You can make a difference in Rutherford 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.

Photo by Michael Oppenheim.

Meet Dick Wilkins

Dick Wilkins' family worked with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for more than twenty years. When his wife passed away in 2013, Martha, he and his children - Tim, Chris and Robin - wanted to honor her memory. With CFWNC’s help, they created the Martha Baker Wilkins Family Memorial Fund, an endowment that will forever support the church Martha loved so much – St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton. CFWNC is honored to steward this generous gift.

Pisgah Legal Services received $8,000 to provide free civil legal assistance and advocacy to low-income survivors of domestic violence and child abuse. Photo courtesy of Pisgah Legal Services.

How to Donate

Donate online or send a check made out to "CFWNC" with "Rutherford County 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
: Rutherford County 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 Rutherford County Endowment include:

  • Lynne and Mike* Tanner
  • Dick and Martha* Wilkins

* deceased

Since 1996, the Rutherford County Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 262 grants totaling $1,841,523.

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

  • Mrs. Jane Alexander Bell
  • Mr. John Condrey
  • Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Dalton
  • Mrs. Martha DeBrule
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bill Deviney
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Y. Eaker
  • Dr. and Mrs. Bobby F. England
  • Kathryn George
  • Mr. and Ms. Henry Giles
  • Mr. and Mrs. Lee Harrill
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dan Hegeman
  • Mr. and Mrs. Edwin B. Holland
  • Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hoy
  • Mrs. Katy Hunt
  • Dr. Frank E. Jones
  • Dr. and Mrs. H. B. Kernodle
  • Mrs. Shirley Koone
  • Mrs. Dianne D. Lambert
  • Dr. and Mrs. Scott Lawrence
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Martin
  • Dr. and Mrs. John Miller
  • Dr. Robert G. Stallings
  • Mr. Kenneth S. Tanner III
  • Mrs. Lynne S. Tanner
  • Mrs. Judy Toney
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Wood
  • Anonymous

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