Fund supports worthy projects

Nov 19, 2012

The Fund for Haywood County has received $127,000 from the estate of Helene Ellison, a longtime resident who passed away in August.

This good news follows the July announcement of the Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund for civic and beautification and public art in Town of Waynesville.
The Fund for Haywood Country is a permanent endowment designed to meet changing needs.

Every gift is added to the principal to be preserved and invested. The returns are used to support nonprofits in Haywood County. Since 1994, The Fund for Haywood County, in partnership with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, has awarded 73 grants totaling $558,190 to 42 organizations.
The Mib and Phil Medford Endowment Fund was established in July in Mib Medford’s honor by her family. The fund benefits Haywood Country and will support beautification, streetscape improvements and other public amenities in Waynesville.
“We are delighted that Mrs. Ellison and the Medford family chose to remember Haywood County in these special ways,” said Louise Baker, co-chairman of the board. “We don’t know what changes the future will bring to our community in a decade or a generation, but thanks to generous people who care about Haywood County, we are building permanent resources to help meet needs, now and in the future.”
The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, was established by a group of local residents as a permanent endowment and resource for charitable efforts that benefit Haywood County.

The local volunteer board of directors works to raise awareness of The Fund for Haywood County and to build assets for the future. These board members are: Louise W. Baker and John Keith, co-chairmen; William C. Allsbrook Jr., Libba Feichter, Kimberly Dionne Ghaussy, George Ivey, Rolf Kaufman, Bruce A. Kingshill, Christine Malette, Peggy C. Melville, Jeremy Phillips, Bennie Sharpton, Sarah Wenzel and Kenneth F. Wilson.