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 Sim Cross or call him at (828) 274-5140.

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 (7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019)

  • Mr. and Mrs. Kit Alverson
  • Dr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Atkinson Sr.
  • Ms. Marion Baker
  • Mr. Rod Birdsong
  • Mr. Jimmy Blanton
  • Mr. and Mrs. Charles Brown
  • Mr. and Mrs. Ray Buchanan
  • Ms. Janet Burhoe-Jones
  • Dr. and Ms. Mark Burton
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Simeon Butler
  • Mr. Paul Carico
  • Mr. and Mrs. John M. Cross
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cross III
  • Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Cross IV
  • Estate of Eugenia Cross
  • Mr. and Mrs. O. Roane Cross Jr.
  • Mr. Simeon R. Cross
  • Mr. and Mrs. R. Marshall Dark III
  • Ms. G. Juanita Doggett
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Hill Evans
  • Mr. and Mrs. Richard E. Faulkner
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Gately
  • Mrs. Melanie Dover Goodson
  • Dr. John D. Gossett
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Gourley
  • Mr. J. Ramsay Grant Jr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Woodrow P. Greene
  • Mr. Norman Guthrie
  • Mrs. Joan N. Hensley
  • Ms. Danielle Holliday
  • The Hon. and Mrs. Robert C. Hunter
  • Mr. Ryan Kelley
  • Dr. and Mrs. Michael McCall
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Ray McKesson
  • Mrs. Ann W. McNutt
  • Ms. Sharon Lee Parker
  • Mr. and Mrs. George Pratt
  • Ms. Mary Frances Queen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Donald Ramsey
  • Ms. Kara Ann Reel
  • Ms. Helen Shimp
  • Mrs. Joy Q. Shuford
  • Ms. Raelyn M. Skultety
  • Ms. Nancy Spencer
  • Mrs. Nancy C. Stewart
  • Ms. Susie Sweet and Ms. Gwen Straub
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael Thomas
  • Mr. Joe Tisdale
  • Ms. Antoinette R. Wike
  • Mrs. Bobbie Young
  • Anonymous

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