Vision, Mission & Values

Our board and staff members use the following principles to guide our decisions and work. 

VISION A strong, caring community where residents are educated, financially stable and healthy.

MISSION Unite People. Improve Lives. Strengthen Community.

FOCUS Reducing the impact of poverty on students, their families and communities.

VALUES Collective Action, Community Focus, Compassion, Innovation, Integrity, Responsiveness and Results

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In 2018 we began what will be a life-long commitment to improve both our understanding and practice of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in our work and community. As a part of this process, we crafted the following vision statement as a public-facing promise to our community.

We recognize that our vision statement represents a lifelong commitment. As a first step to fulfill the tenets of this statement, United Way staff and board members have identified actionable goals and tasks and have included them in our 3-year strategic and annual work plans. Additionally, as our staff and board changes and grows, everyone will be invited to sign this document as a promise to fully engage in this work. We invite you to read more about this work and join us.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Vision Statement | adopted February 2019

We believe in the inherent worth and dignity of all people. Because of this, the staff and board of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County commit to:

  • recognize the many ways inequity, particularly racial inequity, takes form both historically and today;
  • name the structures that uphold injustice and work to eliminate these barriers to inclusion and equity from our own work and in our community;
  • build the relationships needed to do this work and, with humility, join community efforts and invite others to join us; and 
  • actively honor, engage and embrace diversity with the core belief that it will strengthen our systems, partnerships and community.


Signed by the staff and board of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

picture of the signed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statementColumn One David Bailey, Bruce Waller, Ray Griffiths, Laura Elliot, Lance Edwards, Sarah Lee Roth, Josh Wells, Kristina Dionne, Ben Moser, Sandra Higgins, Elisabeth Bocklet, Kyle Garrett, Karen Billings, Ginny Spencer, Dionne R. Greenlee-Jones, Samantha Morgan, Kimberly Hughes, Ken Venables, Michelle Bennett, Linnea Burgevin, Marla Browne, Olivia Andrick, Elizabeth Kelly, Zack Goldman, Lisa Ross, Karen Vernon, Deborah Calhoun, Erika Goffin, Nona Workman, Beth Benzing, Kevin Montgomery, Tiffany Narron

Column Two Jennie Eblen, Pablo Averza, LaVie Montgomery, Shelia Christofalos, Michael Cortes, Ashley Smith, Debra Campbell, Taylor Foss, Jason Walls, Emma Olsen, Paul McDowell, Susanne Swanger, Kit Cramer, Chip Craig, Amy Barry, Jamye Davis, Kevin McDonald, Chris Hoffman, George Groome, Himanshu Karvir, Suzanne DeFerie, Leon Elliston, Amy Bibby, Andy Gmitter, Cheryl Atkins, Heather Whitaker Goldstein, Laurel Jernigan, Lakesha McDay, Dr. Darrin Waters

Column Three Julie Smith, Catherine Frederick, Dewey Smith, Kiesha Lewis, Rocio Robles, K'Leigh Rathbone, Toni Goethals, Brandi Sitton, Ron Katz, Michael Keating, Amanda Bauman, Gary Lodato, Rasheeda McDaniels, Dan Leroy, JoAnn Yoder, Ann Ray, John Sutton, Joceline Rosas, Becky Baylor, Allison Hartsoe, Jessica Morgan, Robert McArthur, Nathan Martin, Sherab Chodron, Lucien Rosenbloom, Marc Mazza, Emily Quinlin, Sara Morrison