Nonprofits

Anam Cara Theatre

Anam Cara produces experimental theater that empowers artists, promotes equality, challenges thinking and transforms community. We provide a safe space for artists and audiences to take risks, grow and collaborate. Our artists create an eclectic mix of work that moves beyond traditional theater, incorporating music, visual art, and the written and spoken word into our productions.

$ 340 raised so far.

Appalachian Barn Alliance

Our mission is to preserve the rural heritage of Madison County and surrounding areas through the documentation of the historical barn-building traditions and the barns they represent. Partnering with the Madison County Tourism Development Authority and the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service, we are working to preserve the agricultural and cultural heritage of Western North Carolina.  Our long-term goal is to have Madison County branded as the “Barn County” of WNC, and establish a heritage farmstead for tourists and students to visit.

$ 275 raised so far.

Asheville Community Yoga

Asheville Community Yoga is a nonprofit organization offering donation-based yoga classes, workshops, series, immersions and trainings to those seeking a healthier lifestyle through the practice of yoga. Our mission is to keep yoga accessible financially, mentally and emotionally for people from all walks of life, and our vision is to nurture a welcoming, engaging, friendly, […]

$ 110 raised so far.

Asheville Greenworks

Founded in 1973 as Quality Forward, Asheville GreenWorks engages more than 2,700 volunteers in over 200 conservation and environmental education projects each year to enhance the environment and quality of life for all residents of Asheville and Buncombe County. Our projects include GreenWorks staff and volunteers who are “getting dirty for a great cause”—whether they’re […]

$ 1440 raised so far.

Asheville Humane Society

Asheville Humane Society is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through education, sheltering and adoption. We believe that pets and their people deserve a safe and healthy community in which to live and thrive … together!

$ 1895 raised so far.

Asheville Jewish Community Center

The Asheville Jewish Community Center welcomes people from every background and belief to participate in our educational, cultural and wellness programs. JCC programs reach thousands of individuals every year and include our five-star-rated early childhood center, after-school program and summer day camp, as well as a fully inclusive summer camp experience for children with autism. […]

$ 5155 raised so far.

Asheville Museum of Science

Asheville Museum of Science (AMOS) supports the advancement of science education in Western North Carolina through hands-on, interactive exhibits and programming for all ages.  AMOS offers engaging new exhibits that feature the science behind WNC’s uniqueness and diversity, Super Science Saturday mini-classes for families, field trip and outreach STEM classes for pre-K to 12th graders, and Beer City Science Pubs for adults to expand their science literacy.

$ 965 raised so far.

Asheville Music Professionals

Asheville Music Professionals provides a common voice for members of the music community in Western North Carolina while encouraging connection and collaboration among musicians, venues, local government, music organizations and businesses.  We offer free bi-monthly educational workshops on a wide variety of topics relating to furthering the knowledge, abilities and professionalism of local music creators. […]

$ 155 raised so far.

Asheville Music School

Asheville Music School offers high-quality, affordable lessons in a wide variety of musical styles and instruments, as well as summer camps and performing ensembles. Our Sound Education outreach program provides free performances for underserved families, veterans, seniors and people with disabilities. We provide scholarships for children and youths whose families could not otherwise afford quality […]

$ 207 raised so far.

Bob Moog Foundation

The mission of the Bob Moog Foundation is to ignite creativity in children and adults by providing interactive experiences at the intersection of science, music, history and innovation. Through our hallmark educational program, Dr. Bob's SoundSchool, we teach over 1,500 Asheville-area second graders yearly about the science of sound through an experiential 10-week curriculum. We train scores of teachers per year to master the physics of sound, so that they become confident in inspiring their students through the subject matter. We provide materials, training and the curriculum at a nominal fee for the school districts to facilitate a truly innovative STEM-based learning experience with the goal of creating the next generation of creative thinkers.

$ 845 raised so far.

Bounty & Soul

Bounty & Soul is a grassroots, volunteer-run nonprofit that provides healthy food, nutrition education and other resources to underserved communities in Buncombe County, ensuring that health and healthy eating are not a luxury, but a right. We currently distribute 6,000 pounds of food to 600 individuals per week and have conducted over 200 health-and-wellness classes and cooking demonstrations for people of all ages over the past year.

$ 950 raised so far.

Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue

Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue is a volunteer-run, no-kill animal rescue dedicated to saving the lives of adoptable dogs and cats who otherwise would die because their time is up at WNC shelters. We transport hundreds of dogs every year to Northern shelters with a shortage of dogs. We also adopt out dogs locally, including through […]

$ 640 raised so far.

