About Us


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 $320 million (June 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 $320 million (June 2018) in assets.
  • Distributed $18 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.

No Place Like Home - 2017 Annual Report

At CFWNC, we collaborate with generous donors and skilled professional advisors to expand philanthropy across this wonderful region.  The Foundation transforms gifts from individuals, families and businesses into grants that flow to talented nonprofits in eighteen counties where the funds power programs that support Western North Carolina's diverse residents and unique assets.

From humble beginnings, the Foundation has grown into a center for philanthropy with $307 (12/31/2017)million in assets under management.  That growth happened because of relationships that were built over decades, and it is the direct result of people choosing to invest in this region for the long haul.    


CFWNC's strong financial health and commitment to accountability
and transparency have earned it a 2017 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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