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Community building through giving topic of local radio program on WOUB Network

ATHENS, Ohio (April 6, 2004) -- Charitable giving can be used as a vehicle for change by attracting donors who care about a region and are willing to invest in it. Appalachian Ohio, however, has a philanthropy gap. While 16 percent of the state's population live in the region, a mere two percent of the state's charitable assets are here.

The next This Time Around: Reinventing Community, airing Tuesday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m. on the WOUB Radio Network, focuses on the role of philanthropy in community building and its opportunities in Appalachian Ohio. Producer Sandra Sleight-Brennan talks with Leslie Lilly, the director of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio; Morgan County entrepreneurs Jean and Marvin Konkle; and Zanesville philanthropist Charles Love to explore the possibilities charitable giving can offer to the Appalachian region.

This Time Around: Reinventing Community is a year-long series that explores the fabric of community, how and why communities change, and what the future may hold for Appalachian Ohio. Features focus on communities within the WOUB Radio Network coverage area and includes four quarterly call-in discussion programs. A companion website is available at: www.thistimearound.org and allows community members to interact online. This Time Around: Reinventing Community repeats on Tuesday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. during Afternoon Edition on the WOUB Radio Network.

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Media Contact: Radio Producer Sandra Sleight-Brennan, (740) 593-4857

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