You can make a difference in McDowell 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.

Twenty years ago, The McDowell Endowment was established with a $10,000 gift from a family with deep ties to McDowell County. It was created to offer a safe, purposeful, long-term way for people to give back. Since then, with much support from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, 85 grants totaling more than $700,000 have been made and our endowment has grown to $970,000.  It would be a wonderful celebration of twenty years if the Endowment could reach $1,000,000 in its twentieth year. It is truly a grand resource for McDowell County.

Becky Cross


Many thanks to these generous donors who supported the McDowell Endowment 

(07/01/15 - 06/30/16). 


Ms. Marion Baker and Mr. James Jones

Mr. Rod Birdsong

Mr. Jimmy Blanton

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Boyette

Mrs. Miriam A. Broome

Mr. and Mrs. Ray Buchanan

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Burgin

Dr. and Mrs. Mark Burton

Mr. and Mrs. Mike Butrum

Mr. and Mrs. John M. Cross

Ms. E. Sealy Cross

Mr. and Mrs. O. Roane Cross Jr.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Marshall Dark III

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dodge

Ms. Laura Dover

Mr. and Mrs. Grayson England

Mr. and Mrs. W. Hill Evans

Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Faulkner

Dr. and Mrs. John M. Gilkey

Mr. and Mrs. Lamar Green

Mr. Norman Guthrie

Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hansen

Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hayes

Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Hollifield Jr.

Ms. Elizabeth House

The Hon. and Mrs. Robert C. Hunter

Mrs. Wanda Hyder

Ms. Eileen M. Johnson

Mr. Richard G. Knapp

Mr. Michael Lavender

Mrs. Susan N. Leffe

Dr. and Mrs. Michael McCall

Mr. and Mrs. W. Ray McKesson

Mrs. Ann W. McNutt

Mr. and Mrs. Mark R. Montgomery

Mr. Myron Nelson

Mr. and Mrs. Rob Noyes

Ms. Sharon Lee Parker

Ms. Mary Frances Queen

Ms. Kara Ann Reel

Mrs. Joy Q. Shuford

Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Sprinkle

Ms. Susie Sweet and Ms. Gwen Straub

Mr. Russell E. Vannatta

Mr. and Mrs. John Whittemore

Mr. and Mrs. Greg Wolfenbarger

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 McDowell Endowment include:

Larry and Pat Brown*

John M. & Becky Cross

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Cross & Family

R. Marshall Dark Jr. & Barbara W. Dark

Mr. and Mrs. Albert C. Hogan and Vickie

Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. McCall

Sharon L. Parker

Joy Q. Shuford

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