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Donor Stories

Why I Give

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.

Terri Thomas
Terri knows that every gift, small or large, can make a difference. And, giving feels good.

Family of Brenda Jernigan  
Brenda’s brothers and sisters continued her legacy of helping student athletes through the Brenda Jernigan Memorial Scholarship for South View High School.

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

 J. Scott McFadyen  (11/03/1929 – 05/12/2014)
When Scott McFadyen sold McFadyen Music, Inc. in 2000, he created a donor advised fund at Cumberland Community Foundation to continue his philanthropy and share his blessings.  

Les Griffin 
Les and his late wife, Alma, wanted to meet the changing needs of our community. They trusted the community foundation with an unrestricted endowment to support the greatest needs and opportunities every year. 

Iris Thornton  (11/24/1925 – 01/24/2017)
Iris and her husband, James, raised their family and ran their business in Fayetteville. They believed in giving back to the community that gave so much to them.