELPHIA − The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) board of directors has approved investing $5 million to create a fund managed by The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), according to a news release.

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 which focuses on key areas, including strengthening conservation and sustainability. The plan identifies ways to makes tangible progress toward improving water quality, protecting healthy ecosystems, catalyzing collaborations, and demonstrating sustainability. The investment to FAO will contribute to their Environmental Stewardship Pillar of Prosperity, which aligns with the priorities within the MWCD Conservation Strategic plan.

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