Founded in 2011, the Your Community Foundation of North Central West Virginia (YCFWV) is a public charity created by and for the people of West Virginia. Patty Showers Ryan was inducted as President of the foundation in June 2016. 

Ms. Ryan is a Morgantown native who returned home after professional stints in Colorado and Maryland. A graduate of Colorado State University, her career motivations have always included an affinity with non-profit work. Before joining YCFWV, she was employed with the West Virginia University Foundation for 14 years and has served as the Director of Development for various schools, including Dentistry, Pharmacy and Education. 

As President, Ms. Ryan administers and develops all aspects of foundation management, working closely with business professionals, community leaders and volunteers. 

The North Central wing of the foundation is one of seven affiliates in West Virginia and serves a total of five counties, including Monongalia County. The foundation supports a variety of endowment funds and specializes in scholarship awards and grants.

Ms. Ryan joined Jim Matuga on Positively West Virginia to discuss the foundation’s Double Your Impact Challenge. The Double Your Impact Challenge was “sparked by the generous gift of an anonymous donor who believes in YCF’s mission and that we all have the power to create positive change in our communities,” stated Ms. Ryan.

The campaign is a 100 percent matching fund with aspirations to raise up to one million dollars by December of 2022. Upon airing the podcast episode, the foundation had received a generous donation of $250,000, $500,000 with the match. 

Donations received will support the Impact Fund and the Addiction Prevention Initiative Fund.

“I love helping people give back to something that is meaningful to them,” said Ms. Ryan. “I want to create a spirit of philanthropy throughout West Virginia and their communities.”

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  • PIECE OF ADVICE: “Get involved and volunteer,” advised Ryan.