Appalachian Regional Commission Names Rich Sutphin for READY Nonprofits Fall Cohort


Appalachian Regional Commission Names Rich Sutphin for READY Nonprofits Fall Cohort

Rich Sutphin to represent West Virginia Rural Health Association in 10-week learning track designed for Appalachian nonprofit leaders.

August 30, 2022, Barboursville, WV – The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) named Rich Sutphin, Executive Director of West Virginia Rural Health Association, to participate in the Fall 2022 Cohort of READY Nonprofits, one of four learning tracks in ARC’s READY Appalachia initiative.


Selected through a competitive application process, Sutphin will participate in 10 weeks of course work and peer-to-peer learning designed specifically for Appalachian nonprofits and delivered by an array of content specialists. Once Sutphin completes the 10-week course, West Virginia Rural Health Association is eligible to apply for up to $25,000 in match-free funding to implement a capacity-building project in rural West Virginia.


“By helping local leaders and nonprofit organizations to build on their capacity to develop infrastructure projects and workforce development initiatives in our communities, READY Appalachia will also help increase equity for our Appalachian people and ensure that the region’s resilience and success will transform their future,” said ARC Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin.

READY Nonprofits Fall 2022 Cohort members will develop skills across a variety of areas, including:

  • Fundraising
  • Financial management
  • Board development
  • Staff and volunteer recruitment and retention
  • Program and operations management
  • Marketing, communications, and story telling


WVRHA Executive Director Rich Sutphin said “I am excited to represent the West Virginia Rural Health Association as a participant in the READY Appalachia initiative.  West Virginia Rural Health Association is committed to uniting people, organizations, and communities to improve rural health in WV. Participating in this unique experience will help us grow and improve. As our organization continues to seek opportunities to serve rural West Virginians, we are grateful for the opportunity to learn alongside non-profit leaders throughout the Appalachian Region.”


About READY Appalachia

READY Appalachia is an Appalachian Regional Commission community-capacity building initiative offering free training and flexible funding for nonprofit organizations, community foundations, local governments, and Local Development Districts (LDDs) in the Appalachian Region. Participants access cohort-based learning, skill-development, and grant opportunities to increase their capacity to solve pressing issues and effect long-lasting economic change in their communities.


About the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Appalachian Regional Commission ( is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 423 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.