Highlands Community Fund Reaches $1.5 Million Goal

Highlands Community Fund Advisory Board Members

The Highlands Community Fund's Advisory Board has been working to meet a $1.5 million fundraising goal since 2014. With generous community support, an incredibly successful summer Rise & Shine party and strong market returns, the Fund is pleased to announce that it has met the goal and additional grants will be awarded to nonprofits in the Highlands community in the coming years.

The Highland's Community Fund, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is a permanently endowed fund designed to meet local needs. Tax-deductible gifts are added to the principal, which is preserved and invested. The returns are used to make grants to support nonprofits in Highlands. Since 1996, the Highlands Community Fund, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 125 grants to 30 organizations totaling more than $809,000.

"We are very grateful to those generous people who have helped us meet this goal," said Advisory Board Chair Jim Landon. "Having a permanent source of charitable capital for Highlands and the surrounding region means that grants can be awarded to projects of highest need now and can continue to meet needs as they change over time."

The local volunteer Advisory Board works to raise awareness of the Highlands Community Fund and to build assets for the future. These board members are: Kathy Bowman, Caroline Cook, Gayle Cummings, Amanda Gregory, Ann Klamon, Jim Landon (Chair), Jeff Nixon, Diane Riddle (Secretary), Jim Stokes (Treasurer), Cindy Trevathan, John Viani and Jeff Weller.