Mined Minds Foundation

Changing The Economic Driving Force In Rural Appalachia From Coal To Code


Mined Minds Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, with the mission of growing tech hubs in areas of economic need within rural Appalachia. We do this by working with training providers to grow a talented and diverse workforce, as well as working to create and bring new career opportunities to the region.

Mined Minds Foundation believes anyone can have a successful career in the technology industry, and that socioeconomic factors should not be a barrier to entry. We also understand that talent in the software development sector is hard to come by, overpriced, and that the workforce is severely lacking in diversity. By creating new pools of software developers in low-cost areas, the tech industry benefits through availability of an increased onshore workforce, and local communities increase the diversification of their economies.

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"I could barely get to a website, let alone build one"
- Marvin Laucher, Coal Miner turned Software Developer (CNN, April 16, 2016)
"…companies thinking of outsourcing work to India or Ukraine will see the benefit of using [Mined Minds] coders in Pennsylvania and West Virginia"
- Ed Crooks, FT Editor (Financial Times, Mar 29, 2017)
"The area isn’t just about energy; it isn’t just about coal. Other things can happen here"
- Jonathan Graham, Mined Minds Co-Founder (PBS NewsHour, July 24, 2016)


  • Sponsor participant scholarships
  • Hire new programmers
  • Host an apprentice
  • Mentor new technologists


If you would like to support our mission, you can donate by credit or debit card by clicking below. If you would prefer to donate in a different way please contact us for details.

All contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our Employer Identification Number is 81-2628941.