Our founder, Dr. Lucile West Hutaff, had a vision of bringing our community together to make life better for everyone. While a professor of medicine at Bowman Gray Medical School, she saw The Winston-Salem Foundation at work. She liked the way that community foundation brought everyone together to address issues, and she wanted to create the same kind of organization for her hometown. So, when she retired and moved back to Fayetteville, she created Cumberland Community Foundation. In 1980, she donated stock valued at $576,840.
It was two years before we made our first grant awards. Between 1982 and 1984 we awarded grants totaling $297,315 supporting the projects of 36 nonprofit organizations.
Our mission comes from Dr. Hutaff's inspiration: Giving together to enhance the quality and spirit of community life. Today we are supported by thousands of people from all walks of life and varied charitable interests.
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Cumberland Community Foundation provides essential funding to programs that enhance quality of life in every corner of Cumberland County. We have an in-depth understanding of the community’s challenges and needs, and we know the groups and individuals addressing them. We are dedicated to improving life in this community for future generations.
For the year ending 12/31/2020
Grants and scholarships paid since 1980: $61 million
Gifts received since 1980: $129 million
Funds held: 557
Smallest gift: $2 money order for summer camps for kids
Largest gift: $10 million estate gift for scholarships
Most Common Gift: $100 memorial donation