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Mountaineers face challenges together

A letter to donors from WVU Foundation President and CEO Cindi Roth.

To our generous donors,

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically transformed our world in a shockingly short period of time. We recognize that no one in our West Virginia University family is untouched, and we share your concern for all of Mountaineer Nation. For a lucky few, it’s simply a matter of social distancing and implementing better sanitation practices to ensure our loved ones’ health and safety. For others, it means finding a balance as we simultaneously juggle work and family responsibilities from home. For far too many, the significant financial impact has altered our lifestyles or affected our ability to make ends meet. And, for the most unfortunate among us, it has brought serious health challenges and/or unexpected loss to our families.

We understand the unique challenges you may be facing, and we’re here to support you in any way we can. Like WVU and many of you, the WVU Foundation is adjusting to a virtual work environment. All employees are working remotely from home to protect their safety and well-being. Yet, we remain fully operational, committed and prepared to continue our mission to WVU. Thanks to thoughtful foresight and collaborative planning by our staff, we have a solid business continuity plan to carry us through uncertain times like this.

As we all adapt to these changing times, we’re here to help WVU meet urgent needs and identify emerging opportunities. In doing so, we want to connect with you. Our development officers are reaching out to our generous supporters to see how you’re doing and what we can do to help. Some of you have already contacted us to ask what resources WVU is providing – to students, employees, the state and beyond – and how you can get involved. Thank you for reaching out to us. In response, we have created an online giving page to make it easy to give to areas of special, urgent need, and we are eager to answer your questions as we continue to build positive relationships in support of WVU.

I’m proud to hear that so many of you have asked how to help the next generation. We know that Mountaineers come together during challenging times, and these unchartered waters are perhaps the most turbulent. While this public health crisis is unprecedented, our previous experience has taught us that Mountaineers can conquer great obstacles and rebound even stronger. Please don’t hesitate to contact our staff with any questions you may have as we all work to move forward as One WVU family.

Warm regards,

Cindi Roth 

Cindi Roth
President and CEO

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