People Have Big Hearts

McClintons Work with CFWNC to Build Charitable Legacy

Photo by Lynne Harty.

The McClinton Family has been in Asheville since 1978, the same year as CFWNC’s founding. “When we first came, I was reinstating in the Junior League and sat next to a friend who mentioned The Foundation, and it had just begun,” said Sue.

Sue joined the board in 1992, and the family opened their first donor advised fund in 1995 to accomplish their charitable goals, create a legacy and eventually involve their son Danny and granddaughter Miah.

“It’s been a neat experience for Miah and me to be a part of our family’s charitable legacy,” said Danny. “It reflects my life, and it has always been my goal to be able to give back and make a difference.”

Over the years, the family has worked with CFWNC in many ways. Sue is a founding member of the Women for Women giving circle. They’ve chosen to carry on the legacies of loved ones through memorial funds that make awards to local nonprofits. They worked with the Foundation in planning their estates.

”In our wills, we’ve left money to nonprofits we care about. The funds will continue to be managed by The Community Foundation, and will be in good hands,” said Sue. “Of course, there is going to be growth and change, but we know the Foundation is stable.”

“The Foundation is a respected organization in this part of the world, and it’s because of the people who are involved on the staff and board,” added Ray. “We appreciate their work with our family but also their efforts in the community.”

“The concept of giving back has been handed down to me,” continued Danny. “People have big hearts. To be able to support the causes that you care about and know that the funds are invested and managed by an entity that you trust, I believe that is really important.”

“I am grateful to be part of a family that values community building and philanthropy. My grandparents inspire me to give back. Our family's charitable legacy with CFWNC is important because it grounds our giving in an awareness of local needs.”

— Miah McClinton