Navigating the COVID-19 Pandemic

As Western North Carolina joins the rest of the world in addressing the coronavirus pandemic, here are actions that CFWNC is taking.

Fulfilling our Mission

We exist to serve our community, especially in times of critical need. We will continue to monitor needs related to the pandemic as they develop in Western North Carolina. In partnership with Dogwood Health Trust we activated The CFWNC Emergency and Disaster Response Fund to for rapid, flexible and strategic disbursement to human services organizations across the region including the Qualla Boundary.

Emergency and Disaster Response Fund

The purpose of the Emergency and Disaster Response Fund (EDRF) is to provide funding for human service organizations in addressing basic needs that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. The intent of the fund is to respond to immediate/urgent needs not covered by other sources.


AMY Wellness Foundation
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
Biltmore Lake Charitable Fund
Dogwood Health Trust
Nantahala Health Foundation
Pisgah Health Foundation
Ramble Charitable Fund
Wells Fargo
WNC Bridge Foundation

Many donors and CFWNC fundholders have made contributions to support this effort. Members of the community who wish to support aid to those affected by COVID-19 may donate to the Emergency and Disaster Response Fund. Administrative fees are waived so that every dollar will go directly to assistance.

Nonprofits can review application Instructions for eligibility.

CFWNC Offices and Staff

CFWNC offices are closed and staff members are working remotely. Please see the CFWNC calendar for cancelled events and meetings; some events have been addressed via email. Necessary meetings will take place through phone or video conference.

During this time, we will ensure that we can prioritize responsive grantmaking and serve our donors, partners and communities.

Working remotely means:

  • You can reach CFWNC staff via their office phones and emails.
  • We will continue to process contributions to funds and grant requests. Please note that processing gifts and grants may take more time.
  • CFWNC website and social media will provide updates.

If you have any questions about our business operations during this time, please contact Julie Klipp Nicholson, Chief Operating Officer, 828-785-4740.

Charitable Assets

Turbulent markets are unsettling. CFWNC is fortunate to have an active and experienced investment committee, a top-ranked investment consultant and a seasoned CFO, Graham Keever, overseeing assets. As a 40-year-old organization, CFWNC is no stranger to market volatility. Responsible investment strategies are in place, and CFWNC will continue to monitor investments closely.