There’s a new way to make a difference in Jackson County. Cause Connector is a giving website that connects people who want to make a difference with local, non-profit projects working in Jackson. This platform was developed by the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio as a new way to give to communities and causes you care about.

At, donors can easily search for projects serving local communities across the areas of arts and culture, community and economic development, education, environmental stewardship, and health and human services. Donors can also narrow their search with filters to sort projects by interest area and county. Cause Connector has already seen 34 projects funded from across Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties, but projects serving Jackson County remain. Those who want to give have until Friday, April 9 to visit the website, discover a project, and contribute to its fundraising goal! 

“We created Cause Connector to connect donors who want to make a difference with investment-ready projects in our local communities,” said Cara Dingus Brook, FAO’s president and CEO. “Our region is full of leaders with innovative solutions and ideas for helping others, and Cause Connector is a new technology designed to support their success.”

Appalachian Ohio has access to fewer grant and scholarship dollars per capita than the rest of the state. This “philanthropy gap” means the region’s students, nonprofits, schools, and community organizations have less support to continue education, meet pressing needs, and pursue opportunities that can make a tremendous difference. 

Cause Connector was built with the philanthropy gap in mind so that donors can help fund projects that need their support in the region right now while also building resources for future projects. On Cause Connector, you can be connected with projects ready to make a difference, honor a loved one with a gift to a project they’ll love, or make a donation that creates an impact.

Local projects which have already been funded through the Cause Connector program include the Community Murals project of the Wellston High School Art Club, the Summer Bike Program of the Jackson City Library and two projects of the Vinton County 4-H Advisory Council.

Two other projects which are still currently accepting contributions through Cause Connector are the Story Walk project of the Jackson City Library and the Jackson County Community Foundation.

Non-profits on Cause Connector have until April 9to receive funding to make their projects possible. Gifts of all sizes are welcome at and will receive match opportunities to increase the impact of their gift during this inaugural round of Cause Connector. 

About the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO) is a regional community foundation serving the 32 counties of Appalachian Ohio. A 501(c) (3) public charity, the Foundation creates opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy. For more information about FAO, visit