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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

aka CFWNC   |   Asheville, NC   |  www.cfwnc.org

Mission

Mission The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities throughout the region. Vision Our vision is a vibrant and equitable Western North Carolina where all people can find opportunity and enjoy the region'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 knowledge and partnerships to guide this work. We make giving easy, effective and enduring.

Ruling year info

1979

President

Ms. Elizabeth Brazas

Main address

4 Vanderbilt Park Drive, Suite 300

Asheville, NC 28803 USA

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EIN

56-1223384

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants

CFWNC serves many constituencies and funds a wide range of initiatives, organizations and projects. From July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, CFWNC distributed over $34 million, with more than 80 percent of the grants directed by donors. The Foundation actively manages more than 1,200 funds, each created by an individual, family, corporation or nonprofit. Assets under management stand at $422 million (December 2023). CFWNC serves 18 counties of Western North Carolina including the Qualla Boundary. More information is available at www.cfwnc.org (http://www.cfwnc.org) .

Population(s) Served
Older adults
Seniors
Young adults
Children and youth

CFWNC administers approximately 60 scholarships. In 2023, $558,000 was awarded to 96 students.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

CFWNC helps donors and nonprofits achieve their charitable goals. We work to build permanent charitable capital for 18 counties in Western North Carolina. Funding focus areas include People in Need, Food and Farming, Early Childhood Development and Natural and Cultural Resources.

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

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina

Board of directors
as of 03/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

J. Chris Smith

Community Volunteer


Board co-chair

Joanne Badr

Michael Fields

Community Volunteer

Caroline Avery

Community Volunteer

Natalie N. Bailey

Community Volunteer

Constance M. Haire

Community Volunteer

Jean McLaughlin

Community Volunteer

Scott Shealy

Community Volunteer

Juanita Wilson

Community Volunteer

Francisco Castelblanco

Community Volunteer

Ellen O. Carr

Community Volunteer

Sharon Fouts Taylor

Community Volunteer

Himanshu Karvir

Community Volunteer

Yolanda Fair

Community Volunteer

Heather Norton

Community Volunteer

Harris M. Livingstain

Community Volunteer

Carter B. Webb

Community Volunteer

Milton Butterworth

Community Volunteer

Carla Barnard

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/14/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/24/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.