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Dogwood Health Trust


The Board and Staff of Dogwood Health Trust invite you to attend the 2022 Annual Community Meeting on Thursday, October 6, 2022, from 1:30 – 3:00 pm at Blue Ridge Community College and online.

Meeting Agenda

Find out more about the meeting by reviewing the Meeting Agenda. If you have questions for Dogwood, please submit them in advance of the meeting. We look forward to seeing you on October 6th!


All members of the community are welcome to attend. Though we have reached capacity for in-person attendance, anyone who would like to join us may attend virtually. Please register here to participate live, and a meeting recording will be posted afterwards.


Thomas Auditorium, Blue Ridge Community College
180 W Campus Dr, Flat Rock, NC 28731

Take Eagle’s Reach St. for Thomas Auditorium parking (Parking Lot F)

Meeting Speakers

We are pleased to announce that David Dodson, senior fellow and former president of MDC and an expert in philanthropy, will provide the keynote address followed by a moderated discussion with Dogwood’s Impact Leadership Team. Also during this meeting, we will share an update on our regional investments over the past year, provide a look at where we’re headed and answer your questions.  

David Dodson, Senior Fellow and Former President, MDC

David is MDC’s past president and co-creator with Joan Lipsitz of MDC’s Passing Gear Philanthropy practice, which focuses philanthropic investments on the upstream causes of social disparities. He was a founder of MDC’s Passing Gear Philanthropy Institute, where he will continue working with Southern philanthropic partners.

3 white dogwood flowers on a leafy branch
3 white dogwood flowers on a leafy branch

If you have a question that you would like to submit to Dogwood Health Trust in advance of the Annual Community Meeting, please fill out the form below.

David Dodson

Senior Fellow and Former President, MDC

David joined MDC in 1987, became president in 1999 upon the passing of founding President George Autry, and retired in 2020. He led place-based work across the South to address stalled economic mobility and build leadership to tackle unmet challenges on issues including rural development, community college reform and postsecondary attainment, and he co-wrote MDC’s State of the South reports.

Prior to joining MDC, David served as executive director of the Cummins Engine Foundation and director of corporate responsibility for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, ID, a corporate innovator in creating workplace democracy and corporate responsibility under its legendary CEO Irwin Miller who showed how institutions can harness economic and institutional power to tackle barriers to shared wellbeing.

He is a member of the boards of the Public Welfare Foundation and the Center for Law and Social Policy, a eucharistic minister at his local Episcopal Church and has been singing since childhood, currently with the Choral Society of Durham, its chamber choir and The OK Chorale, an elite Durham a capella group that sings once a year at his neighborhood’s Fourth of July celebration.

David is a graduate of Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Architecture and Urban Policy and master’s degrees in Divinity and in Public-Private Management.