Mountain Endowment Fund

181The purpose of The Mountain Endowment Fund is to support the long-term stability of The Mountain, as well as enhancement of the Mountain’s mission, programs and activities.

The Mountain’s Mission:

The Mountain enriches lives,

fosters an appreciation of the natural world,

honors the interconnectedness of all things, and

inspires people to build inclusive, meaningful, sustainable communities throughout their lives.

We encourage you to be part of making a difference by supporting the mission of The Mountain—making a difference in many lives for generations to come.

French Marshal Lyautey once asked his gardener to plant a tree. The gardener objected that the tree was slow growing and would not reach maturity for a hundred years. The Marshal replied, “In that case, there is no time to lose, plant it this afternoon.”

What is The Mountain Endowment Fund? 

  • Contributions to our Endowment Fund ensure the sustainability and viability of the ongoing work of The Mountain. Support to The Mountain Endowment means renewing the well-being of The Mountain for many years and generations to come.
  • We have a unique opportunity as The Mountain Endowment Program has been included in the Unitarian Universalist initiative, Wake Now Our Vision. IF it’s been on your mind to give to the Endowment Fund… NOW is the time. There is a 10% Match for your funds given, with the match paid in 2020.  
  • Established in 1996 as a charitable organization, the endowment is both a 501(c)(3) organization and a 509 (a)(3) supporting organization.                                                                     
  • The endowment program operates independently of The Mountain’s governance, while collaborating with Mountain Staff and Board in the work of our common goals.
  • Your financial support is invested for growth, providing a perpetual source of income. The Mountain Endowment Fund is invested in the Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF), which is a member of the Principles of Responsible Investing (PRI) organization.
  • The Endowment Fund has grown to $133,000 (June 2017)

How Are Endowment Distributions Determined?

The Endowment Program focus is on growing the endowment for long-term Mountain stability.

Reflecting the Endowment goals, as well as IRS requirements, the Endowment Program makes an annual distribution in support of a project for The Mountain.  This project is decided upon through collaboration among the Mountain Staff, Mountain Board and The Endowment Board.                                                                                            

Rachel in Guest Services contributed to the purchase of dinnerware. The Endowment Program supplemented Rachel’s donation to enhance the dining experience of our guests.

Rachel in Guest Services contributed to the purchase of dinnerware.
The Endowment Program supplemented Rachel’s donation to enhance the dining experience of our guests.

What Does The Mountain Endowment Support?

Keeping with the goal of supporting The Mountain mission, programs and activities, as well as stability, our recent annual projects are related to enhancing guest comfort and overall experience at The Mountain.

While our current annual contribution to The Mountain is small, we are honored to have helped with the following purchases to enhance The Mountain experience.

Mattresses for a good night's rest

Mattresses for a good night’s rest

Comfortable chairs for meeting spaces

Comfortable chairs for meeting spaces


The Tower

Tower at The Mountain

Current Project

Based on the 2016 Endowment balance, the annual contribution is $2777 (IRS formula for minimum distribution).  We are working with Mountain staff to support a renewable energy project supporting Mountain values, as well as the Strategic Plan.  

June Cravens Sholin Tower Society

By directing an outright gift or a planned bequest to The Mountain Endowment Fund, the donor will be recognized as a member of the June Cravens Sholin Tower Society.

It was June’s quiet but firm voice that regularly reminded all that an Endowment Fund was needed, and her generosity made the Fund a reality.

The tower symbolizes The Mountain, and the June Cravens Sholin Tower Society symbolizes the ongoing potential of The Mountain.

Getting Involved

  • Include The Mountain in your estate planning.
  • Make a gift of cash, stocks, mutual funds, securities, or real estate.
  • As a charitable donation, gifts to The Mountain Endowment Fund may reduce tax obligations.
  • Encourage others who love The Mountain to consider a donation or bequest to the Endowment Fund.
  • Donate to The Mountain Endowment Fund via the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Umbrella Giving Program.

Contact Us

  • Email: Select Endowment Board from the dropdown list on the Contact Us page
  • Mail: The Mountain Endowment Fund, Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741-1299