We're happy to announce that we're now an official member of the Asheville Grown Business Alliance (AGBA), aligning with over 380 local businesses advocating for a healthy, collaborative local economy. We join other nonprofit partners including Asheville Humane Society, Mountain BizWorks, Eagle Market Streets Development Corporation, Asheville Music School and others.
"United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County is about local giving with local impact. With the help of thousands of volunteers, we work to build our community by investing in programs that focus on three areas: education, income and health. Last year, these programs improved the lives of more than 63,000 people right here in Buncombe County," said David Bailey, President/CEO. "It makes sense to join with other local businesses who share our vision to make our community—one of the best places to live on the planet—a better place to live for all of its residents."
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County: A long, LOCAL history
All nonprofit members of AGBA must be independently registered in Buncombe County and operate with a local board of directors and not be a chapter of nor have any administrative control by a headquarters outside our region. United Way's roots in this community are deep. Once known as "Community Chest of Asheville" we were the first such philanthropic organization in North Carolina. Community Chest’s initial campaign, held in 1921, lasted one week and raised more than $85,000 to benefit eight local agencies.
Since those early days, the scope of our work has evolved from being a pass-through fundraising organization to one committed to strategic collective impact. We bring together local partner agencies, nonprofits, area businesses, government, volunteers and experts to focus on key issues, and aim to make lasting change so that a quality education, financial stability and a healthy life is available to all.
Asheville Grown Business Alliance (AGBA)
AGBA also oversees the Go Local Card, which entitles cardholders to exclusive discounts and special offers from member businesses and organizations. The card is available at local businesses for $16, with $8 going to the Asheville City Schools Foundation. Since its inception, it has raised over $45,000 to enhance programming, purchase much needed teacher supplies, and to let students and families know that our community values equitable educational opportunities for everyone.