Sugar Bush Foundation joins partnership to invest in grassroots initiatives through FAO’s Cause Connector | News

NELSONVILLE — The Flournoy family, creators of the Sugar Bush Foundation, an Ohio University Foundation support organization, has partnered with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) in an innovative way to further support Sugar Bush-funded projects serving Appalachian Ohio, according to a press release.

Appalachian Ohio has access to fewer grants and scholarships per capita than the rest of the state. This “philanthropic divide” means that students, nonprofits, schools, and community organizations in the region have less support to pursue their education, meet pressing needs, and seize opportunities that can make a difference.

Cause Connector, FAO’s online giving site, was designed with the philanthropy divide in mind so donors can find projects that matter to them and are ready to make a difference in Appalachia. of Ohio today. In 2021, Cause Connector introduced its first round of projects and thanks to an outpouring of donor support, 88 nonprofit projects were funded, giving them the crucial support needed to move their efforts forward.

This year, the Flournoy family is offering a bounty of $500 for every $500 raised by Sugar Bush Foundation-funded projects listed on Cause Connector. With bonuses of up to $10,000 available per project, this support will provide additional capacity to organizations working to make a difference across the region. In a region with less access to charitable resources, local partnerships like the one between the Flournoy family and FAO find unique ways to encourage donors to make an immediate difference for lasting change.

“For years, our family has been looking for a way to strengthen the partnership between FAO sister organizations and the Sugar Bush Foundation,” said Hylie Voss, President of the Sugar Bush Foundation. “When the FAO launched Cause Connector last year, we started thinking about how their platform could help us highlight to our shared communities some of the wonderful work going on in Appalachia. Ohio.”

On Cause Connector, donors easily search for projects funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation by selecting “Sugar Bush Foundation Initiative” from the list of categories. Additionally, donors can also refine their search to sort projects by area of ​​interest and by county.

The projects benefiting from this partnership are:

• Habitat for Humanity: Incubating Sustainable Social Enterprises

• Winding Ohio Road

• Rural Action: Ohio Farm Task Force

• Rural Action: Appalachian Ohio Zero Waste Initiative

• Rural action: rural waste

• Rural action: the real pigments

“Cause Connector is an innovative and unique way to connect donors to projects they can have a direct impact on,” said Cara Dingus Brook, Chief Executive Officer of FAO. “We are grateful to the Flournoy family and the Sugar Bush Foundation for their investment in their initiatives featured on Cause Connector. This site shares the amazing work of the many nonprofit organizations in Appalachia, Ohio, and we hope people will go to Cause Connector to find projects they are passionate about supporting and, in doing so, help us celebrate nonprofits and leaders in our communities.

Rachel J. Bradford