The iBELIEVE Foundation Releases Planned Impact for 2018

Local nonprofit promotes student leadership

Columbus, OH – March 1, 2018 - Today The iBELIEVE Foundation publicly released information about its plan to increase educational opportunities in local communities for 2018. The organization which promotes 21st Century skills will feature 13 total leadership development programs for its Summer Workshops. This year, the series will feature a 5-day, 4-night residential program hosted by 9 regional college campuses across 4 Appalachian states. With each event hosting around 150 high school students, the nonprofit expects to sponsor over 1,500 students this summer. Students from six Appalachian states (Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Virginia) will be invited to participate in the program this year as the foundation works to expand program opportunities in the region.

The series will promote the following schedule:May 13 – 15:

  • Marietta College with Ohio Valley ESC
  • June 10 – 14: East Tennessee State University
  • June 17 – 21: University of Rio Grande & University of Charleston
  • June 24 – 28: West Liberty University & Youngstown State University
  • July 8 – 12: West Liberty University & Muskingum University
  • July 15 – 19: Muskingum University & Marietta College
  • July 22 – 26: Eastern Kentucky University & Otterbein University
  • July 29 – August 2: Eastern Kentucky University

Details about the events can be found on the organization’s website:

The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in 2011 with a mission to provide development opportunities to Appalachian youth. This year it will operate on a 1.3 million dollar budget to provide expense free leadership programs to high school students in counties across the 13 states of the Appalachian region. Rural students selected to participate in the Summer Workshop program receive an all-inclusive program scholarship valued at $350.

Patrick Klein, Executive Director of the organization explains the value of the sponsored opportunities, “The iBELIEVE Foundation continues to grow and provide life-changing opportunities to the Appalachian region. This summer, we will grow into 2 additional states” (Tennessee and Virginia), said Klein. “We are proud to represent such a strong, hardworking region. These students are the future leaders of our cities, states, and nation."

Students that participate in iBELIEVE Foundation summer camps and other programming develop a sense of their personal strengths and weaknesses to be better students, leaders, and citizens. Through the program, participants develop the network necessary to help them achieve their goals, creating more opportunities for current and future Appalachian students.

Gifts to the iBELIEVE Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To support leadership opportunities for Appalachian students, please designate your gift to The iBELIEVE Foundation and mail to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, OH 45764. Donations can also be made online at


About The iBELIEVE Foundation

The iBELIEVE Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Columbus, Ohio. The foundation strives to provide opportunities to Appalachian youth for the development of 21st Century skills such as leadership, communication, and problem solving. Ultimately, the organization’s goal is to increase collegiate attendance and retention in the Appalachian region.

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American Electric Power Supports The iBELIEVE Foundation & Appalachian Youth

$168,000 dedication supports students of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky

Students of today’s generation seek to obtain skills learned outside the classroom. Vital social skills such as leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills are increasingly demanded to secure successful positions in the workforce. In rural Appalachia, The iBELIEVE Foundation is taking measures to increase access to leadership development programs for high school students. The Foundation prioritizes the future of these students by providing expense free opportunities for local participants to develop these skills at annual program events hosted year-round. The iBELIEVE Foundation’s mission would not be successful without contributions like those dedicated from the American Electric Power Community Foundation.

AEP announced earlier this week that it would award iBELIEVE with a contribution of $168,000. The funds will support iBELIEVE Summer Workshop programs in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. The summer program series invites high school students for a week-long, residential program hosted across regional universities. The funds dedicated from AEP will sponsor 450 students to attend expense free.

Patrick Klein, founder of the iBELIEVE Foundation, thanked AEP for their dedication to the organization. “We are so grateful for what AEP has done for our organization since Day 1. Their commitment to the Appalachian region and the futures of the local youth has been evident by their actions. This grant will provide even more students with life-changing experiences, but more importantly, allow us to grow in a new state. Thank you for believing in our mission.”

“Education is the top philanthropic priority of the American Electric Power Foundation,” said Dale Heydlauff, president of AEP Foundation. “It is the fundamental precursor to positive change and nowhere is the need greater than in the Appalachian communities reached through the iBELIEVE Foundation. We are proud to support the student leadership development work of the iBELIEVE Foundation as it inspires hundreds of youth to enroll in post-secondary studies that lead to rewarding careers.”

In an effort to emphasize the importance of the skills learned in the program, iBELIEVE is dedicated to providing every event at no cost for participants. Students are sponsored for a program scholarship valued at $350 on behalf of The Foundation’s fundraising efforts. We are proud of what we have accomplished in our first 6 years,” Klein says. “The young people of Appalachia are hard-working, bright, giving, and very motivated. Our goal is to continue to grow and provide this special opportunity to as many young people as possible!”

Gifts to the iBELIEVE Foundation are tax deductible and can be made in many ways, including cash, bequests, and life insurance. To support leadership opportunities for Appalachian students please designate your gift to the iBELIEVE Foundation and mail to The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, PO Box 456, Nelsonville, Ohio 45764. Donations can also be made online at . For more information on how you can make a difference in the lives of Appalachian youth, please call The iBELIEVE Foundation at 614-827-5463 or visit

About the iBELIEVE Foundation

The iBELIEVE Foundation was established to provide leadership, communication, and problem solving skills to Appalachian youth so that they could become successful future leaders in their schools and most importantly in their communities. More information can be found at

Three Central Ohio Organizations Receive Grants from Walmart Foundation

Retailer gives $200,000 to support Ohio non-profits

Columbus, OH – January 10, 2018 – Walmart and the Walmart Foundation today presented grants totaling $100,000 to three central Ohio non-profit organizations that work to help others live better. The grants were made available through the Foundation’s State Giving Council which is awarding grants totaling $200,000 to five non-profit organization this week.

Walmart representatives from central Ohio gathered at the Walmart Supercenter in Dublin to recognize the following organizations for their service to the community:

  • Lutheran Social Services CHOICES for Victims of Domestic Violence will receive a $31,000 grant to help domestic violence victims and their children with services in and outside of its shelter.
  • Canine Companions for Independence will receive a $25,000 grant to provide assistance dogs with people with disabilities and help them to live more independently.
  • The iBELIEVE Foundation will receive a $44,000 grant to purchase two vehicles to reach more youth in Appalachia with educational programs that teach leadership and problem-solving skills and ultimately close the college access gap that affects so many in this region.