Individual Gifts

Every gift helps transform a life.

The Literacy Council budget relies on support from a variety of funders: the N.C. Community College System, foundations, individuals, corporations, faith-based organizations, and special event revenue. In fiscal year 2012/13, individuals contributed over $40,000 in cash to support our programs.

  • A gift of $25 provides learning materials for one student.
  • A gift of $100 provides training to a tutor.
  • A gift of $250 enrolls one low-income child in the Augustine Project.
  • A gift of $675 supports one student and one tutor for an entire year.

Please contact our Development Director to discuss your gift.  If you prefer, you can make your donation securely online. Simply click on the Donate Online button at the top of this page.

The Leader’s Circle

We especially want to recognize those dedicated donors who make significant, long term commitments to supporting reading, writing, spelling, and English language instruction in Buncombe County.

Learning to read and speak English is hard work and takes time.   Many of our students stay with us for several years – sometimes as many as eight years.   Your pledge can ensure a student’s long term education journey by supporting the Literacy Council’s annual operating costs.

Become a member of The Leader’s Circle by pledging a minimum of $675 per year for three years.   Each spring you will enjoy a special gathering of the Leader’s Circle members.

The Walter and Nancy McConnell Scholarship Fund

Help a student or tutor by supporting the Walter and Nancy McConnell Scholarship Fund.   This fund covers the cost of training materials – $5-$25 for a student’s workbook and $25 for a tutor’s instructional materials – if a Literacy Council student or volunteer cannot make this contribution.

In some cases, our students and tutors are unemployed, retired, or simply unable to make this one-time financial commitment to the cost of their materials. These students and tutors can ask for a full or partial scholarship with no questions asked. We never to turn anyone away because of their inability to contribute toward the cost of learning/teaching materials.

In the spring of 2011, longtime donors Walter and Nancy McConnell matched any gift to the Literacy Council’s scholarship fund made between May 25 and June 30.  The Literacy Council experienced an outpouring of support from individual donors, tutors, and students, raising a total of $3,285, which was matched one-to-one.  This funding will not only meet student and tutor scholarship needs, but it will also purchase supplemental learning materials. Our sincerest thanks go to the McConnells and everyone who participated in this unique opportunity to support Literacy Council tutors and students.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

The Literacy Council encourages you to consider making a gift to memorialize or honor a loved one or to honor someone’s life and achievements.  Your donation in the name of a relative, friend, or co-worker may be the perfect gift to celebrate a birthday, holiday, anniversary, or special event of those who are blessed with abundance.

We will send a letter to the honored individual or family of the deceased and describe how this special gift will be used by the Literacy Council.


Please direct inquiries and charitable contributions to:

Brantlee Eisenman, Development Director.
828-254-3442, Ext. 206


Ashley V. Lasher, Executive Director
828-254-3442 x205

Literacy Council of Buncombe County

31 College Place , B-221
Asheville , NC   28801

Financial information about the Literacy Council of Buncombe County and a copy of its license are available from the State Solicitation Licensing Branch at (888) 830-4989. The Literacy Council of Buncombe County's North Carolina Solicitation License Number is: SL002378. This license is not an endorsement by the state.


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…whether your gift is as individual, corporate partner, or grant, you help transform hundreds of lives every year.