Children First/Communities in Schools

Children First/Communities In Schools believes that all children deserve to reach their full potential. We help achieve this by surrounding children and their families with supports in their schools, communities and homes. We help meet basic needs, provide educational supports using evidence-based methods, and teach parenting and resiliency skills. We are unique in that along with our community supports, we also provide strong public-policy advocacy so that local and state leaders will ensure policies are in place to support families.

$ 975 raised so far.

EcoForesters

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.

Eliada

Since 1903 Eliada has supported children and youth whom our founder, Dr. Lucius Compton, referred to as “the least, last and lost.” Today Eliada provides a full continuum of services from cradle to career, assuring that success is in reach for every child who comes through our doors. Eliada serves children and youth through our Child Development Center, and through our pre-K, after-school, foster-care, day-treatment, residential-treatment and workforce-development programs.

$ 905 raised so far.

FEAST

FEAST empowers youth to eat more fruits and vegetables while aiding the creation of a lifelong habit of healthy eating in our community. We work to make healthy eating choices accessible to people of all income levels through hands-­on garden and cooking education. Classes use fresh produce to prepare simple recipes with affordable ingredients.

$ 1995 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.

Friends of the WNC Nature Center

The Friends of the WNC Nature Center creates awareness and provides resources in support of the Nature Center — Asheville’s wildlife park. With over 60 species of animals, all native to our area, the WNC Nature Center connects people with the animals and plants of the Southern Appalachian Mountains by inspiring appreciation, nurturing understanding and […]

$ 731 raised so far.

Girls Rock Asheville

Girls Rock Asheville is a nonprofit camp that empowers girls, trans and nonbinary youth ages 8–16 of all backgrounds and abilities through music education. No experience is required, and we supply all of the instruments and gear. We offer full and partial sponsorship for campers whose families are facing economic barriers to participation; no one is turned away due to lack of funds. We are 100 percent volunteer led.

$ 2520 raised so far.

Heart of Horse Sense

Heart of Horse Sense supports high-quality equine- assisted psychotherapy and learning for veterans and for at-risk youth. Teams of horse professionals and mental health providers work with over 400 veterans suffering from PTSD and TBI per year, as well as with scores of children living in poverty. Our organization also helps to support the 20 […]

$ 290 raised so far.

Helios Warriors, Inc.

Helios Warriors is dedicated to offering the highest-quality holistic therapies to veterans and their spouses or primary caregivers in a safe and supportive environment. Our low-cost, sliding-scale services are made possible by a dedicated corps of volunteer licensed/certified practitioners who provide holistic healing for the whole person, not just their symptoms, to enhance our veterans’ […]

$ 340 raised so far.

Homeward Bound

We work to end the cycle of homelessness. We move men, women and children from cars, camps and shelters into permanent housing, and provide the support they need to stay housed. We are a secular organization, working with everyone, regardless of age, race, religion (or lack of religious affiliation), gender and sexual orientation.

$ 3805 raised so far.

LEAF Community Arts

LEAF Community Arts uses festivals and cultural arts education programs to lift up marginalized communities and unite people across socioeconomic divides. LEAF offers three programs to achieve these ends: LEAF Festivals, LEAF Schools & Streets, and LEAF International. LEAF Schools & Streets bridges cultures locally by creating experiences that empower youth to become global citizens, […]

$ 220 raised so far.

Loving Food Resources

Loving Food Resources provides food and personal-care items to over 200 people living with HIV/AIDS in the 18 counties of Western North Carolina, as well as those living in home hospice care with any diagnosis. They serve their clients in a compassionate manner with appreciation and respect for human diversity.

$ 460 raised so far.

MemoryCare

MemoryCare is a nonprofit clinic serving families affected by Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. Our teams provide specialized medical care for adults with cognitive impairment that is integrated with support and education of their caregivers. Individuals can stay safely at home longer than otherwise possible and there is focus on quality of life for all impacted. We […]

$ 1660 raised so far.

Mountain BizWorks

Mountain BizWorks believes that small, locally owned businesses are central to building a vibrant and inclusive economy. We help businesses start, grow and thrive by providing loans to owners who may otherwise find it difficult to receive funding. We also offer peer-to-peer business coaching and classes. This formula of capital plus educational support helps entrepreneurs […]

$ 2790 raised so far.

MountainTrue

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.

My Daddy Taught Me That

The mission of My Daddy Taught Me That (MDTMT) is to support young males’ development into righteous, respectable and responsible men through youth development programming and advocacy focused on eradicating the education-achievement and economic-mobility gaps that affect young males living in the city of Asheville and Buncombe County.

$ 1245 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.

Orison Books

Orison Books is an Asheville-based nonprofit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. We publish four to five books of poetry, fiction and nonfiction each year, as well as an annual anthology. Orison serves the community by frequently bringing our authors to town and hosting […]

$ 420 raised so far.

