Haywood Waterways establishes Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund

Dec 19, 2012
Dave Dudek, a long-time leader with Haywood Waterways Association, presents an award to the late Joetta Rinehart.

Haywood Waterways Establishes Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund The Haywood Waterways Association has permanently named their endowment fund the “Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund” in honor of Joetta Rinehart, one of the organization’s most devoted supporters.
“The renaming of the fund will give recognition for all that Joetta did for Haywood Waterways and the community” said Bill Eaker, Chairman of Haywood Waterways’ Fundraising Committee. “We are very grateful for her kindness, dedication, and service. It was because of her reputation in the community that she gave Haywood Waterways instant credibility. She helped guide the organization toward meeting community needs which she understood so well.”
Joetta was actively involved in Haywood Waterways. She served on the Board of Directors for over 10 years and was Treasurer from 2003-2009. She was also employed for 25 years at Lake Junaluska Assembly and served in public relations for 20 of those years. Joetta was well known for her service to community and church. The Endowment Fund was established in 2007 to provide financial security and sustainability for Haywood Waterways, its programs, and the long-term protection of Haywood County waterways. The organization has been primarily dependent on grants for program support and operating income; nearly 80% of the organization’s budget comes from this type of unreliable funding. The organization’s goal for the endowment is $2 million.
Bill Eaker said, “We will be implementing an aggressive fundraising plan starting in 2013. As part of that we are encouraging people to consider us in planned giving programs, such as estate planning. Gifts of all sizes will certainly help.” The Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund is held by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. Founded in 1978, the Foundation manages more than $185 million in charitable assets for its 18-county region. The Community Foundation’s mission is to inspire philanthropy and mobilize resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. “Much of the strength of The Community Foundation lies in the permanence of our funds. Thanks to generous donors, the Foundation will be here forever to respond to the changing needs of Western North Carolina,” said President Elizabeth Brazas.  “Over time, a gift to endowment grows while the proceeds improve lives and communities in ways that we can only imagine.” Haywood Waterways is a nonprofit association dedicated to maintaining and improving the water quality of the Pigeon River watershed in Haywood County. Its focus is on reducing non-point pollution, or the pollution that washes off the land every time it rains, and works toward this goal through a variety of voluntary initiatives. The association has seen much success in its history, including being named Water Conservationist of the Year in the NC Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards program, impacting over 10,000 students through Kids in the Creek, acquiring $6.2 million in grants for water quality improvement work in Haywood County, removing over 9.3 tons of trash from local streams through the Adopt-A-Stream program, and removing Hyatt Creek and a 1.6 mile section of Richland Creek from the state list of impaired waterways. For more information on the Joetta Rinehart Endowment Fund, contact Eric Romaniszyn at 877-700-7373 orinfo@haywoodwaterways.org.