Transylvania Endowment Awards Grants Totaling $36,190

(April 2021) – The Transylvania Endowment awarded ten grants totaling $36,190 to nonprofits serving Transylvania County in its recent grant cycle. The Transylvania Endowment, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded grants totaling more than $1,121,075.

“These awards are possible because people who care about this community built a fund over time,” said Advisory Board Chair John D. Goins. “Nonprofits have faced so many challenges over the past year. We are pleased to award these grants to help important community organizations address the needs of those continuing to suffer from the pandemic and to aid in our community’s recovery.”

The 2021 grants are:

$2,789 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina to recruit, screen, train and place 30 new mentoring volunteers (Bigs), who will be paired with 30 children ages 6-16 (Littles) who attend Rosman schools.

$3,925 to Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County to support year-round programming for teens in 7th - 12th grades who are suffering from anxiety and depression due to the pandemic.

$3,925 to Children's Center of Transylvania County toward a mentoring position to assist individuals and families in accessing support services, including one-on-one home visits, transportation to medical appointments, parenting information, housing assistance and personal advocacy.

$3,963 to The Haven of Transylvania County to provide an upgrade to security cameras and training for its staff.

$3,925 to Isaac Homes Youth Shelter to support its work with homeless or displaced youth by providing basic needs such as hygiene products, food, clothing and temporary shelter.

$3,925 to Meals on Wheels of Brevard to pay for food for homebound seniors.

$2,748 to Meridian Behavioral Health Services to provide items that assist clients in achieving their mental health goals and support personal and professional success.

$3,925 to Pisgah Legal Services to provide legal assistance to low-income people in Transylvania County facing crises.

$3,140 to Smart Start of Transylvania County to provide families with technology for pre-school children who are not enrolled in a pre-school setting.

$3,925 to Transylvania Habitat for Humanity for materials needed to build a home for a low-income family.

In 1998, local people established the Endowment as a permanent charitable fund to meet local needs. Gifts added to the Endowment’s principal are preserved and invested, while grants from the Endowment support nonprofits in Transylvania County. To make a tax-deductible contribution, donate online or by mail to Transylvania Endowment, P.O. Box 2334, Brevard, NC 28712-2334. Make checks payable to CFWNC noting “Transylvania Endowment” in the memo line. Contributions of any size are welcome.

In addition to the Endowment, the following CFWNC funds support grantmaking in Transylvania County: Richard G. Adamson Memorial Fund, Bobby Orr Memorial Fund for Transylvania County Sheriff's Department, Karen Wilde Memorial Fund for Brevard Police Department, Lake Toxaway Charities Endowment Fund, My Brother's Keeper Fund, Burlingame Charitable Fund, Transylvania Directors' Fund and Holbrook-Nichols Transylvania Housing Assistance Fund.

The local volunteer advisory board includes: Don Bieger, John D. Goins (Chair), Char Holbrook, Beth Holimon, Patti Jerome, Beth Lastinger, Scott Latell, Michael Pratt, Layne Racht, Nancee Salyer, Robin Saul, Mark Shevory, John Shoemaker and Judy Welch.