Fahe brings people, organizations, and resources together to build homes, communities, and a thriving Appalachia.

About Us
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With our network of 50+ diverse community-based nonprofits, we expand economic opportunity and security for all.

Our Members

As leaders, we speak with a unified voice to influence policy, philanthropy, and systems change.

Our Impact

Building Thriving Communities

Fahe is a purpose-oriented Network of 50+ diverse community-based nonprofits serving the Appalachian states of AL, MD, KY, TN, VA, and WV. We have cultivated the deepest-reaching platform to connect investment to boots-on-the-ground-leadership throughout one of the most difficult places to serve in the country.

How Fahe Works


Fahe works through our on-the-ground Membership to support local leaders, address local needs, and build up existing capacity. Fahe is Member-owned and—governed—as the needs of our Members and their communities change, so do Fahe’s strategies and priorities.


By working together to achieve Strength in Numbers across Appalachia, Fahe has grown in the depth and breadth of our impact and in our ability to influence opportunity across communities, sectors, systems, constituencies, and geographies.


Fahe has expanded our Appalachia-focused “go further together” strategy to become a leader of coalitions that advance national advocacy and systems change informed by the perspectives of local leaders and practitioners so all of our nation’s underserved regions can become places of opportunity for all people.

Since 1980, Fahe has worked with our Members and community partners to invest $1.91 billion, generate $1.76 billion in finance, and change the lives of over 941,707 people.

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Fahe Members

Fahe is powered by our boots on the ground: our Member organizations.

Latest News and Events Updates

Fahe Awarded $326,000 ARC ARISE Grant for new local leadership development and workforce development initiative for affordable housing nonprofits in Appalachia

May 10, 2024

BEREA, KY, May 10, 2024 —Today, Fahe was awarded $326,000 from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) for its new project Vocational Initiative for Thriving Appalachian Leadership (VITAL). The

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Building our Future at the 2024 Fahe Spring Retreat

April 24, 2024

“Thanks for showing up,” said Fahe’s Board Chair and President and CEO of HomeSource east Tennessee Jackie Mayo. “We are growing in impact, but we are still small enough of a group to know

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National Mortgage Professional Magazine Publishes “Home Lending Among the Hollers”

April 4, 2024

In March 2024, National Mortgage Professional Magazine published an article that sheds light on the challenges of home lending in Appalachia where close-knit, isolated communities face significant

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