Becoming a Donor

You have goals for your charitable giving. We are here to help you achieve them.

Jim Kimmel and Suzanne Guest volunteer at the International Friendship Center (IFC) in Highlands. Jim also serves on the board. IFC runs the food pantry in Highlands and works to provide basic human needs for individuals and families in Highlands, Franklin and Cashiers. After opening a designated fund for IFC, they decided to centralize their giving by opening a donor advised fund to make the process of supporting causes that matter to them easier. Read their story. Photo courtesy of the Jim Kimmel and Suzanne Guest.

Your partner for philanthropy.

You are invited to a personalized and confidential conversation to discuss your charitable priorities. Whether you want to simplify your giving, focus on certain causes, provide scholarships or plan your legacy, we are here to help.

With more than forty years of experience, we offer convenient, tax-efficient options to complement your planning. When appropriate, we work with you and your professional advisors to tailor strategies to your situation. Each fund reflects the wishes of the donor(s) and maximizes its charitable purpose. A new fund can be established with a simple agreement and without a fee. Ongoing administrative fees vary based on the type of fund and its assets.

More than 1,240 funds make up The Community Foundation. Each has a unique purpose reflecting the wishes of the donor. The funds are as varied as the people who created them; what is universal is the focus on giving back and helping others. We invite you to learn more about our fundholders through their stories.

Funds and Planned Giving Options

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

— Miah McClinton

How to Give

  • Establish your own fund.
  • If you want to make a tax-deductible gift to an existing fund, donate online.
  • You can grant 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? Contact Laura Herndon, Vice President, Development, to learn more.