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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina


Civic/Church/EducationNon-Profit Organizations

About Us

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 $348 million (December 2019) 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 $254 million in scholarships to students and grants to nonprofit organizations and public institutions across our 18-county region and beyond.

Our vision is a vibrant 18-county region where all people can find opportunity and enjoy Western North Carolina's many resources. Our actions reflect our values:

• We listen, cultivate relationships and build collective support to address community needs.

• We commit resources to these needs and inspire others to join us.

• We draw on our regional expertise to guide this work.

• We make giving easy, effective and enduring.


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