Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Vandalia Heritage Foundation

  • Fairmont, WV
  • www.vandalia.org

Mission Statement

Vandalia was formed in 1998 as a response to the need by local communities to combat further deterioration of their downtowns and neighborhoods. Its core mission of "economic revitalization" with an emphasis on historic preservation is accomplished through a variety of means, including: Vandalia's own reinvestment in historic and underutilized properties; providing technical assistance to locally based communities, non-profits and residents interested in historic preservation and redevelopment; and ongoing mentoring of and partnerships with other organizations with common goals and limited resources. While a regional organization, Vandalia focuses on local priorities and incorporates a holistic approach to community and economic development, often through planning and predevelopment efforts.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

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Laura Kurtz Kuhns

Keywords

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*Historic Preservation *Redevelopment *Economic Revitalization

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Also Known As

VHF

EIN

55-0768996

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

Economic Development (S30)

Housing Rehabilitation (L25)

IRS Filing Requirement

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In its ten-year history, Vandalia has encouraged and facilitated more than fifty specific revitalization projects, often investing its own resources and ensuring that what are often volunteer-based efforts receive the appropriate level of due diligence and expertise. By "professionalizing the effort" and collaborating with existing organizations on the ground, Vandalia often provides the missing component(s) needed to bring certain community initiatives to fruition. Often through acquiring the most neglected and historic or otherwise significant properties in downtowns and neighborhoods, Vandalia combats deterioration, redeveloping difficult properties, or mothballing others for future investments and reuse. While its main focus has been on revitalizing places through redevelopment of "bricks and mortar", Vandalia has also been concerned with the preservation of the "unbuilt" environment through its LEGACY program, which strives to collect, preserve and communicate local history and heritage. Other programs that Vandalia operates through its Community and Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (CNRI) include the Preservation Resource Center, which provides ongoing technical assistance and resource materials through its collections, workshops and hands-on technical assisstance and the ongoing maintenance of locally significant properties and places. Vandalia encourages the development of affordable housing through its own projects and by supporting other non-profit development entities. Vandalia also offers a revolving loan for small businesses through its First Congressional District loan program, limited to rural communities. While it has received considerable public funding support and continues to pursue competitive grants, Vandalia has always strived for sustainability through income derived from its own real estate, in addition to earning fees for services. Working with an experienced team of professionals (some staff, some outsourced for economic efficiency), Vandalia works with its sister organization, Vandalia Redevelopment Corporation, to provide the following services and capabilities: -Historic Preservation, Restoration, Renovation, and Adaptive Re-use -Master Planning and Feasibility Studies -Project Management and Administration -Grants Management and Administration -Community and Economic Development -Public/Private Partnerships -Strategic Real Estate Services, including Property/Asset Management, Owner's Representation and Site Analysis -Graphic Design, Brochures and Publications, Specializing in Heritage Publications -Archival Consultation and Exhibit Design -Historic Research Services and LEGACY Multimedia Productions and Presentations Through its involvment in numerous revitalization initiatives, some its own, Vandalia strives to create economically healthy and prosperous communities and neighborhoods throughout its service area.

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VANDALIA HERITAGE FOUNDATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Vandalia Heritage Foundation

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Principal Officer

Laura Kurtz Kuhns

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