Avery Community Foundation

The Avery Community Foundation is a growing family of philanthropic funds, source of grants for local causes and partner for donors. ACF was founded in 1997 and is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership – all for the benefit of Avery County.


Bryan Whitfield


Gwen Clark


Board Members

James Austin

Cody Hoilman

Adam Martin

Scott Mathis

Justin Ray

Barbara Roesner

James Swinkola

Jamey Thompson

ACF board member Gwen Clark explains why she loves being part of the community foundation and emphasizes the importance of it in the community.

Grants Awarded

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Full circle: NCCF scholarship recipients continue legacy of giving back

June 13, 2024

North Carolina Community Foundation scholarships have the ability to not only change recipients’ lives, but also create a legacy of community giving. Take Garrett Lane…


Endowment to support Feeding Avery Families established at North Carolina Community Foundation

February 27, 2024

Feeding Avery Families, a nonprofit Christian organization located in Newland that works to eliminate hunger in Avery County, has a new endowment at the


Avery Community Foundation announces nearly $11,000 in grants

November 7, 2023

The Avery Community Foundation announced $10,830 in grants to organizations supporting the local community.  The board of…


Four Avery County High School students awarded scholarships

June 14, 2023

NEWLAND, N.C., — Avery County High School graduates Briahna Barrier, Cameron Burnop, Emily Duncan and Samuel Ayden Ray were awarded 2023 scholarships through the North…