CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The leader of Philanthropy West Virginia says he’s “humbled” and “completely surprised” after receiving a national award from the Secretary of State’s Office for his work in assisting charities and non-profits across the state.

Secretary Mac Warner presented the NASS-WV Award for Extraordinary Effort to Advance Charitable & Philanthropic Endeavors to Philanthropy West Virginia and its president and CEO Paul Daugherty during a Thursday ceremony in Charleston.

“This is not my award,” Daugherty said. “It’s really because of numerous people: board members, staff, partners and people who have influenced me over the past 20 years of my career.”

Daugherty has served in his current role since 2011. He credited Secretary Warner for helping Philanthropy WV with its work.

“We’ve been able to work with Secretary Warner and his predecessors on numerous efforts including improving accountability of the non-profits. Also, looking at ways to simplify the way that non-profits report in helping advance their work,” Daugherty said.

It’s important to have these charities and non-profit groups in West Virginia, he said.

“For us to have a thriving state, we’ve got to really support the work of our foundations in the community, but also expand it. Our work at Philanthropy West Virginia is to shore up and advance the work of great citizens and businesses that are making a difference,” he said.

The hard work from volunteers really shows the resilience of West Virginians, Daugherty said. He saw that during the aftermath of the June 2016 flood.

“It’s a diversity of folks. It’s people from faith communities, small volunteer bases — it really speaks to the ethic and practice of West Virginians being committed to providing quality of life for our citizens, but also providing a better future for all,” he said.

Secretary Warner released the following statement following Thursday’s ceremony:

“When it comes to advice and support, there is no better organization for charities and non-profits to turn to than Philanthropy West Virginia,” Warner said. “Paul Daugherty has led this organization for several years and has partnered with our office as we register new philanthropic organizations in this state. We appreciate this relationship.”

West Virginia has more than 3,600 active charities and non-profits operating in the state.

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