At EcoForesters, protecting the forests of the Appalachian Mountains and ensuring their longevity is our passion. Led by professional foresters, our nonprofit uses positive-impact forest stewardship and natural resource education to both conserve and restore our woodlands, transforming them into vibrant, healthy and sustainable forests for the benefit of current and future generations.

$ 586 raised so far.

Friends of the Smokies

We assist the National Park Service in preserving and protecting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park by raising funds, increasing public awareness and providing volunteers for needed projects. We serve area residents by funding critical park programs, including environmental education for local students, wildlife management, historic preservation, monitoring improvements in regional air quality and large-scale trail rehabilitation projects.

$ 487 raised so far.


MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in 32 North Carolina counties. We focus on: ecological restoration and invasive plant removal in forests; monitoring water quality and cleaning up our rivers and streams; identifying pollution sources and enforcing environmental laws; and advocating for clean energy, responsible land use and investment in sensible transportation.

$ 2700 raised so far.

Muddy Sneakers

Muddy Sneakers is an experiential learning program working in conjunction with 24 Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina public schools to provide outdoor learning opportunities to fifth-graders. Through six to 10 full-day outdoor expeditions on public lands, trained naturalists guide students through curriculum-specific science topics via hands-on learning opportunities. Muddy Sneakers is seeing great improvement in science efficacy and overall engagement, reconnecting children with the joy of learning outside.

$ 1394 raised so far.

Organic Growers School

Organic Growers School, based in Asheville, is the premiere provider of practical and affordable organic education in the Southern Appalachians, building a vibrant food and farming community by boosting the success of organic home growers and farmers in our region. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we have been serving WNC since 1993. Our hands-on training, workshops, conferences […]

$ 280 raised so far.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

As your local land trust, we permanently protect globally significant ecosystems, clean water, beloved recreational areas, working farms and the breathtaking mountains of the Southern Appalachians in WNC. We also responsibly steward and manage these lands for posterity and connect people with the land through hikes and volunteer opportunities. By preserving vital resources in our […]

$ 6390 raised so far.

Western North Carolina Green Building Council

We are people who care about where we live — our homes, neighborhoods and the planet. Since 2001, we have been accomplishing our mission to advance sustainability in the built environment through regional action. We make a difference in the community by hosting original educational events, serving on Asheville’s Energy Innovation Task Force and implementing programs like Green Built NC, Green Gauge and Appalachian Offsets.

$ 310 raised so far.

Wild South

With offices in Asheville and Moulton, Ala., Wild South works to inspire people to enjoy, value and protect the wild character and natural legacy of the South. For over two decades, we have served as a leading protector of Southern public lands, with programs to conserve biodiversity, preserve cultural heritage, defend native wildlife and engage the public in wilderness stewardship. Our volunteers contribute over 4,000 hours of service annually.

$ 700 raised so far.