Fred Rader has officially stepped into the role as the new Executive Director for the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. Rader joined the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF) staff on May 2, 2022 as the Associate Director. Prior to joining the PACF, Rader served as Community Development Director for the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council for 39 years. Rader’s background in regional community development is well-aligned to serve PACF’s goals and mission.
Rader also previously served on the PACF's Board of Directors for seventeen years, with two of those years as its Board Chair. He was instrumental in helping to start up PACF’s Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation affiliate (serving Calhoun, Gilmer, and Wirt counties) and is a strong supporter of the PACF efforts.
A Wirt County native, Fred has a special fondness for the Foundation’s work to cultivate philanthropy in rural communities through its affiliate network (Doddridge County Community Foundation, Little Kanawha Area Community Foundation, Ritchie County Community Foundation, and its new Lewis County Community Foundation Fund). He is married to Carol (Schmitt) Rader, with two children, and two grandchildren.
Rader shared that his favorite thing about the PACF is, “Helping donors make a positive impact on community needs.”
The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and its Regional Affiliates works with individuals, families, businesses, and civic or nonprofit organizations to create thriving communities whose people are welcoming, engaged, and resilient. The PACF works in partnership with its local affiliates to provide leadership and to build permanent philanthropic resources that strengthen an 11-county service area. Since 1963, the PACF has helped local citizens support charitable needs and touch every aspect of life in the community in a variety of lasting ways.