You can make a difference in the 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.

Meet Becky Cross

In 1995, 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. The endowment has grown to $1.1 million. Becky was the driving force in establishing the McDowell Endowment and the initial chairperson and has been an active member of the board since the Endowment was established.

How to Donate

Donate online or send a check made out to "CFWNC" with "McDowell Endowment" in the memo line to the address below. (Please note that checks not made out to CFWNC may be returned.)

Mail checks to:

P.O. Box 55
Marion, NC 28752-0055
Memo: McDowell Endowment

For more information, email Advisory Board Chair Ray McKesson or call him at (828) 652-2842.

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 who have formally informed us in writing that they wish to be listed publicly include:

  • Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Cross and Family
  • R. Marshall Dark, Jr. and Barbara W. Dark
  • Mr.* and Mrs. Albert C. Hogan and Vickie
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael A. McCall
  • Sharon L. Parker
  • Joy Q. Shuford

Since 1995, The McDowell Endowment, in partnership with The Community Foundation, has awarded 142 grants totaling $1,118,616.

Thanks to Our Donors (7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018)

  • Mr. and Mrs. Kit Alverson
  • Ms. Kellie D. Arrowood
  • Dr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Atkinson Jr.
  • Mr. Rod Birdsong
  • Mr. Jimmy Blanton
  • Mr. and Mrs. Henry Booke
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bob Boyette
  • Mr. and Mrs. James T. Brewer
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown
  • Dr. Jennings Bryant
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ray Buchanan
  • Mrs. Bunnie Burgin
  • Ms. Rebecca C. Canady
  • Mr. and Mrs. Everette C. Carnes Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dudley C. Chandler
  • Ms. Mary Jo Conloque
  • Ms. Anne Copenhaver
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cross III
  • Mr. and Mrs. John M. Cross
  • Mr. and Mrs. John M. Cross Jr.
  • Ms. E. Sealy Cross
  • Dr. and Mrs. Charles E. Cummings
  • Cummings Properties LLC
  • Martha and Orion Daniel
  • Ms. Janet E. David
  • Mr. and Mrs. Louise Divan
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred Dodge
  • Ms. G. Juanita Doggett
  • Ms. Laura W. Dover
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Hill Evans
  • Ms. Christine Farnam
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Faulkner
  • Ms. Dee Cash and Mr. C. Frank Goldsmith
  • Mr. and Mrs. Kirk Glenn
  • Mr. and Mrs. William Goodson III
  • Dr. John D. Gossett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Gourley
  • Thomas and Carole Grady
  • Mr. and Mrs. Howard Gray Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow P. Greene
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Gregory
  • Mrs. Alice Griffin
  • Mr. Norman Guthrie
  • Mr. and Mrs. H. Victor Hansen
  • Ms. Norma H. Hanson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Nick Hayes
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Hill
  • Ms. Danielle Holliday
  • Mr. and Mrs. Carl L. Hollifield Jr.
  • Ms. Kay B. House
  • Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hunter
  • The Hon. and Mrs. Robert C. Hunter
  • Mrs. Wanda Hyder
  • Ms. Janet Burhoe-Jones
  • Ms. Marion Baker and Mr. James Jones
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jim Kelly
  • Mr. Michael Lavender
  • Dr. and Mrs. Kellett Letson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Fred London
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ted Lowery Jr
  • Mr. Ric Luther
  • Mr. Clifford C. Marshall Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. Marshall Dark III
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. Marshall Dark Jr.
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael McCall
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Ray McKesson
  • Mrs. Ann W. McNutt
  • Mrs. Caroline Mitchell
  • Mr. and Mrs. James E. Moore
  • Ms. Martha Noblitt
  • Mr. and Mrs. Rob Noyes
  • Ms. Kathy Noyes
  • Ms. Debra Oister
  • Ms. Sharon L. Parker
  • Ms. Maria Pilos
  • Mr. Laurance D. Pless
  • Ms. Mary Frances Queen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ramsey
  • Ms. Kara Ann Reel
  • Mr. and Mrs. O. Roane Cross Jr.
  • Ms. Allison Roquemore
  • Mr. Willard Ross
  • Dr. and Mrs. Raymond C. Roy
  • Mr. and Mrs. John Royster
  • Dr. and Dr. Wilson Russell
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Ryan
  • Ms. Helen Shimp
  • Mr. Alfred M. Shiver
  • Mrs. Joy Q. Shuford
  • Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Sisk
  • Mrs. Jeannette C. Smith
  • Ms. Sharon P. Smith
  • Ms. Nancy Spencer
  • Mr. and Mrs. Roger D. Sprinkle
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alan P. Stewart
  • Ms. Susie Sweet and Ms. Gwen Straub
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dan Taylor
  • Mr. Robert S. Teaster
  • Mr. Joe Tisdale
  • WestRock - NTL
  • Ms. Debbie Whittemore
  • Ms. Jane Wilson
  • Ms. Ann King Windham
  • Mr. and Mrs. Stephen W. Woody

Contact Sheryl Aikman for more information about the Foundation’s Affiliate Program.