You can make a difference in Rutherford County by making a tax-deductible gift of cash, securities, life insurance or real estate.  By pooling your gift with those of your neighbors, you can provide significant support for local needs. 

My family has worked with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for almost twenty years. My wife, Martha, passed away in 2013 and my children - Tim, Chris and Robin -  and I wanted to honor her memory. With CFWNC’s help, we created the Martha Baker Wilkins Family Memorial Fund. This endowment will forever support the church Martha loved so much – St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton – and we all trust in the Foundation’s permanent stewardship of our gift. 

Dick Wilkins


Many thanks to these generous donors who supported The Rutherford County Endowment. 

(07/01/16 - 06/30/17)


Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bell

Ms. Dorothy Bohan

Mr. John Condrey

Mr. and Mrs. David Dahle

Mrs. William J. DeBrule

Mr. Harry Drake

Dr. and Mrs. Gary Edelman

Mr. and Mrs. Forest Edwards Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hoy

Mrs. Katy Hunt

Dr. and Mrs. H. B. Kernodle

Mrs. Dianne Lambert

Dr. and Mrs. Donald T. Lesher

Mr. Jack L. Lutz

Mr. and Mrs. Johnny D. McDonald

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore

Mrs. Janice R. Paris

Mrs. Nancy Stroud

Mr. Kenneth S. Tanner, III

Mr. and Mrs. James T. Tanner Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Tanner

Bobbie J. Tedford

Dr. and Mrs. John Tolhurst

Mr. and Mrs. David Toney

Ms. Diane W. Warner

Mr. Dick Wilkins

Mrs. Merrill Wood

Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Yelton

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Yelton

The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society honors individuals who have arranged for a future gift to our affiliate in the form of a bequest, charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity, retirement assets, life insurance, life estate or other deferred contribution. Legacy Society members of the Rutherford County Endowment include:

  • James and Ellyn Tanner*
  • Lynne and Mike Tanner
  • Dick and Martha* Wilkins

* Deceased

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