You can make a difference in Rutherford County by making a tax-deductible gift of cash, securities, life insurance or real estate.  By pooling your gift with those of your neighbors, you can provide significant support for local needs. 

My family has worked with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina for almost twenty years. My wife, Martha, passed away in 2013 and my children - Tim, Chris and Robin -  and I wanted to honor her memory. With CFWNC’s help, we created the Martha Baker Wilkins Family Memorial Fund. This endowment will forever support the church Martha loved so much – St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton – and we all trust in the Foundation’s permanent stewardship of our gift. 

Dick Wilkins


Many thanks to these generous donors who supported The Rutherford County Endowment (07/01/15 - 06/30/16):


Mr. and Mrs. Donald Bell

Mr. John Condrey

Mrs. William J. DeBrule

Mr. and Mrs. Forest Edwards Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Elliott

Dr. Natasha Hays

Mrs. Ruth Hodge

Mr. and Mrs. Bill Howard

Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hoy

Mrs. Katy Hunt

Mrs. Margaret Jaski

Dr. and Mrs. Donald T. Lesher

Mr. and Mrs. Jesse J. McKinney

Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Melson

Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Miller

Mrs. Margaret Miller

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore

Mrs. Janice R. Paris

Katherine H. Philbeck Charitable Remainder Unitrust

Dr. Robert G. Stallings

Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Tanner

Mr. Kenneth S. Tanner, III

Mr. and Mrs. James T. Tanner

Ms. Jessica Thomas

Mr. and Mrs. David Toney

Ms. Diane W. Warner

Mr. Theron P. Watson

Dr. and Mrs. Ernest Yelton

The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society honors individuals who have arranged for a future gift to our affiliate in the form of a bequest, charitable remainder trust, charitable gift annuity, retirement assets, life insurance, life estate or other deferred contribution. Legacy Society members of the Rutherford County Endowment include:

  • Katherine Philbeck
  • Mr. and Mrs. James T. Tanner
  • Lynne and Mike Tanner
  • Dick and Martha Wilkins
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