Dogwood Health Trust is a private foundation based in Asheville, North Carolina with the sole purpose of dramatically improving the health and well-being of all people and communities of 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina. Dogwood Health Trust focuses on innovative and equitable ways to address the many factors that contribute to overall health and wellness, with a focus on housing, education, economic opportunity and access to care and health resources. Dogwood Health Trust works to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all, no exceptions.
The Trust invests in Western North Carolina organizations that address factors impacting a person’s health and wellbeing, often referred to as the social determinants of health. As a partner and collaborator across the 18-county region, Dogwood engages primarily in grantmaking as well as convening nonprofits and collaborating with local, state and national experts who are also working to improve overall health and wellbeing across communities.
Dogwood Health Trust partners with other organizations, government entities, nonprofits and other funders to address factors that impact people’s health and wellbeing across a wide range of areas including economic stability, education, housing and health and wellness. This work has the potential to exponentially improve outcomes fostering sustainable solutions for generations to come.For example, among Dogwood’s first investments will be $25 million over five years to help fund programs and services addressing substance use disorders for residents of Western North Carolina in partnership and collaboration with the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
The Trust serves ALL of the people in communities across the 18 counties of Western North Carolina and the Qualla Boundary, including Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania and Yancey.