Human Services (formerly People in Need)

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

Food Connection was awarded $20,000 to reduce food waste and to provide chef-prepared meals to low-income people in Buncombe, Madison and McDowell counties. Photo courtesy of Food Connection.

CFWNC fundholders and donors contributed $721,441, or 54% of the 20-21 Human Services grants and include: Dr. Ben Bailey Fund to Feed Hungry Children, Consuelo's Fund, Brown Family Fund, Travis and Jenny Boyer Fund, Connestee Falls Endowment Fund, Craig Family Foundation Fund, Delphinium Fund, Dogwood Charitable Endowment Fund, Rick and Bridget Eckerd Charitable Fund, Samuel and William Elmore Fund for Mental Wellness, Fidel Duke Fund, John and Janet Garrett Charitable Fund, Yeager-Cole Fund, Charles F. Hamrick and Marguerite D. Hamrick Charitable Fund, Henri Landwirth Family Endowed Fund, Matthew Terrence Lee One Love Fund, Carol Waggle Oliver Fund, Peterson Endowment Fund, Walnut Fund, Reichman Family Charitable Fund, Dr. Robert J. and Kimberly S. Reynolds Fund, Wasson - Stowe Charitable Fund, and seven anonymous funds.

Several private foundations partner with CFWNC to support projects in Western North Carolina. The Glass Foundation, Klunk Family Foundation, Lipscomb Family Foundation, Sutherland Foundation and The Leon Levine 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 (formerly People in Need) offers a competitive program with grants up to $20,000 for outstanding 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 2020, CFWNC awarded $1,337,503 through seventy-four grants to nonprofits throughout the region.

Grants are intended to:

  • Address a timely community need or opportunity not being addressed by other agencies;
  • 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.