Organizations and Causes I Support

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that works in historic preservation in the United States. The member-supported organization was founded in 1949 by a Congressional charter to support the preservation of America’s diverse historic buildings, neighborhoods, and heritage through its programs, resources, and advocacy. Source: Wikipedia. Member since 2000. 

Nature Conservancy

Founded in the U.S. through grassroots action in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Source: Nature Conservancy Member since 2006. 

Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization based in the United States. It works to protect all native animals and plants throughout North America in their natural communities.  Source: Wikipedia. Member since 2009. 

Audubon Society

The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Source: National Audubon Society
Member since 2019.

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club’s stated mission is “To explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth; To practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources; To educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives. Source: Sierra Club “Policies”
Member since 2005.

Southern Poverty Law Center

The SPLC is the premier U.S. non-profit organization monitoring the activities of domestic hate groups and other extremists – including the Ku Klux Klan, the neo-Nazi movement, neo-Confederates, racist skinheads, antigovernment militias, Christian Identity adherents and others. Source: SPLC “What We Do”. Member since 1999.

Local Asheville, NC Organizations

Manna Food Bank

MANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization that links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of WNC to get food to families’ tables. MANNA is an acronym, and stands for Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance. We are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. Source: Manna Food Bank

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is the community leader in best practices to end homelessness and has been using the Housing First model since 2006. Source: Homeward Bound

Dining Out For Life

WNCAP (Western North Carolina AIDS Project) was founded in 1986. It has grown to serve thousands of people with HIV and HIV-related illnesses in eighteen counties. Dining Out For Life is an annual partnership with the Asheville Independent Restaurant Association (AIR). Per capita, it has actually had more people participating and donating than even San Francisco or Atlanta.