The Fund for Mitchell County Announces $600,000 Donation

An anonymous donor has made a generous $600,000 contribution to The Fund for Mitchell County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC). With years of generous community support and this extraordinary contribution, the Fund's assets now total $1 million.

The Fund for Mitchell County was established in 1999 by local residents as a permanent charitable endowment to meet local needs. Gifts are added to the Fund's principal to be preserved and invested. From the Fund, grants support nonprofits in Mitchell County. Since 1999, The Fund for Mitchell County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 78 grants to 38 organizations totaling more than $695,000.

"We are very grateful for every generous person who helped us reach this goal," said Advisory Board Chair Dan Barron, "and especially for an anonymous donor who wants no credit for themselves, but whose contribution will mean so much to Mitchell County. Building this permanent resource for Mitchell County means we can fund important projects now and continue to meet changing needs over time."

The Fund for Mitchell County's most recent grants were awarded to:

  • Mitchell County Animal Rescue for general support.
  • Mitchell County Shepherd's Staff for its food pantry.
  • Mitchell County Group Home to purchase a TV for its residents.

To make a tax-deductible contribution to The Fund for Mitchell County, donate online or by mail to The Fund for Mitchell County, P.O. Box 1101, Spruce Pine, NC 28777-1101, memo line: The Fund for Mitchell County. Contributions of any size are welcome.

The local volunteer Advisory Board includes: Dan Barron (Chair), Christopher Day (Vice Chair), Cindy Lindsey (Secretary), Beverly Ayscue, Janie DeVos, Lee Ellis, Sammie Ellis, Rhonda L. Gunter, Nick Joerling, Delphia Lamberson, Susan Larson, Sue Ledford, Starli McDowell, Denna Shelton, Brenda Sparks and Teaky Tollison.

For more information about The Fund for Mitchell County, contact Advisory Board Chair Dan Barron at or 828-284-1914.