Appalachian Opportunity Fund (northeast Tenn.)

Based in northeast Tennessee, Appalachian Opportunity Fund (AOF) seeks to foster financial health and community wealth in rural Central Appalachia. AOF is pursuing this mission by providing People-Centered Financial Coaching to low-income single mothers and others excluded from the financial mainstream. The Executive Director, a Vanderbilt Law alum, benefitted from Vanderbilt’s advisory resources when AOF was established in March 2019. With a small grant, AOF’s first priority is to build funds to pay for a new Financial Coach. Specifically, they would like to hire a person who is female and African American and have identified a candidate to fill the position. This will enable them to better serve the local African American community which, statistically, has a greater need for AOF services than the Caucasian community.