JACKSON COUNTY - The Jackson County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), is now accepting applications from area nonprofit organizations to participate in the 2015 Charity Challenge Run & Walk Benefit and Matching Grant Program. The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, April 15.  

Charity Challenge is a collaborative fundraising Run & Fun Walk Benefit and matching program.  This program gives community organizations the opportunity to have their fundraising dollars ($500 minimum and $2,000 maximum) matched at a 50% level ($1 match for each $2 raised) through the Charity Challenge Run &Walk Benefit to be held in Ravenswood on September 19.

The Charity Challenge Benefit is administered annually by the Foundation to raise funds collaboratively and build community awareness for the many important community projects produced by the non-profit organizations serving our area.  Last year the 20 participating organizations collectively generated over $156,000 with the Foundation providing matching dollars.

“The Jackson County Community Foundation works to build permanent dedicated funds to benefit Jackson County residents, causes, and non-profit organizations. We believe that raising funds and producing events collectively is effective and efficient and also works to strengthen our sense of community. Over the past 13 years the Charity Challenge Program has provided over $1.2 million in support for community programs and projects,” commented Jane Winters, PACF Regional Manger of Affiliates.  

Any Jackson County non-profit organization (listed as a 501c-3); public institution (or support group for a public institution); church or governmental entity can apply to be involved in the program.  Approximately 20 non-profit organizations will be selected for participation in a competitive selection process. A Selection Committee from the Foundation will review applications and select the participating organizations in an effort to involve a broad range of programs and projects in education; health & human services; recreation; and arts & culture.
 
Applications are completed online at the Foundation website www.pacfwv.com (under the Jackson County tab) and must be submitted online by midnight April 15, 2015. Interested non-profit organizations must complete an application form by the deadline to be considered for participation in the matching program. Questions regarding the Charity Challenge Matching Program can be directed to the Foundation at 304-372-8588 or jane.winters@pacfwv.com.  Organizations will be selected and notified regarding their participation by May 1.

About the Jackson County Community Foundation:
The Jackson County Community Foundation (JCCF) works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or non-profit organizations to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Jackson County, West Virginia.  JCCF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF), which is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages more than 430 charitable funds with nearly $44 million in assets.  PACF works in partnership with local affiliates to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of an 11-county service area.  Since 2000, JCCF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.  For more information about PACF and its affiliate, JCCF, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438 (Parkersburg Office) or 304-372-8588 (Ripley Field Office).