Donations at the Center for Diversity Education

Thank you for considering a donation to the UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education. Online donations, including automatic draft, may be made here.

Checks may be mailed to:

The UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education
One University Heights, CPO 1200
Asheville, NC 28804


What do donations fund?

Examples of program support include:

Me2We Social Justice Youth Leadership Program

The Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality (ASCORE) students were 15-18 when they worked for the desegregation of Asheville in 1960-65. Me2We is the youth leadership development project based on the ASCORE model. 85-95 students participate each year from a number of community cohorts including the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy, AVID with Asheville City Schools, MANOS Youth with Children First, The Jewish Community Center Camp Ruach, and the YMCA Leaders. The biggest expenses are the student leader stipends and food for 100+ people, which total about $5,000 each year.


The Center travels 12 exhibits that share the stories of our mountain home. The most recent exhibit, Health Care Parity: Bending the Arc for Equity in Buncombe County, was funded through the sponsorship of Buncombe County Government, Care Partners, and Mission Health. Each exhibit costs approximately $7,000-$10,000 to research, design and print.

UNC Asheville Student Interns 

Each year 5-7 students are stipended to work about five hours a week on specific projects including social media, genocide education, and Racial Justice trainings. The student stipend is about $1,200 a year, and is supported by grants and individual donations.

Every dollar donated to The Center for Diversity Education goes toward funding specific programming and resources:

$25.00 funds one month of Survey Monkey for program evaluation
$225.00 pays for one grade level of a school who cannot afford the Road Show cost
$300 covers the shipping costs of an exhibit from Kennesaw State University one way
$1,200 covers the cost of the online database Donor Perfect for one year
$1,800 funds one UNC Asheville intern for one semester
$2,300 covers a cookout for the Me2We Youth Leadership Conference for 120 people
$7,000 pays for the reformatting of an exhibit to a self-standing system

Where do the Center's funds come from?

The Center's office expenses, computers, and salary come from the generous support of the University of North Carolina Asheville. This in-kind contribution is valued at about $70,000. We also rely on the following:

Grants – Such as the Amy Mandel and the Katina Rhodis Fund, which sponsors the Center's Tzedek Fellow, the WNC Jewish Federation, which funds the Center's Holocaust Programming, and support of the Me2We Social Justice Youth Leadership Conference.

Fees – Such as the $2.25 per student fee for school-based shows, or the trainings for exhibit rentals at $300 a month.

Corporate Sponsorships – Such as Mission Hospital's support of the exhibit on health care parity for Buncombe County.

May I sponsor a special project?

On occasion, philanthropists have approached the Center with amazing opportunities that reflect the values of the donor and of CDE. If this is of interest to you, please give us a call at 828.232.5024.

What is the relationship between UNC Asheville and the Center?

From 1995-2014, the Center for Diversity Education operated as a not-for-profit on the campus of UNC Asheville with a Memorandum of Understanding with shared responsibilities. In July 2014, the entitites fully merged to become the UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education. The university provides funding for the Executive Director position, along with space, technology services, and some resources for programming and professional development for faculty and staff. In addition, the Center raises $90,000 a year for K-12 and community programming through donations, grants, sponsorships, and fees. These funds are essential to fulfilling the mission of celebrating and teaching diversity in order to foster conversation and respect among cultures.