Human Services

Working in partnership with donors and other funders to address critical needs facing our region's marginalized populations

Hola Carolina was awarded $20,000 fill the gap in news information for Spanish-dominant speakers, combat misinformation and improve communication within Latinx communities throughout WNC. Hola's Spanish language website transformed during the pandemic into a news media portal with a focus on the coronavirus providing essential updates in Spanish. In the first 72 hours, web traffic spiked 460%. Social media followers grow at 17% daily with posts reaching over 80,000 people daily. Their focus now is on getting news out faster and allowing nonprofit journalism to elevate the voices of historically marginalized communities. Photo courtesy of Hola Carolina.

CFWNC fundholders and donors contributed $647,093, or 50% of the 21-22 Human Services grants and include: Biltmore Estate Charitable Fund, Charles F. Hamrick and Marguerite D. Hamrick Charitable Fund, Connestee Falls Endowment Fund, Consuelo's Fund, Craig Family Foundation Fund, Delphinium Fund, Dianne and David Worley Charitable Fund, Dogwood Charitable Endowment Fund, Dr. Robert J. and Kimberly S. Reynolds Fund, The Ecology Wildlife Foundation Fund, Fidel Duke Fund, Henri Landwirth Family Endowed Fund, John and Janet Garrett Charitable Fund, Minigowin Fund, Moran Family Fund, Oliver Family Fund, Perez Family Fund, Peterson Endowment Fund, Reichman Family Charitable Fund, Rick and Bridget Eckerd Charitable Fund, Riverbend Fund, Samuel and William Elmore Fund for Mental Wellness, Terrence Lee One Love Fund, Travis and Jenny Boyer Fund, Walnut Fund, Wasson - Stowe Charitable Fund, Yeager-Cole Fund and five anonymous funds

Several private foundations partner with CFWNC to support projects in Western North Carolina. The Glass Foundation, Klunk Family Foundation, Lipscomb Family Foundation and Sutherland Foundation provided generous support to these grants.


From CFWNC's founding, a core value has been to support human service nonprofits with the goal of ensuring that everyone has access to resources and services to meet their basic needs.

Unlike the other three focus areas, Human Services offers a competitive program with grants up to $20,000 for programs or projects that promise significant help for economically-disadvantaged people in the region. Grants are funded by the Janirve Legacy Fund, co-investment from CFWNC fundholders, discretionary funds, and private foundations that partner with us. In November 2021, CFWNC awarded $1,298,830 through 68 grants to nonprofits throughout the region.

Grants are intended to:

  • Address a timely community need or opportunity not being addressed by other agencies;
  • Continue, replicate or expand a proven program or project;
  • Increase cooperation and coordination among program providers;
  • Build the internal capacity of an organization to be more self-sufficient or efficient;
  • Purchase equipment that provides an immediate and substantial benefit.

Capacity Grants

Capacity grants help a nonprofit effectively achieve their mission through projects designed to improve communications, volunteer recruitment, development, outcomes, collaboration, and technology. Application is by invitation only.

Capacity Grant History

To learn more about our Human Services focus area, contact Senior Program Officer Virginia Dollar at 828-367-9907.