January 10, 2015 – The Fund for Haywood County announces $60,000 in grants

(article courtesy of The Mountaineer newspaper)

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From left are Janet Thatcher, board secretary; Laura Lang, board member; George Ivey, Board Chairman, The Fund for Haywood County; Julia Freeman, REACH executive director and Pat Janke, board president.

The Fund for Haywood County has approved $60,000 in People in Need grants to local nonprofit organizations that provide critical services for economically disadvantaged people.

One of these grants went to REACH of Haywood County, Inc. to create a program to assist victims of domestic violence in regaining control of their financial lives in order to build a better future for themselves and their children.

“This grant will allow us to bring practical financial skills to our clients, and we are very grateful to the Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina,” said Pat Janke, board president. “For this grant, allowing us to implement a forward-looking program and help victims break the cycle of domestic violence by removing one of the many barriers to an independent and peaceful life.”

The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is a permanently endowed fund to meet local needs. Tax-deductible gifts are added to the principal, which is preserved and invested. The returns are used to make grants to support nonprofits in Haywood County. Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with CFWNC, has awarded 87 grants totaling more than $750,000 to 48 organizations.

The grants were made in partnership with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC). These grants were awarded as part of The Community Foundation’s People in Need grant cycle, and were funded by the Janirve Legacy Fund, CFWNC fundholders and The Fund for Haywood County.

“We are delighted that we can support these worthy programs,” said Board Chairman George Ivey.  “We are pleased to partner with CFWNC and local nonprofit organizations to make a difference in our community.”

REACH, the Mountain Projects Circles of Hope effort and the Haywood Pathways Center each received $20,000 for the most recent grant season.

The local, volunteer Fund for Haywood County Advisory Board works to raise awareness of The Fund for Haywood County and to build assets for the future. These board members are: George D. Ivey (Chair), Michael Beadle (Secretary), Nyda Bittmann-Neville, Parrish Ezell, Kimberly Dionne Ghaussy, John W. Keith, Bruce A. Kingshill (Treasurer), Christine Mallette (Vice Chair), Scott McLeod, Jeremy Phillips, Bennie Sharpton, Donald S. Stanton, David Sutton and Sarah Wenzel.

To make a tax-deductible donation to The Fund for Haywood County, donate on-line at www.cfwnc.org or by mail to The Fund for Haywood County, P.O. Box 627, Waynesville, NC, 28786. Contributions of any size are welcome and are tax-deductible.

The Community Foundation is a nonprofit serving eighteen counties in Western North Carolina. The Foundation is a permanent regional resource that facilitates more than $14 million in charitable giving annually.  CFWNC inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.

CFWNC supports the growth of its affiliate funds to extend the benefits of philanthropy across the region. To learn more about The Community Foundation, call 828-254-4960 or visit www.cfwnc.org.

For more information about The Fund for Haywood County, contact Chair George Ivey at 828-648-2710 or visit www.fundforhaywoodcounty.org.

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