Living Here Giving Here

The energy, activism, and creativity of young people gives us hope for future generations.

Photo by Michael Oppenheim

Bob and Kim Reynolds live on a farm in Candler where they spend time managing their herd of rescue equines, raising cattle, and enjoying their five children and three grandchildren.

Both supported their communities through careers in medicine. Bob was raised in the Smoky Mountains and moved to WNC in 1984. He practiced Internal Medicine in Asheville until 1997, when he launched a successful hospitalist staffing/management company and developed several other medical businesses. Kim is a WNC native, who worked as a cardiovascular nurse at Mission Hospital for many years.

The Reynoldses continue that same devotion to community with their giving through CFWNC. Through their donor advised fund, they have been active, generous givers and co-investors over the last ten years.

“We are passionate about issues related to children, education, social services and the provision of basic needs. We also care deeply about land management, usage and preservation; environmental and wildlife protection; and the humane treatment of animals. WNC has so many local organizations that do so much with so little. It is rewarding to see the direct impact of giving locally.”

In addition to supporting nonprofits through their fund, the Reynoldses co-invest with CFWNC on focus areas, Learning Links, and Emergency and Disaster Response Fund grants. “CFWNC seeks out and identifies specific needs in the region. Spencer Butler understands our charitable interests and presents opportunities that coincide with those, making the process super easy. After the recent catastrophic flooding, we were heartened and grateful to CFWNC as they mobilized to assist the areas most affected. We trust CFWNC to get the funds where they can do the most good.”

The Reynoldses were introduced to CFWNC by their advisor, Rick Manske, who knew of their interest in local charitable giving. “We are in awe of the work that CFWNC does to better the lives of people in the region. We don’t feel like clients of CFWNC, but like partners working for the betterment of our community. Our only hope is that more people will join with CFWNC to continue this effort for many, many years to come.”