Transylvania Endowment Awards Grants Totaling $75,000

(March 2023) – The Transylvania Endowment awarded fifteen grants totaling $75,000 to nonprofits serving Transylvania County in its recent grant cycle. The Transylvania Endowment, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded grants totaling $1,244,575.

"Through the support of friends and neighbors, we are able to fund worthwhile projects for nonprofits doing amazing work across Transylvania County," said Advisory Board Chair John D. Goins. "Permanent charitable resources devoted to our community mean that the Transylvania Endowment can be responsive as needs change over time. We are so very grateful to everyone who has given generously to support our community in perpetuity. It really is generosity multiplied."

The 2023 grants are:

$5,000 to Anchor Baptist Church & Ministries for food pantry operating costs.

$5,000 to Blue Ridge Literacy Council to invest in workforce development programs in Transylvania County.

$5,000 to Children's Center of Transylvania County to connect families to emergency resources that decrease child abuse and neglect.

$5,000 to El Centro Comunitario Hispano Americano to assist in funding the program director’s salary to expand its afterschool student success program.

$5,000 to Isaac Homes Youth Shelter to invest in improvements to its Rosman Youth Support Center.

$5,000 to Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina to fund a wish for a child living in Transylvania County.

$5,000 to Muddy Sneakers to support spring programming for students at Brevard Elementary, Brevard Academy and TC Henderson Elementary.

$5,000 to Neighbors in Ministry for its afterschool and summer programs that are free to underserved boys and girls who qualify to become Rise & Shine scholars.

$5,000 to Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute to provide free admission for Transylvania County residents to two upcoming outreach events.

$5,000 to Pisgah Legal Services to provide free legal services to low-income people in Transylvania County.

$5,000 to SAFE Inc. of Transylvania County to fund renovation costs related to combining its two thrift stores into one location.

$5,000 to The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County for its mentoring program that provides individual and consistent emotional, social and academic support to members.

$5,000 to The Family Place of Transylvania County to support and expand its programs and services provided to local families.

$5,000 to The Haven of Transylvania County to offset a portion of the mental health counselor’s salary.

$5,000 to Thrive to assist in finding permanent housing for Transylvania County residents who are experiencing homelessness.

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 c/o CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Asheville NC 28803. 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, Burlingame Charitable Fund, Holbrook-Nichols Transylvania Housing Assistance Fund, Connie Boylan Fund, Duncan-Bicknell Endowment Fund, and My Brother's Keeper Fund.

The local volunteer advisory board includes: Nick Bearden, Don Bieger, John D. Goins (Chair), Char Holbrook, Beth Holimon (Treasurer), Patti Jerome, Beth Lastinger (Vice Chair), Scott Latell, Michael Pratt, Nancee Salyer, Mark Shevory, John Shoemaker, Bruce A. Snyder, and Judy Welch (Secretary).

For more information about the Transylvania Endowment, please contact Advisory Board Chair John D. Goins at