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Mission: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.

Vision: The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina's vision is a vibrant 18-county region where all people can find opportunity and enjoy the region's many resources.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1978 to build a permanent pool of charitable capital for the 18 counties of Western North Carolina. We work with individuals, families and corporations to create and manage charitable funds and make grants to nonprofits or public agencies in our region.  Watch a short video about CFWNC.

We manage $329 million (September 2018) in assets with a long-term investment strategy that permanently protects and grows these funds. In partnership with fundholders, the Foundation has awarded more than $234 million in scholarships to students and grants to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across our 18-county region and beyond.

What We Do

  • Work with donors to create charitable funds according to their specific interests and needs
  • Inform donors about critical issues and match them with giving opportunities
  • Responsibly manage the charitable assets in our care
  • Make grants and provide support to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and public agencies for improving communities in our region
  • Encourage and participate in community initiatives and partnerships
  • Build awareness of the importance of philanthropy

Quick Facts

  • Manage more than 1,100 philanthropic funds with a total of $329 million (September 2018) in assets.
  • Distributed $18.1 million in Fiscal Year 2018 to hundreds of nonprofit organizations in the region and beyond.
  • Granted more than $234 million since inception.
  • Founded in 1978 and governed by a volunteer board of trustees.
  • CFWNC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization; contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

2018 Annual Report - Celebrating 40 Years

A community foundation is a concrete expression of belief in the future, the power of connection and the importance of caring for others. For 40 years, CFWNC has worked with others to expand philanthropy across 18 counties.  CFWNC transforms gifts from individuals, families and businesses into grants that flow to nonprofits that use the funds to power programs benefiting Western North Carolina's diverse residents and unique assets. 

The Foundation has grown into a regional hub for philanthropy with $329 (September 2018) million in assets.  That growth is the result of people choosing to invest in this region. Good and generous people care about where they live and the people who live around them.  They want to create a better future for everyone, and that plays out in their planning and giving. In a way, CFWNC is a repository for the region’s greatest hopes and most optimistic champions. 

What better role could you have?


CFWNC's strong financial health and commitment to accountability
and transparency have earned it a 2018 4-star rating [PDF] from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

CFWNC celebrates 40 years of growth and service to WNC in 2018.  

Ray Hust

In 1978, retired businessman Ray Hust and a group of local visionaries decided to create a permanent resource that would enhance and improve our quality of life. The Community Foundation exists today thanks to their foresight and through the generosity of thousands of people since who have chosen to partner with the Foundation to support important causes, nonprofit organizations and communities large and small across Western North Carolina.

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4 Vanderbilt Park Drive
Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28803
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