A Catalyst for Innovation
and Collaboration

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Nantahala Health Foundation is a catalyst for innovation and collaboration addressing the social drivers of health in Western North Carolina.

Our Mission: Improving health and well-being for those living in westernmost North Carolina.

How Will We Achieve This Goal? Read our 2022 Strategic Plan

Our Vision: Empowering partnerships for vibrant communities and healthy people.

Our Belief: We believe community organizations are the best way to break down barriers and improve the health and wellness of our citizens.

Our Values: We look to our values to help us prioritize our work.

Community     Health        Equity

Innovation      Collaboration      Traditions

Our Regional Impact


Regional Projects Funded

$3.5 Million

Direct Regional Investment

$15.6 Million

Mobilized In Support of Health

Help Us Celebrate

In recognition of our fifth anniversary, which we reached in February 2024, we invite everyone who cares about better health and well-being for our most vulnerable residents, especially young people, to show us by making a *$5 (or more) monthly recurring investment in our work.

With your support, our region’s most valuable resource — our young people — will have what they need to build a foundation for a better life.

*Recurring donations can be suspended or canceled at any time by emailing [email protected].

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Learn About Social Determinants of Health

Read About Our Partnerships

People. Place. Purpose.

Western North Carolina deserves exceptional leaders. We believe that designing and implementing a leadership development program specific to the needs of Western North Carolina is needed now more than ever.

Our Now + Next program is geared toward nonprofits and public service providers. It aims to intentionally engage the next generation of leaders from multiple underrepresented groups.

Graduates of this program will be better positioned to support those in need and to secure resources meant to create meaningful impact.

The program’s success will ultimately be measured by improvements in regional health outcomes through health, education, economic security, and especially organizational capacity building.

Support Better Health in Western North Carolina

Donate today to support better health for vulnerable young people.