Invest in WNC

CFWNC created endowments to address regional needs as they change over time across Western North Carolina. Anyone can make a gift to these funds in any amount, knowing that every gift helps our region forever.

The Fund for the Environment allows CFWNC to support programs like the Nantahala-Pisgah Forest Partnership that facilitated public input to inform the collaborative plan that will guide forest management for the next 15 to 20 years. Members of the Leadership Team, photographed at the NC Arboretum in Pisgah National Forest, from left: Julie White, Southern Off Road Bike Association; Kevin Colburn, American Whitewater; Melissa Patton, Carolina Land and Lakes; Jill Gottesman, The Wilderness Society; Deirdre Perot, Back Country Horsemen of NC; and Josh Kelly, MountainTrue. Photo by Lynne Harty.

Building Permanent Resources

Each year grants are made from these funds that align with their stated purposes and support programs and organizations working to improve lives and communities across our region.

Fund for Western North Carolina addresses broad needs in 18 counties of Western North Carolina. Grants have included support for organizations and programs addressing access to the arts, supporting a sustainable food system and capacity building for WNC’s nonprofit sector.

Fund for People in Need supports programs meeting basic needs and providing a path to economic self sufficiency. Grants have included support for multiple student success efforts, access to healthy foods and financial literacy programs.

Fund for Animal Welfare focuses on rescue and adoption programs, spay/neuter services, care for injured or orphaned wildlife and prevention of cruelty to animals. Grants have supported expanded space for rescue efforts, veterinarian pay and funding for food.

Fund for the Arts makes grants for the visual and performing arts and programs that expand or improve cultural offerings in the region. Grants have included the purchase of equipment, support for public school programming and the creation of a WNC craft trail.

Fund for the Environment supports preservation and protection for natural resources and scenic spaces. Grants have included funds for the protection of the Blue Ridge Parkway, improving river water quality and the Pisgah-Nantahala forest planning process.

Fund for Education improves educational opportunities in public schools. Grants have included funds for hands-on arts projects, computers to support STEM programs and the expansion of Smart Start programming.

Fund for Health improves access to quality health care. Grants have included support for bilingual health care navigators, domestic violence victims’ medical and dental care and increased access to behavioral and substance abuse programs.

Fund for Strong Communities improves our region’s civic and economic vitality. Grants have included funds for job training and support, affordable housing and financial counseling.

The Women’s Fund addresses the unmet needs of women and girls. Grants are awarded through the Women for Women grant program.

Fund for Scholarships supports scholarships for deserving students across Western North Carolina. Read scholarship stories here.

You can make an online donation or by check in any amount to these funds. We welcome gifts in honor or memory of a loved one and contributions are tax-deductible. Grants from these funds are awarded through competitive processes.

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