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About Dogwood Health Trust

Our Purpose

To dramatically improve the health and wellbeing of all people and communities of Western North Carolina.

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How We Work

Dogwood Health Trust exists to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities in the 18 counties and Qualla Boundary of Western North Carolina. Working with our community, grantees, partners, researchers and scholars, we collaborate to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all – no exceptions.

Where We Work

Dogwood Health Trust serves 18 counties and the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina.

Our Commitment

Dogwood Health Trust is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. These values inform our purpose, our strategies and our decisions.

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Our Values

Values define the core identity of Dogwood Health Trust.

  • Compassion with Courage. We will be bold in pursuing our commitment to the people and communities of Western North Carolina by taking smart risks and investing in opportunities for profound impact.

  • Sustainability with Integrity. We will bring transparency and humility in stewarding resources to support and strengthen Western North Carolina for generations to come.

  • Partnering with Purpose. We will foster collective impact by promoting collaboration and advancing shared learning.

Our Guiding Principles

Guiding principles define the behaviors that flow from Dogwood Health Trust’s values.

  • Keep People and Communities First. We honor the diversity of lived experiences across Western North Carolina by listening to understand before seeking to be understood.
     
  • Pursue Strategic and Systemic Change. We seek to catalyze transformative, multigenerational impact through data-informed and culturally competent decisions.
     
  • Be Accountable Stewards of Dogwood’s Resources. We assume responsibility for making decisions that marshal Dogwood’s resources for maximum positive impact.
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Dogwood Health Trust exists to dramatically improve the health and well-being of all people and communities in the 18 counties and Qualla Boundary of Western North Carolina. Working with our community, grantees, partners, researchers and scholars, we collaborate to create a Western North Carolina where every generation can live, learn, earn and thrive, with dignity and opportunity for all – no exceptions.

Dogwood is a reflection of our region – the grit, the resilience and the innovation of our collective history, upon which we build our hopes for the future. In our relationships and our work, we seek first to listen and to understand. We strive to operate with trust and openness, demonstrating transparency and candor throughout our processes and interactions.

We strive to embed equity in the way that we work and hold equity as the standard by which we measure our impact. And for us, equity exists when all people have unconstrained opportunities to live lives of dignity and achieve wellbeing, regardless of place, race, faith, health, wealth, age, identity, or ability.

We go beyond grantmaking. Dogwood leverages knowledge and expertise that can inform and strengthen our partners’ work in our strategic priorities. We learn from individuals with lived experience in order to identify and address the root causes of longstanding challenges – barriers that have held communities back or thwarted desired outcomes.

Dogwood is both responsive and catalytic. We invest in our partners and their ideas, and originate work where solutions do not yet exist. Our purpose and our responsibility dictate that we reach higher and strive for greater. We recognize this requires the courage to take smart risks, investing for profound positive change that improves lives for generations.

In addition to financial resources, we leverage community influence and voices to name what must be changed and illuminate where our region can fulfill its potential.

We aspire to do good with the resources entrusted to us. While there is much work to do, we are inspired and hopeful through our connection with our partners and communities as we advance our shared commitment toward a better region for all – no exceptions.