Highlands Community Fund

The Highlands Community Fund supports local needs today, tomorrow and into the future.

Gordon Center for Children was awarded $8,500 to continue a free afterschool program for elementary school students in the Highlands community.. Photo courtesy of Gordon Center.

Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine is an impactful event to benefit the Highlands Community Fund, an affiliate fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Last year’s Rise and Shine event raised over $100,000, thanks to the generosity of members of this community just like you. All money raised since the event began in 2015 has been invested in an endowment fund that has grown to over $2.5 million. Last fall, the Highlands Community Fund was able to award 15 grants totaling $88,770 to area nonprofits. We hope you will consider being an integral part of our efforts by becoming a sponsor or purchasing a ticket.

Please join us this year for Rise and Shine at the beautiful Highlands Country Club, which has graciously offered to host us and serve a delicious brunch.

We are fortunate to have Highlands’ own Lee Lyons, an Appalachian storyteller, and her friend, Donna Marie Todd, to share stories and keep us entertained. Over eighteen years ago, Lee took her first storytelling class at John C. Campbell Folk School. She has since performed for local groups and in storytelling performances all over the mountains. Last year she presented at Tellebration, an annual event at the Folk Art Center in Asheville.

Date and Time: Saturday, June 29, 2024 from 10:00am to 12:30pm

Location: Highlands Country Club, 981 Dillard Rd, Highlands, NC 28741


Ticket and Sponsorship Information

Please purchase your tickets in advance and consider sponsoring our charitable event.

Archangels $10,000 (includes 10 seats)

Angels $5,000 (includes 6 seats)

Stewards $2,500 (includes 4 seats)

Patrons $1,200 (includes 2 seats)

Individual seats are $125 each

Please note with your donation how many will be attending the event and their names. For questions about the event or to RSVP by phone, please call Florence Holmes at (404) 291-0933.

Purchase Tickets and Sponsorship to Rise and Shine 2024

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Note: The IRS requires that no goods or services can be received from donations from donor advised funds or charitable foundations. If your donation is from a donor advised fund or foundation, tickets to the event must be purchased separately.

Creating a Lasting Resource

The Highlands Community Fund seeks to inspire philanthropy and strengthen charitable organizations serving the Highlands community. This endowment fund was established in 1996 by caring individuals who recognized the importance of a permanent charitable resources to support changing needs and opportunities.

Contributions made to the Highlands Community Fund are pooled and invested by The Community Foundation. Proceeds from the investments are used to make grants while the original gifts remain intact, continuing to grow for the benefit of future generations. You can make a difference in Highlands by making a tax-deductible gift of cash, securities or other assets.

Pool your gift with those of your neighbors to do the most good.
Generosity multiplied.

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How to Get Involved

  • Join our mailing list to stay informed about our work.
  • Nonprofit organizations and public institutions may apply to the Highlands Community Fund for support. Review the guidelines and application information for Highlands Community Fund Grants for more details. The deadline to apply is the 2nd Friday in August.
  • Join people like you who love the Highlands region and want the best for our communities.

Contact Melissa Edgington for more information about the Foundation’s Affiliate Program.