Our VOICE

In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault — through crisis services, hospital and court advocacy, case management, and counseling to all people ages 13 and up. We are equally dedicated to preventing violence from happening in the first place, and offer numerous educational programs, including Shifting Boundaries, OwnWhoUR and Code RED, developed for middle, high school and college students.

$ 1570 raised so far.

POP Project

Literacy studies show strong correlations between access to books and literacy, and between literacy and success in life. The POP Project donates free books directly to local educational organizations or locations whose clients would benefit from a greater access to books. These locations include children's schools and programs, shelters and housing communities, church programs, food pantries, fellow nonprofits and corrections systems. Every dollar donated to POP equals $10 in free books distributed back into our community.

$ 715 raised so far.

Project Challenge North Carolina Inc.

Project Challenge helps at-risk and adjudicated youth become involved in ways to give to their communities.  Through the giving of self to others, the children learn that they are important, capable members of their community, and that their time and talents are needed and wanted by many.  By becoming involved, they are able to experience […]

$ 520 raised so far.

Provision Asheville

Our mission is to build community through service. We primarily focus on two large groups of Asheville residents: low income and artists. Our ongoing programs include: two food pantries, the West Asheville Art Walk and our “Love West Asheville” community event. In all of our efforts, we strive to make all people feel welcomed and accepted, and to build community through relationships rather than serving a “number.”

$ 180 raised so far.

Sleep Tight Kids

The goal of Sleep Tight Kids is to promote feelings of hope and comfort in children as they lay their heads to rest each night. Sleep Tight Kids donates newly purchased bedtime-related items (over 4,000 this year) for children, including clothing, blankets, toiletries, toys and books, either directly to needy families or through partnerships with other nonprofit […]

$ 345 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.

Southern Highland Craft Guild

The Southern Highland Craft Guild is an educational nonprofit organization founded in 1930 to create a support network and market for mountain craftspeople, enabling them to enhance our region’s standards and traditions of fine handmade objects. Through daily public demonstrations, historical and artistic exhibits and special events, all provided free of charge at the Folk Art Center, the Guild helps thousands of local Asheville residents and visitors appreciate the skills in making fine crafts.

$ 1175 raised so far.

Special Olympics of Buncombe County

We provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

Benefits to Asheville area: Buncombe County Special Olympics has over 50 year-round athletes that participate in the sports offered. At our annual Spring Games one-day event, over 500 Athletes participate. Students and adults from 30 different schools and group home programs across Buncombe County come to compete in the track and field events. Buncombe County Special Olympics collaborates with Buncombe County Schools to make this event a success.

$ 238 raised so far.

The Animal Rescue of Western North Carolina

Our mission is to save adoptable cats and dogs from euthanasia by pulling them from full WNC shelters. We are developing a vast foster care network of caring and loving foster families from all across Western North Carolina to save these animals. Secondary missions are to educate the community about the humane treatment of animals, […]

$ 460 raised so far.

The Community Table

The Community Table has been providing nutritious meals to our neighbors in need in a welcoming environment since 1999. We do this through our Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen programs. Last year we served a record-breaking 27,891 meals and distributed 13,298 boxes of groceries to over 4,000 people.

$ 570 raised so far.

The Council on Aging of Buncombe County

Each year the Council on Aging of Buncombe County helps more than 8,000 older adults age with choice through education, innovative programming and connection to needed resources, such as: Medicare education and counseling, in-home aide services, volunteer transportation (Call A Ride), minor home repair, nutrition and wellness, the Homebound Food Delivery and Socializing With Seniors […]

$ 690 raised so far.

The Lord’s Acre

The Lord’s Acre is a diverse and open community of volunteers who grow and donate organic food to an average of 500 people per week via several area food outlets. Yet their true work is community- and relationship-building and education. This is accomplished by working with schools, colleges, churches, children’s groups, similar gardens and other […]

$ 6063 raised so far.

The Magnetic Theatre Inc.

The Magnetic Theatre is Asheville’s only company dedicated to original works — and one of the few of its kind in the United States. Operating year-round from its beautiful home, Magnetic 375 (375 Depot St. in the River Arts District), the Magnetic produces an incredible variety of world premieres, everything from farce to the wildest […]

$ 1970 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 for Life

The primary mission of Wild for Life is to provide qualified, professional care, housing and nutrition to injured and orphaned wildlife, ultimately returning them to native wild habitats.  Our 13 non-releasable-wildlife ambassadors also establish connections with and educate people,  through hands-on demonstrations.  Wild for Life’s educational outreach programs are designed to create public awareness regarding native wildlife, wild places, conservation and preservation.

$ 5650 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.