CHARLESTON — In the midst of the COVID-19 response, West Virginia nonprofits are on the front lines and grappling with growing needs and declining revenue.
To ensure that West Virginia’s citizens, companies, and foundations are able to assist nonprofits, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and Philanthropy West Virginia President & CEO Paul D. Daugherty announced today their partnership to:
“During the 2016 flood, West Virginia learned a great deal about statewide emergency response and most importantly the value and impact of all size nonprofits in our state. As we are in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis, we encourage citizens to support their favorite charities, and do their research to prevent scams from taking valuable dollars away from worthy organizations,” says Paul D. Daugherty, president & CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia.
Philanthropy West Virginia is the state’s leadership network for philanthropy serving grant-making private, family, and community foundations, corporations, private donors, and other funders.
As the state’s non-profit and charitable organization registry official, West Virginia Secretary of State Mac Warner and his staff advocate for supporting nonprofits as well as doing your homework.
“We are committed to accountability and best practices by nonprofits so that our citizens' generous donations are put to the best use in our communities," Warner said. "Our Charities Division works hard to ensure the general public knows who, what, and where they are donating to help so many citizens and communities hurting during these uncertain times.”
Philanthropy West Virginia and the West Virginia Secretary of State have come together to help ensure citizens are able to make informed donations to their favorite non-profits and charities and know who are the credible emergency relief funds to donate to during a crisis.
“In 2016, we had several relief funds pop up which were not affiliated with a registered or currently recognized tax-exempt nonprofit organization by the Secretary of State’s Office. We want to be sure folks do their homework to have increased confidence that donations of their hard-earned monies go to organizations serving West Virginia's citizens and communities,” said Secretary of State Warner.
The WV Secretary of State and Philanthropy WV recommend that you take the following steps:
During these uncertain times, Secretary Warner and Philanthropy West Virginia want to ensure that West Virginians can be certain they are supporting properly registered nonprofits and relief funds that are responding to this crisis and serving our citizens.
“We appreciate Secretary Warner and his team’s commitment in West Virginia to ensure the accountability of nonprofit and charitable organizations making the greatest impact during this crisis,” shares Philanthropy WV’s Daugherty.
For more information about the WV Secretary of State’s Office visit: wvsos.gov or Philanthropy West Virginia visit: www.philanthropywv.org.