We believe the ability to earn an income which can sufficiently support a family is at the foundation of sustaining a healthy life. We believe economic opportunity is our greatest weapon in the fight against poverty and to improve all social determinants of health. Dogwood Health Trust’s Economic Opportunity portfolio aims to equitably support every western North Carolinian in their efforts to earn a wage that will allow them to support themselves and their family, regardless of status, gender or ethnicity.
COVID-19 hit WNC’s tourism economy especially hard and shined a stark light on what our region already knew – that we must diversify. Using the philanthropic tools of impact investing and program-related investments, Dogwood Health Trust helps our region’s economic developers attract and grow local businesses to create a more dynamic economy with jobs that support families in their pursuit of healthy and fulfilling lives.
*Implemented in a manner consistent with our charitable purposes.
Our 2020 Investment – $11 million
The bulk of our jobs investments in 2020 were to support access to Payroll Protection Program and similar federal loan funds to help small businesses and nonprofits survive during COVID-19.
Mountain BizWorks seeks to build a vibrant and inclusive entrepreneurial culture throughout the 18 counties in Western North Carolina. They work hard to help small businesses start, grow and thrive with the motto of “when small businesses succeed, we all prosper.”