LEAF Endowment Fund Purpose
The purpose of the LEAF Endowment Fund is to support LEAF Community Arts, with a preference for LEAF Schools & Streets and LEAF International cultural arts programs. The priorities of these programs include: positive youth development, partnering to build stronger local communities, helping preserve global traditions, and connecting cultures.
Interested the LEAF Love Endowment Fund? Contact LEAF Membership + Strategic Engagement Director, Jordan Robbins Engagement@theLEAF.org or call 828-68-MUSIC.
LEAF Love Funders
David & Heather Abernathy
Derek & Elizabeth Allen
Patricia Anderson & Pamela Reid In Honor of George Pickering
Anonymous – In memory of our dear friend, Harlan Richardson
Carol & Mark Antman
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria
Barbara Benisch & Jacque Allen
Ivi Bilich and Jennifer Twiggs
Faith Butterfield In Memory of Nicholas B. Pickell
Don & Alexandra Clayton
John Crossland III
Daly & Sawyer Construction
Mr. & Mrs. Charles Daniel
Bob & Carol Deutsch
James H. Diaz Jr.
Christine DiBenedetto In Honor of Hennie & Xavier Callaway
Doug & Jennifer English
Kate and James Fisher
Tommy & Debbie George – In Memory of Mitzi George
Strivven Media LLC – Ilya & Kim Gorelik
Robin Gradison In Memory of Ben Gradison
Charles F. Gwinn
John Michael Hale Memorial Fund
Lucy Hazebrook & David Hill In memory of Janie Pickering & Helen Schneller
Sid & Emily Heilbraun
Doc & Fran Hensley
Adrienne & Lin Holcomb
Betsy & David Hooper
Patrick “Pat” Ilderton
Benjamin Jaffee & Jeanette Koehn
Ann & Horace Jennings, in Honor of Betty Smith Jennings & Alice Sanders
Jill & Bill Jones In Memory of Everette ErwinButler Jr.
Amy & Nader Kawar of Enter the Earth
Blaise & Cathy Kieler
Suzy Lawrence In Honor of Galen Starnes & Pete Spinnet
Dan Lucas Memorial Fund: Greg Lucas
Brad & Sarah Martin
Cameron & Courtney Maybin
Jeff & Ashley Miller
George & Linda Milsaps
Holt & Jen Moore
Kale & Lindsay Nevin in Honor of John Pommeroy
Doug & Darcy Orr – In Memory of Janie Pickering
Chase & Clary Pickering
The Pickering Family
Dosty Quarrier & Alex Quarrier
Cherry & Paul Saenger
Sarver Realty Group, LLC
Deborah Bryant in Honor of Eddie Smith
Joanne & Martin Swenson
The Marks-Nellie-Tidwell Family
Robert Todd & Wren London In Honor of Wilbur Lee Todd
Karen & Larry Vickers
Elly Wells Inc.
Jody Whitehurst and Anita DiNovo
Curtis & Nan Williams
Ford & Emily Willis
Mike & Lisa Zinsmeister
We’ve Reached Our $1,000,000 Goal!
- Pledges Received Towards Goal 100% 100%
- Donations Received Towards $1 Million Goal as of Spring 2019 75% 75%
What is the LEAF Endowment Fund?
The LEAF Love Endowment Fund will act as a sustainable pillar of support for the communities we serve. LEAF provides cultural arts education to communities both locally and globally. LEAF weaves these communities together to foster a sense of global citizenship, generate positive youth development, and preserve cultural identity. The Endowment Fund will give LEAF the ability to move beyond short-term partnerships, and commit long-term resources to programs serving the most fragile communities here in Buncombe County and across the globe. Through the Endowment’s support, our partners will know that LEAF is committed to supporting partnerships at or above expected levels.
Note: The video was done by the board leading the way during the LEAF Love Campaign. Grateful!
What Does LEAF Mean to You?
I believe in the power of African-American youth in Asheville and that through music and arts they have voice to change their lives. LEAF offers youth the opportunity to find this voice within themselves, and because of that I support the work they’re doing in our community.
LEAF serves in our local neighborhoods as well as with our global partners. The LEAF Endowment Fund gives me great hope because we will be able to say to organizations like The Delta House, residents of Southside & Burton Street neighborhoods, members of The Bribri First Nation, and many other partners that LEAF is committed to working with you to preserve cultures and empower communities through cultural arts for decades to come.
It is easy to trust people when you see their eyes at the end of a journey, when there is no need to pretend anything. I saw beautiful souls, I saw young pals getting a voice of their own and growing. Thanks to LEAF for moving our World and making a place with no frontiers where our Ngabe and Bribri artists (young & old) can be whoever they want and look at an open horizon in the future, and a power heritage in their past.
For me, LEAF’s programs hold a special place in my heart. I also work with reforestation, as you might imagine me being in the Amazon. There’s a lot of speak in current discourse of the rampant loss of biodiversity in our world. And it’s true. But what is too often overlooked is the rapid loss of cultural diversity in our world, which is in fact being lost at a far faster rate than its bio counterpart. Little focus has been given to the dire need of cultural preservation work in global discourse and funding circles, despite recent reports by the UN of the important role culture plays in not only sustainable development, but in the role of proper management of environmental resources as well (breakdown in culture results in the breakdown of social structures that maintain systems of environmental and social stewardship, simply put). Cultural preservation is the key missing link to communities keeping the circle together for them to take ownership over the multitude of other pressing issues they face, and ultimately, that our world faces.