Local foundation doubles dollars for Nelsonville-focused legacy fund | News


The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio doubled the resources of a local legacy foundation that came under its umbrella as the Moon Family Legacy Fund.

With the fund’s dollars increased from $70,000 to $140,000 thanks to a special matching opportunity at FAO, the fund will now make twice the difference.

Resources from the fund will be used to support non-profit projects and programs in Nelsonville and the surrounding communities of Buchtel, Carbon Hill and Murray City.

The fund’s initial $70,000 came from a dissolved family trust created by Wilson Lowell Moon, grandfather of Melanie Wilt.

Moon owned the Greenfield Printing and Publishing Company in Greenfield, Ohio for nearly 50 years. He and Wilt’s father, David D. Moon, worked side by side.

“They’ve always been civic-minded and have given a lot to the community, including building a medical center and the Greenfield Area Christian Center,” Wilt said. “They started the Moon Family Foundation after selling our family printing business in 1995.”

With the passing of her father in 2021, Wilt was named president of the foundation.

“It was decided between me and my siblings that we would move the funds, and FAO was the perfect fit for that,” said Wilt, who moved to this area in 2020. “The matching program was a great opportunity to increase the fund, and I saw the need in this area and thought it could benefit the community, I also appreciated the way FAO let me name the fund, keeping my family’s legacy alive.

The Fund joins the Nelsonville Community Foundation family of funds at FAO.

Since 1998, FAO has worked with donors who are passionate about Ohio’s Appalachia, its communities and its future. The organization helps donors give back in ways that are meaningful to them and to our region.

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