Foundation For Appalachian Advancement


Our Philosophy

The Appalachian region is a place of strong values, a rich history, and a wealth of opportunity. We believe that solutions to move Appalachia forward regarding economic development and growth, tourism and education are most effective when they come from individuals and groups within Appalachia. We believe that the future of our region should be steered by the hard working citizens, visionaries and dreamers from Appalachia. We also believe that promoting our history, culture and the arts is an important part of the continued growth and development of Appalachia.

Our Mission

Working for economic, educational and cultural advancement throughout the Appalachian region.

Our Vision

For Appalachians to thrive in a region that is rich with mountains of opportunity.

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Listen to our podcast! Appalachian Shine-shining a light on amazing things, places and people in Appalachia.


We consider it an honor and a duty to promote the bright spots here in Appalachia. Our podcast, Appalachian Shine, does just that. We have guests on frequently to talk about economic development and tourism as well as having artists of all kinds on to talk about their work and their vision of the region. We are blessed to call such a beautiful region our home, and we’re proud to shine a light on the amazing people and places we love. If you, or someone you know, would like to be a guest please touch base by emailing us at and put the word “podcast” in the subject line.

Appalachian Shine can be found by searching the podcast app on your smart phone or by listening online at


in the news

We’ve began a program called Operation Helping Hand this year in order to help provide needed items to the homeless in Southwest Virginia. This program came about after a podcast discussion in late December with Family Crisis Support Services Inc. in Wise County. Among the items needed that we are collecting are clothing (and especially women and children/young adult), under garments, and other needed amenities. Marybeth and her team are doing great work and we are honored to be helping out. If you’d like to donate clothing or other items please feel free to touch base with us here by emailing and put donate in the subject line or you can reach out to their organization directly at

Latest News

Heather Kime from Big Walker Lookout near Wytheville, VA joins us to talk about their country store and the musicians and artists they support at their location. Big Walker Lookout hosts live musicians every weekend as a stop Along the Crooked Road. You can listen to the podcast online at

 Jessee Ring, owner of JBR Vineyards in Giles County stops by to talk with us about the growing wine industry in Virginia and how the Appalachian climate is the perfect spot for the industry.  Listen here:

 Richard Hudson, owner of Clinch River Farms, joins us to talk about the events held at the farm, and the amazing work done by the nonprofit organizations they fund. Mountain Kids, Inc. and Attitude Arts Academy. From summer camps to after school programs, Mr. Hudson is following a calling. Learn more about what they do by visiting them online and on their social media. Listen here:


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The Foundation For Appalachian Advancement is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Check donations can be made payable to Foundation For Appalachian Advancment and mailed to:

Foundation For Appalachian Advancement, P.O. Box 397, Richlands, VA 24641.