§11-13J-2. Legislative finding and purpose.
It is the finding of the Legislature that community-based
organizations can be a powerful force in community development.
However, in West Virginia their effectiveness has historically been
weakened by meager resources. Private corporations and individuals
in West Virginia possess the resources to aid community-based
organizations in their efforts to assist neighborhoods and
communities. Due to the lack of clear incentives, the private and
not-for-profit sectors have often not taken advantage of
opportunities to collaborate with community-based organizations to
the full extent possible by investment and participation in local
Therefore, the neighborhood investment program act is hereby
enacted with the intent that it provide incentives for
contributions to qualifying charitable projects. It is the intent
of the Legislature that this act encourage private sector
businesses and individuals to contribute capital to community-based
organizations which establish projects to assist neighborhoods and
local communities through such services as health care, counseling,
emergency assistance, crime prevention, education, housing, job
training and physical and environmental improvements.