Megan Wanczyk is the Vice President of Communications and Programs at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio (FAO), where she has been a part of FAO’s mission to create opportunities for Appalachian Ohio’s citizens and communities by inspiring and supporting philanthropy since 2009. After earning her master’s degree in public administration at Ohio University, Megan joined FAO, where she now leads the Foundation’s communications and programs strategy.
Currently, Megan and the FAO team are working to develop the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy through the Pillars of Prosperity, new regional grantmaking endowments designed to increase support for projects and needs across 32 counties in Arts & Culture, Community & Economic Development, Education, Environmental Stewardship, and Health & Human Services while strategically shrinking the philanthropy gap that leaves Appalachian Ohio with nine times fewer philanthropic dollars per capita than the rest of the state.
At the heart of this work is FAO’s signature I’m a Child of Appalachia® campaign, designed to encourage those who call Appalachian Ohio home, especially its youngest residents, to take pride in the region and develop a mindset that they can do anything because they’re from Appalachian Ohio.
A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Megan worked in public and community relations for theaters in Boston prior to joining the Foundation team, helping to shine a light on the role of the arts and connect more of Boston’s citizens to theater. And though she will always have a love for the bright lights on the marquee, being a part of FAO has given Megan a chance to help those who want to make Appalachian Ohio shine brighter.