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NCCF in 2020… it was a year of sailing through rough waters. The year started out with a bang, but shortly lost its footing with many headlines slowing the momentum. Then, the pandemic hit. Things quickly took a sharp turn and our normal way of life came to a screeching halt. The business of the NCCF continued in an online way. Scholarship applications were taken and interviews were done on line. Awards announcements came, but not in our usual gatherings at the schools for awards days. We were able to provide over $23,000 in scholarships to students in Nicholas County.

 The stock market looked dismal. How would the future look for us now? The philanthropic community quickly adjusted and began emergency statewide Zoom meetings. We looked at immediate needs specific to our communities. Philanthropy WV in conjunction with several businesses announced a program that would match our dollars raised for Emergency COVID relief in a “Take 5 to Give 5” Giving Tuesday early in May. From this rally, Nicholas County would raise over $6,500 that was granted to the New Beginnings Resource Center, to assist with the start up of their USDA food program. The New Beginnings Resource Center not only offered food to those in need, but multiple items, from clothing and hygiene products to furniture and supplies to furnish an apartment or home, as well as other resources and ways to refer individual with other needs. This program continues monthly for ALL in Nicholas County and the surrounding areas.

 As the stock market began to recover, so did our Fund, much to the relief of all of us at NCCF. The grant season went on, providing over $160,000 to our local non-profit organizations. Much praise and applause are deserved for the non-profit organizations in Nicholas County. While they already normally help those in their worst of times, these organizations were also going through the worst of times themselves, but somehow managed to maintain their course.

Our final push for the year came as a Giving Tuesday after Thanksgiving, in which we were able to quickly raise $670, which was sent by our Board of Directors to a Coat Drive that was concurrently being held by the Summersville Rotary Club. This project provided coats to any school age child in Nicholas County that did not have one.

Neighborhood Investment Credits won through the State of WV NIP Program were a trigger for growth for NCCF. In addition, the Fund for Nicholas County within the NCCF funds were used as matching incentive funds to start new funds in the NCCF. These incentives brought several new funds for the year, including the Donna Mazzei Fund for Animals, Rodney and Barbara LeRose Community Fund, Mackenzie Logan Gilbert Memorial Fund, Leslie Equipment Company Fund, Jim and Jane Davis Family Fund, Young Family Fund and the Rod LeRose Family Fund. Earlier in the year, we welcomed a new Non-Endowed Craigsville Cemetery Fund. As the stock market outperformed our expectations, the year ended on a high note for the NCCF. We provided over $190,000 in support to Nicholas County during a Pandemic.

The year 2020 will not be one soon forgotten, with many lessons learned along the way. We here at NCCF would like to extend our deepest condolences for all the lives lost due to the Pandemic and otherwise. We want you to know that the NCCF will continue to be here to support this community, throughout the storms and sunny days alike. Our mission is to connect charitable giving with a permanent source of funds to ease local needs while enriching the community for today and tomorrow.

Our Board of Directors are an amazing group of people with many talents, who offer much volunteer time to making our Foundation work for you. The Board of Directors for the NCCF include President Jay Borrell, Vice President Kelly Blake, Treasurer Steve Ferguson and Secretary Jim Davis and Directors Anita Groves, Mary Igo, Barbara LeRose, Michael Perilli, Benjean Rapp, Robert Shafer, Bruce Tallamy and John Mark Walkup. On behalf of our Board of Directors, we have many support partners to thank in our endeavors: Our Fund Holders, BB&T (now Truist) Bank and Foundation, Community Trust Bank, United Bank, City of Summersville, First Energy Foundation, Milan Puskar Foundation, Philanthropy WV, WVNPA, Ferguson Accounting Services, Adkins and Young Accounting Services, Greg Sproles Law Offices, Council on Foundations, Summersville Arena and Conference Center, Gad Dam Brewery and all those who volunteer and those who have donated in 2020 to support our cause.

Donations were given in Memory of Bob Rader by Robert and Shauna Shafer and Robert E. Craig by Kathy Heller.

To learn more about how you can play a role in the Nicholas County Community Foundation, from volunteering on a committee to donating regularly or starting a Fund, please check out our website at nccfwv.com, follow us on Facebook and contact Tamara Mullins, Executive Director at [email protected].