Nonprofit Resources

Through our donors and competitive grants programs The Community Foundation provides funding to nonprofits.  Since 1978, we have distributed more than $198 million in grants.  While grantmaking is important, there are many other ways we assist nonprofits.

Western North Carolina is fortunate to have a strong and vibrant nonprofit community.  Supporting nonprofits and providing them with the resources they need to fulfill their missions is one of the important ways we work across our region.

Our Work with Nonprofits

WNC Nonprofit Pathways

Formed in 2006, WNC Nonprofit Pathways is a funders’ collaborative that works to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations so they can better achieve their missions. It also hosts the Duke Certificate Program in Nonprofit Management.  Pathways is built upon the belief that strong organizations make strong communities.

Since 2011, Pathways has helped to strengthen more than 550 Western North Carolina organizations through assessments, on-site trainings, in-depth consulting and workshops.

In addition to CFWNC, Pathways funders include the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Mission Hospital, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, The Duke Endowment, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

For detailed information, visit the Pathways website.

Nonprofit Endowments and Funds

The Community Foundation helps more than 130 regional nonprofits by offering them expertise in administration and management of their investments.  Working with the Foundation enables nonprofits to access institutional-caliber strategies in a cost-effective manner and complements their development efforts with our full range of offerings such as charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts.  Nonprofits gain access to layers of supervision, diversity of investments, benchmarks and standards that an independent portfolio might not command on its own.

Philanthropic Advisors

Our role as philanthropic advisor is one with dual benefit to donors and nonprofits.  Fundholders work in partnership with the Foundation to support effective organizations and have access to emerging programs and projects in the areas they care most about.  Through these relationships, distributions from donor advised funds can supplement CFWNC's discretionary grantmaking.  Because we have unique opportunities to leverage common interests and pool resources, these grants can have a meaningful impact.

North Carolina Center for Nonprofits

The Community Foundation supports the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits, which was created by and for nonprofits, has 1,500 Members and works in all 100 counties of the state.  The Center is a statewide network for board and staff members, an information center on effective practices and an advocate for the nonprofit sector as a whole.  Its mission is to enrich North Carolina’s communities and economy through a strong nonprofit sector and nonprofit voice.

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Hispanics in Philanthropy

In 2002, The Community Foundation made a targeted commitment to the Latino community by becoming part of The NC Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities. The Latino population in Western NC has grown from 5,300 in 1990 to more than 58,000 in 2010, a 1000% increase. The NC Funders’ Collaborative fits well with the Foundation’s overall commitment to strengthening the capacity of nonprofits in our region. This collaborative effort to support Latino-led nonprofits is currently funded by ten philanthropic partners from across the state and enables each of us to strengthen our local support of this emerging population. 

This Collaborative is led by Hispanics in Philanthropy, a transnational organization that provides outreach, oversight, structure, technical assistance, and a dollar-for-dollar match for funds raised locally.  With a match from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Community Foundation has tripled its contribution allowing the initiative to have a greater impact in our region. 

Through the Community Foundation’s regional leadership, engagement of philanthropic partners, and leveraged investment in the Collaborative, almost $1 million has been awarded thus far in Western North Carolina to build Latino groups’ internal operations and capacity.  The capacity building efforts range from one-year planning grants to multi-year grants for strategic, board or fundraising planning.  Latino-led organizations receiving grants also benefit from statewide gatherings where leaders learn from each other and from specialists in the field. 

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