How We Work
We believe in consistently and intentionally shifting control back into the hands of local leaders.
We Support Communities
We combine the stability of a traditional community foundation with the innovation of impact investing and supporting social enterprises.
We Develop Leadership
We motivate and develop community leaders and eliminate barriers to growth.
We Grow Assets
We connect resources to local people and programs creating equitable, lasting, and positive change.
What Makes Us
The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky meets communities where they are instead of telling them where they should be. Because, at the end of the day, we believe that investing in the people rooted in communities is the way to make them better.
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The Appalachian Big Ideas Festival
Join us in one of the most exciting cities in Appalachian Kentucky for a three-day festival! Hear from national and local thought leaders, see artists create in real time, and enjoy some of the best cuisine Appalachia has to offer. Registration and all public programming including music, workshops, and performances are FREE.
Rising Where WE’re Rooted
Discover how we are helping to reclaim the power of community for Eastern Kentucky.