Longtime Preston County residents David Moran and Lori Wall have established two endowed funds with the Tucker Community Foundation to support artisans and economic development initiatives.
The Crimson Shamrock Crafts Fund and the Crimson Shamrock Appalachian Institute Fund were two of four new endowments recently approved by the board of directors of the Tucker Community Foundation. The Tucker Community Foundation currently manages more than 120 endowed funds that serve as the funding sources for annual grant and scholarship awards throughout the eight-county service area.
The Crimson Shamrock Crafts endowed fund will provide support for the development of the Artisans Crafts industry in West Virginia. This fund will help promote craftwork, improve economic viability of the crafts industry and promote the use of local materials and artistic techniques of hand-made products in West Virginia.
The Crimson Shamrock Appalachian Institute Fund will help improve the economic and social characteristics of Appalachia in West Virginia. This fund is focused on improving economic development, increasing technology, developing new professions and education and training in West Virginia.
Donors wishing to make a contribution to either fund may do so online at www.tuckerfoundation.net, or by mailing a check made out to Tucker Community Foundation, P.O. Box 491, Parsons, WV 26287 specifying the fund name in the memo line. Donations to this or any fund of the Foundation are tax deductible.
“As a community foundation, the Tucker Community Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of people throughout our service area,” said Robert Burns, executive director for the Tucker Community Foundation. “Field of interest funds like these two can provide opportunities for artists and economic development.
“Through the Tucker Community Foundation, individuals can create unrestricted funds, donor designated funds, endowments, and general funds to direct their philanthropic support to the community. Nonprofit organizations can also house their endowments at the Foundation to expand their asset base and grow organizational capacity in the long term.”