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Partner Profiles

Stories about the amazing work our partners are doing in our communities.

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PARTNER PROFILE

Eagle Market Streets Community Development Corporation

By providing access to capital, technical assistance and the support of a cohort, the Community Equity Fund is expected to serve up to 30 businesses and support approximately 150 jobs to help BIPOC business owners and workers begin to build assets and create wealth.

PARTNER PROFILE

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Dogwood is working with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) to provide gap funding for programs to meet unexpected demand, enable capacity building and add an additional housing counselor to support low to moderate-income households within the tribe as well as surrounding counties. 

PARTNER PROFILE

Eblen

Located in Asheville and serving the counties of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Transylvania and Madison, Eblen Charities assists families and individuals in the community during times of crisis and hardship in the areas of medical, financial and emergency need. The organization serves about 12,000 clients per year. A trusted partner, Eblen has been working with government agencies to serve the community for over 30 years.

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El Centro

 El Centro is home to many programs, including the Latino Advocacy Coalition (LAC). For the past 14 years, LAC has provided support for the Latinx community throughout WNC, including English and Spanish classes, after-school tutoring, GED classes, family mutual support programs, civic education, free and low-cost counseling and cognitive, trauma and grief therapy and cooperative programs with state and local officials.

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Eagle Market Streets Community Development Corporation

Dogwood provided initial funding for the Community Equity Fund at Eagle Market Streets Community Development Corporation to help increase access to flexible capital for entrepreneurs of color. By providing access to capital, technical assistance and the support of a cohort, the Community Equity Fund is expected to serve up to 30 businesses and support approximately 150 jobs to help BIPOC business owners and workers begin to build assets and create wealth. For each family that has one member that owns a business, the wealth gap decreases from 12% to 3%.

Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Dogwood is working with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (ECBI) to provide gap funding for programs to meet unexpected demand, enable capacity building and add an additional housing counselor to support low to moderate-income households within the tribe as well as surrounding counties. Programs help foster parents renovate their homes, as well as support rate buydowns, down payment assistance and portfolio loans for on-boundary applicants who cannot obtain traditional financing.

El Centro

Located in Henderson County, El Centro is home to many programs, including the Latino Advocacy Coalition (LAC). For the past 14 years, LAC has provided support for the Latinx community throughout WNC, including English and Spanish classes, after-school tutoring, GED classes, family mutual support programs, civic education, free and low-cost counseling and cognitive, trauma and grief therapy and cooperative programs with state and local officials. This small-but-mighty organization was ready to take the next step toward stability and growth, and Dogwood’s capacity-building support will help LAC’s staff of three add a new administrative and fundraising professional. This new team member is creating a broad fundraising campaign for LAC and supporting the growth of new programs and partnerships.