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Originally published: 2013-12-02 14:02:39
Last modified: 2013-12-02 14:03:25

Watauga Community Foundation celebrates 20th anniversary

The Watauga County Community Foundation celebrated its 20th anniversary and held its eighth annual Philanthropy Day Luncheon on Nov. 14 at the Blowing Rock Conference Center. Highlighting the event was the announcement of the 2013 Spirit of Philanthropy Award recipients -- the Appalachian Women's Fund and the High Country Women's Fund.

November was National Philanthropy Month and Nov. 15 was National Philanthropy Day. National Philanthropy Month provided an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of giving and all that it has made possible. The first National Philanthropy Day was held in 1986.

In 2006, the Watauga County Community Foundation established a Spirit of Philanthropy Award to celebrate the community's philanthropic leaders. 

The Spirit of Philanthropy Award recognizes those who have shared their time, talents and treasures for the betterment of Watauga County and the broader community. Past winners include Jim Deal, John and Faye Cooper, Art and Susan Barber, APE, the Boone Service League, the Mountain Alliance, and the High Country United Way.

This year, the Watauga County Community Foundation decided to jointly recognize the High Country Women's Fund and the Appalachian Women's Fund. "We are incredibly fortunate to have not one, but two philanthropic organizations focused on women's issues," said Brian Crutchfield, Watauga County Community Foundation board member, who presented the awards.  "In less than seven years' both of these groups have created an awareness of the special needs of women in the High Country and have become a philanthropic catalyst for social change and economic justice with the goal of creating a community where all women and girls reach their full potential."

Together, the Appalachian Women's Fund and High Country Women's Fund have contributed thousands of volunteer hours and raised and distributed more than $850,000 to area organizations and projects that are addressing a number of women's issues and concerns.

About the Watauga County Community Foundation: The Watauga County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the statewide North Carolina Community Foundation. 

WCCF was created in 1993 and has 27 endowment funds with total assets of nearly $2.6 million.  During the past 20 years, WCCF's 27 endowment funds have distributed nearly $920,000 in grants and scholarships supporting local nonprofits and students. In 2013, WCCF will distribute more than $100,000 in grants and scholarships.

About the North Carolina Community Foundation: The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $74 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $171 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. 

The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 67 counties across the state. An important component of NCCF's mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.

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