Donor Stories

Giving to Cumberland Community Foundation is easy and anyone can do it whether you have limited resources or great wealth. See how these donors were able to make meaningful contributions aligned with their values, life experiences, interests and the desire they have to help our community thrive.

Elaine Bryant Hayes 
Elaine instilled the values of giving and volunteering in her children. She believes in the community foundation and gave to endowments to support her favorite causes – the arts, the NC Symphony, and children in need.
jscott_video  J. Scott McFadyen
(11/03/1929 – 05/12/2014)
When Scott McFadyen sold McFadyen Music, Inc., he created a donor advised fund to share his blessings. Cumberland Community Foundation was a capable steward of his giving.
terri_video Terri Thomas
Terri knows that every gift matters and that giving feels good.
james_video Brenda Jernigan Family 
Brenda’s brothers and sisters continued her legacy of helping student athletes through the Brenda Jernigan Memorial Scholarship for South View High School.
les_video Les Griffin 
Les and his late wife, Alma, wanted to meet the changing needs of our community and trusted the community foundation to carry on their giving.

Iris Thornton
(11/24/1925 – 01/24/2017)
Iris and her late husband, James, raised their family and ran their business in Fayetteville. 

loleta_video Loleta Wood Foster, PhD 
As past president of the community foundation board, Dr. Foster knows that trust is what matters.



Vienna and John Balkcum

In 1982, the Balkcums read an article in The Fayetteville Observer about Dr. Lucile Hutaff’s gift that created Cumberland Community Foundation. They were so inspired that they re-wrote their wills a few weeks later to ensure that they “gave back” to the community in similar way. After more than sixty years of marriage, they died within 6 days of each other. Their estate gift to CCF was unrestricted. After talking to their friends and advisors, the Foundation designed a grant program to reflect their values and priorities. Their legacy continues to make a difference through an endowment fund created in their honor.


Dr. William C. Powell
Dr. Powell was a beloved pediatrician whose life was about family, friends and charity. He was a generous supporter of the arts, historic preservation, education, his church, and countless other interests. He left a lasting legacy at CCF, endowments which continue to support his personal interests as well as the greatest needs in our community.



Cornelia Bullock Wilkins
Wilkins was born on a farm near Autryville, NC, the youngest of five daughters. She was a teacher until her marriage to Samuel B. Wilkins, M.D., a VA doctor. She lived quietly and frugally, enjoying her church, family, and friends. Wilkins worked with her advisors and the community foundation in 2006 to arrange a gift in her will that would support a variety of causes and help those less fortunate. Upon her passing in 2007, through a generous estate gift, CCF created an endowment according to her instructions. The endowment supports health care, seniors, education, and the Cape Fear Botanical Garden every year.


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