You can make a difference in the 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.

Meet Becky Cross

In 1995, The McDowell Endowment was established with a $10,000 gift from a family with deep ties to McDowell County. It was created to offer a safe, purposeful, long-term way for people to give back. The endowment has grown to $1.1 million. Becky was the driving force in establishing the McDowell Endowment and the initial chairperson and has been an active member of the board since the Endowment was established.

East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church/East Marion IPHC en Español was awarded $5,000 to purchase a van to provide transportation for bilingual students to attend classes. Photo courtesy of East Marion Pentecostal Holiness Church/East Marion IPHC en Español.

How to Donate

Donate online or send a check made out to "CFWNC" with "McDowell Endowment" in the memo line to the address below. (Please note that checks not made out to CFWNC may be returned.)

Mail checks to:

4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803
Memo: McDowell Endowment

Legacy Funders

Legacy Funders honors individuals who have arranged for a future gift to our affiliate in the form of a bequest, charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity, retirement assets, life insurance, life estate or other deferred contribution. Legacy Funders of The McDowell Endowment who have formally informed us in writing that they wish to be listed publicly include:

  • John M. and Becky Cross
  • R. Marshall Dark Jr. and Barbara W. Dark
  • Mrs. Albert C. Hogan and Vickie
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. McCall
  • Sharon L. Parker
  • Joy Q. Shuford

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 207 grants totaling $1,348,016.

Thanks to Our Donors (7/1/2022 - 06/30/2023)

  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Arnett
  • Ms. Marion H. Baker
  • Mr. Rod Birdsong
  • Mr. Jim Burgin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jim Burgin
  • Ms. Vicki Burton
  • Dr. and Ms. Mark Burton
  • Clashmore Logistics, Inc.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cross IV
  • Mr. and Mrs. O. Roane Cross Jr.
  • Mr. Simeon R. Cross
  • Mrs. Rebecca B. Cross
  • Ms. E. Sealy Cross
  • Mr. R. Marshall Dark III
  • Ms. G. Juanita Doggett
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Hill Evans
  • Ms. Dee Cash and Mr. C. Frank Goldsmith Jr.
  • The Hon. and Mrs. Robert C. Hunter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Steve Jones
  • Lisa and Robert A. Kelley
  • Mr. Ryan K. Kelley
  • Alan and Crystal Ledbetter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Tom McCoy
  • Mrs. Patt B. Medders
  • Mountain Area Community Services, Inc.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Noyes, lll
  • Ms. Sharon Lee Parker
  • Mr. Laurance D. Pless
  • Ms. Mary Frances Queen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Mike Rabb
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ramsey
  • Anne Rolfe
  • Mr. Alfred M. Shiver
  • Mrs. Joy Q. Shuford
  • Ms. Sharon P. Smith
  • Ms. Nancy Spencer
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Sprinkle
  • Ms. Gwen Straub
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joe Tisdale
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Wakefield
  • Anonymous

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