Philanthropy West Virginia Honors C.J. Kaiser
PARKERSBURG — Wheeling attorney C.J. Kaiser has received the Lifetime Volunteer Leadership Award from Philanthropy West Virginia.
He is one of six 2019 West Virginia Spirit of Philanthropy honorees.
Philanthropy West Virginia presented the awards this week at the organization’s 26th annual members meeting and conference at The Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg.
Kaiser was honored for his commitment to the Upper Ohio Valley. Serving on the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley’s board of directors for 28 years, he is a driving force behind the foundation’s growth from a $1.4 million organization in 1991 to over $60 million in 2019.
He is both a donor and adviser to many individuals who engage in personal philanthropy through the community foundation.
“Kaiser’s vision, dedication and commitment has built a better CFOV as well as a stronger future for the Upper Ohio Valley,” officials said.
The Susan S. Landis Spirit of Philanthropy Endowment at the Beckley Area Foundation is making mini-grants ($250) in honor of the award recipients to their favorite local charities. The Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley’s Unrestricted Community Enhancement Fund is receiving a mini-grant in Kaiser’s honor.
This year marks a record year for the number of honorees. The awards are based in four categories with two lifetime achievement awards this year for philanthropic giving, leadership and partnerships coming from small towns to big cities.
“Great energy, humble service, and generous support represent West Virginia’s true spirit of philanthropy. We’re honored to recognize six deserving leaders and organizations this year,” said Paul D. Daugherty, president and CEO of Philanthropy West Virginia.
The Foundation for the Tri-State Community and the Huntington America’s Best Communities Collaborative Team received the Critical Impact Award. Jean Clark earned the Volunteer Leadership Award for her personal philanthropic giving and leadership in community philanthropy and numerous causes in Preston and Monongalia counties.
Dominion Energy and Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation received the inaugural Corporate Responsibility Leader Award.
The Staff Leadership Award was given to Tamara Mullins, executive director of the Nicholas County Community Foundation. Meanwhile, the Lifetime Staff Leadership Award was presented to Sheri Ryder, senior program officer of the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation.
Proceeds from the luncheon and awards ceremony support the West Virginia Spirit of Philanthropy Endowment providing future mini-grants to critical West Virginia organizations and community partners.