Christian Appalachian Project's mission is Building Hope, Transforming Lives, and Sharing Christ's Love Through Service in Appalachia.
Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) was founded in 1964 by Eastern Kentucky parish priest, Rev. Ralph Beiting, who felt called to minister to the full range of needs in his midst. For 50 years since, CAP has provided food, shelter, clothing, and a range of other vital services to people in need in Appalachia, with its primary target populations being children and low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled.
Through the efforts of approximately 150 full-time staff, 50 long-term volunteers, and 1,100 short-term volunteers annually, CAP’s direct service programs touch the lives of more than 80,000 people each year within its primary service area of Eastern Kentucky, home to the most concentrated generational poverty in America. CAP’s direct programs include housing repair, food and clothing banks, pre-school education, after-school programs, emergency assistance, domestic violence shelters, family counseling, summer camps, elderly services, disaster relief, and in-home respite services for families of individuals with disabilities.
Through its Operation Sharing® program, CAP also serves another 1 million people in need regionally, distributing $80 million in donated food and supplies each year among more than 1,000 partner nonprofits in 13 Appalachian states, plus Arkansas and Missouri. CAP’s basic mission is to help end poverty across Appalachia, a region which spans 205,000 square-miles from the New York Catskill Mountains to the Mississippi foothills and is home to 24.8 million Americans.
50 years, Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) has been helping people in need
in Appalachia through a variety of non-evangelistic human service programs, and
is today the largest human services charity indigenous to Appalachia. In all, CAP
touches the lives of more than 1 million people in need every year.
Among CAP’s wide-ranging programs, one of the most notable is Operation Sharing®, which provides more than $80 million in donated goods annually to distressed communities in 15 Appalachian and Ozark states. Through a partnership with national gift-in-kind NGOs, CAP acquires these goods—including food and drinks, household and building supplies, clothing, appliances, furniture, office supplies, and books—from across the nation and then distributes them among more than 1,100 regional partner nonprofits.
Often using such supplies donated, another of CAP’s programs, its Housing Repair program, addresses the widespread problem of substandard housing conditions in Appalachia by providing minor repairs, extensive renovations, and in some cases completely new homes to low-income homeowners in some of the region’s poorest counties. In addition, the program provides participants with budgeting classes, home ownership classes, and assistance in obtaining low-interest loans when applicable.
With a focus on families and education, CAP also operates two Child and Family Development Centers in Eastern Kentucky which seek to break the cycle of poverty at its roots. At each of the Centers, educators work with children to instill basic skills and a firm learning foundation as well as helping to train and equip parents for the vital roles they play in the development of their children.
CAP offers many other programs that follow the common thread of helping those that are under-served and at-risk, including through disaster relief, elderly services, family counseling, domestic violence shelters, summer camps and in-school programs for children from low-income families, and in-home respite care for people with disabilities. Through participation from more than 1,200 short- and long-term volunteers annually, CAP’s large and well-established volunteer program also helps provide the backbone of labor and love necessary to operate and extend the impact of many of these programs.
Founded in 1964, CAP continues year after year to serve people in need in Appalachia, always looking for ways to both provide relief and to promote self-help so that participants, as often as possible, receive not just a handout but a hand-up on their paths out of poverty.
Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) has a Board of Directors that is a self-perpetuating body with terms of one year, renewable a maximum of 10 consecutive years. Board bylaws require at least three and no more than 25 members. The Board meets quarterly, and all meetings are documented and recorded in minutes. The Board annually elects a Chairperson. The Board has committees that cover all aspects of the organization, including Development, Audit, Finance, Personnel, Property, Governance, and Executive. The entire Board receives general information regarding the financial status of the organization monthly.
Through his professional career as a consultant, fundraiser, vice president for a private college, and numerous other positions, Guy Adams brings expertise in nonprofit best practices and organizational leadership. His experiences include building comprehensive development programs, campaign planning and execution, board development and training, donor research, cultivation and solicitation, major gifts and Moves Management®, estate planning, endowment building, grant-writing, donor acknowledgement and stewardship, annual giving, strategic planning, and volunteer utilization.
Guy Adams arrived at Christian Appalachian Project with a mandate to enhance the organization's philanthropic support through a significant effort toward developing its planned and major gift program into a best-practice leader. To that end, he has helped create, update, and implement the organization’s first strategic plan as well as embarked on several strategies to increase donations and strengthen donor relationships.
Randy Beckham began his career at the Christian Appalachian Project in 2006 as a long-term volunteer doing special project work for the president. In 2008, he joined CAP as a full-time development officer. Before joining CAP, he was president and C.E.O. of a community bank.
Gloria Jordan originally joined the Christian Appalachian Project as a Medical Coordinator for the Children's Special Needs Home. Since then, her role has been mostly managerial, and she's worked with such diverse programs as:
Anita Seals first came to the Christian Appalachian Project in 1981 after a short volunteer service. She worked at the Spouse Abuse Center doing various administrative roles until 1998 when she became the Assistant Director of Human Services. In 2005 she advanced to the Regional Director of Human Services and 2012 became the Vice President of Human Services.
Christian Appalachian Project practices an open and transparent form of management, providing whatever information is asked of it whether by watchdog agencies, state governments, or any regulatory agency. Likewise, CAP is open with its employees and volunteers with the executive leadership generally holding at least two town hall meetings at various sites throughout the organization annually. In addition, the president/CEO distributes a monthly report to all Board members, employees, and volunteers each month that includes detailed financial information so that everyone has access to information concerning key operations of the organization, along with the organization's most currently available financial information. Finally, the organization has an active strategic plan, which is reviewed monthly by senior leaders within the organization and several other employees throughout the organization to help insure positive action and accountability and ultimately by the Board of Directors, which receives an update on the plan quarterly.
CAP operates two Child and Family Development Centers located in McCreary and Rockcastle counties in Eastern Kentucky. Focusing particularly on at-risk children and youth, each Center provides services tailored to meet the particular needs of the surrounding community, including daycare, preschool, family literacy, home visitation for infants and toddlers, as well as after-school programming for school-age children and teens.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Currently, CAP is reaching new donors with new fundraising channels and technologies. In the coming months we will be testing Direct Response TV with the hope that we can acquire new monthly donors with less upfront cost than current direct response approaches. CAP is also continuing to increase organizational efficiencies through gains in training, experience, and stewardship.
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