The McDowell Endowment

The McDowell Endowment seeks to inspire philanthropy and strengthen charitable organizations serving McDowell County.

Early in the pandemic, Foothills Food Hub and its umbrella organization, the McDowell Local Food Advisory Council (LFAC), recognized that farmers were being negatively impacted. The Hub piloted a 6-week CSA project and purchased fresh foods to distribute to community members and deliver to homebound individuals in need of food assistance. Today, Foothills Food Hub distributes 35,000 pounds of food, from local farmers, MANNA FoodBank and the USDA Farmers to Families program, to a thousand McDowell households each week. The distribution center filled a void left when Clinchfield United Methodist closed its pantry due to COVID-19 concerns for its volunteers, most of whom are older adults at higher risk for severe illness. Photo courtesy of CFWNC.

Creating a Lasting Resource

The McDowell Endowment seeks to inspire philanthropy and strengthen charitable organizations serving McDowell County. This endowment fund was established in 1995 by caring individuals who recognized the importance of a permanent charitable capital resource to support the ever-changing needs and opportunities in McDowell County.

Contributions made to The McDowell Endowment 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.

Learn more about The McDowell Endowment and download our printable brochure.

How to Apply

Nonprofit organizations and public institutions may apply to the The McDowell Endowment for support. Review the guidelines and application information for The McDowell Endowment for more details. The deadline to apply is February 1.

How to Contribute

You can make a difference in McDowell County by making a tax-deductible gift of cash, securities, life insurance or real estate. By pooling your gift with those of your neighbors, you can provide significant support for local needs.

Join people like you who love McDowell County and want the best for our communities.