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OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition

Total Qualifying Score: 10
County (ARC Region): Yes
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: No – 1
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


OVEC-Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition
Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia 25773

County (ARC Region) Cabell
State (ARC Region) West Virginia


Q1. Mission:

Our mission is to organize and maintain a diverse grassroots organization dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the environment and communities through education, grassroots organizing and coalition building, leadership development, strategic litigation and media outreach. 

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

OVEC is part of the ReImagine Appalachia coalition and we are in the midst of developing a ReImagine Ohio River Valley campaign. Our aim is to highlight, support, and help develop non-resource-extractive economic development in our region. For our members, volunteers and allies, we offer skills trainings in areas such as community organizing, leadership development, and media relations. We are engaged with several students and professors at Marshall University in a youth engagement program  in which we teach environmental values and work on building narratives that celebrate our regional history and offer positive visions for our future. 

Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 9/0 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 6/0 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $566,850/$545,757

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $549,202.16 / $458,916.46

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $566,850 / $545,757

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): No ($)
Received From:   Date Received:
For What Purpose(s):

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

Like so many grassroots organizations, the pandemic left us scrambling to figure out how to take care of our staff, keep up morale, and check in on our members, and how to keep them connected and engaged.  We have been concerned about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having our ability to recruit new members.

To address this problem, we’ve had intense staff brain-storming sessions, researched solutions undertaken by other organizations, and recently hired a new communications person who will help with digital outreach and organizing. To safely engage folks during the pandemic, we planned online events and outside activities. For example, we are holding bi-weekly informal online “lunchtime chat and chews” to learn from our members and the community at large about their concerns, types of actions that motivate folks to participate, etc. We are also working on a geocaching project to educate the public about environmental concerns, elicit new members who may not have heard of OVEC, and to promote pride in our regional history. We are placing caches around the region in key historical sites or places of interest that are also impacted by the environmental issues on which OVEC focuses.

While mileage costs have gone down, we’ve incurred new expenses, such as having to provide and pay for Internet access for our staff at home (and we’ve had to deal in frustration with WV’s terrible Internet infrastructure). While we’ve obtained funding to add three new staff members this year, we are concerned that that funding may not be available in coming years.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Continued funding at the same level (or ideally increased level) for the next several years
staff morale
organizational capacity

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

I started with OVEC as a volunteer in 1995 and became ED in 2019. I do not have any training other than seat-of-the pants in financial management. It is essential that I, OVEC’s ED, receive better education/acquire new learning in regards to long-term financial planning and fundraising in order for me to do my level best at making certain we are at a minimum maintaining our current staffing and, ideally, increasing capacity.



Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Long-term Financial Management

Course #2 Choice: 2-Fundraising

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Winter 2021 A: 5-Week Course (Jan. 25, 2021 – Feb. 28, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Fall 2020: 6-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 – Dec. 18, 2020)


Name: Vivian Stockman, executive director

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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