Becoming a Donor

What matters to you? Do you want to support the arts, help the homeless, protect our environment or build affordable housing?

Fundholders and co-investors Millie and Miles Elmore are passionate about supporting nonprofits addressing mental health issues. Millie Elmore grew up in Asheville and returned in 1976 with Miles. You can read more about their philanthropy. Photo by Michael Oppenheim.

We offer customized philanthropy.

Whether you want to simplify your giving, focus on certain causes, provide scholarships or plan your legacy, we are here to help. We offer convenient, tax-efficient options for giving and work with you and your professional advisors to tailor strategies to your situation.

More than 1,220 funds make up The Community Foundation. Each has a unique purpose reflecting the wishes of the donor. A new fund can be established with a simple agreement, usually in one meeting. There is no fee to open a fund. Ongoing administrative fees vary slightly based on the type of fund and its assets.

The funds are as varied as the people who created them; what is universal is the focus on giving back and helping others.

Funds and Planned Giving Options

“This experience highlights how interconnected and interdependent we are. My father was an infectious disease doctor. I grew up hearing about the possibility of a pandemic like COVID-19 and the devastating effect it would have, especially on vulnerable members of society. When I saw that CFWNC was activating an emergency relief fund, I felt called to contribute to these efforts to provide immediate support and aid to affected members of the community I love.” - Fundholder Matt Lee, First Individual Contributor to EDRF, Photo by Michael Oppenheim

We work with people who want to give back.

We are home to a growing collection of charitable funds created by generous individuals, families, business and organizations to support the region and the causes they care about.

We are a local organization that supports Western North Carolina communities, of all sizes, in all aspects of our work. Our service area across 18 counties, including the Qually Boundary, is diverse is many ways. We take a holistic approach toward diversity, in all its forms and complexities, as it exists across the region.

Our public charity status provides maximum tax advantages under state and federal law. We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving.

If you are not sure what type of fund is best for you, CFWNC staff can help. Contact us to discuss your options and charitable goals.


“Our family's charitable legacy with CFWNC is important because it grounds our giving in an awareness of local needs.”

— Miah McClinton

Ways to Give

  • If you want to make a tax-deductible gift to an existing fund, donate online.
  • You can give through online fund access. If you already have a donor advised fund but do not have online access, contact Spencer Butler.
  • You may also send a check to CFWNC, 4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300, Asheville, NC 28803. Please note the name of the fund your gift should benefit.
  • If you would like to contribute stock or make a wire transfer, Naomi Davis can help.

Ready to join our community of givers? Connect with us today.