Festiva Group Charitable Fund

Festiva Group, Inc. has made a commitment to not only give back, but to create a lasting change in the communities where Festiva employees live and work by donating funds to local organizations that directly supply various help for all individuals.

Festiva began a flexible endowment fund in 2006 with the intent of providing permanent charitable resources for all the communities where Festiva is located. The primary focus of the Fund is to promote education for our youth and eliminate poverty in our communities. The charitable fund has also been used to respond to extraordinary global events.

The Festiva Charitable Fund is managed by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and expanding philanthropy. For more information on Festiva Group, Inc., the Charitable Fund or The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, visit Festiva's homepage or the CFWNC site.

Over the years, Festiva employees have held several events that have benefited the Charitable Fund. Some of these events include FCF Golf Tournaments held in 2007, 2010 and 2012, an annual Holiday Auction held at Festiva's headquarters for eight years running, donations given regularly from employee's paychecks and donations taken at resorts' front desks for disaster relief. In 2010 alone, Festiva and its employees contributed approximately $57,000 to the Charitable Fund.

>If you are interested in planning an event to raise money for the Charitable Fund or if you would like to make a contribution, please contact Kristen Shiring at kshiring@festiva.travel.

In the first quarter of each year, a committee chooses three organizations from Festiva's locations to benefit from the fund's previous year's donations. These are chosen from a list compiled throughout the year made up of suggestions from employees and members. Our primary criteria when selecting these organizations is that they be in the fields of education or health and human services and that they should benefit an area where our resorts are located or where our employees live and work.

Over the years, the Festiva Charitable Fund has contributed to the following organizations and more:

Trust for Public Land, a “national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places,” as stated on their website, .

Helpmate, an Asheville, NC organization that has dedicated 30 years to being the primary provider of crisis services to victims of domestic abuse and their children.  Helpmate provides safety, shelter, counseling, advocacy and education to assist victims of domestic violence and help prevent it in the community.

Bus-Pass-It-On in Asheville, NC, a grassroots initiative formed to address a currently neglected need of the homeless population in Buncombe County: transportation. The initiative’s mission is to reduce and prevent homelessness in Buncombe County by meeting the transportation needs of residents on the verge of or currently experiencing homelessness.

American Red Cross-Asheville-Mountain Area for Haiti Relief. A company-wide effort over several months gathered donations from employees and resort guests to send relief to Haiti in the wake of the January 2010 earthquake.

Arts for Life in Asheville, NC, is dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patients’ lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families.

The Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk, NC, which has been in existence since 1914 and provides love and healing to more than 600 children and youth annually who have experienced deep hurt and trauma from neglect or abuse that often results in emotional and/or behavioral issues.

The Boys and Girls Club of Coastal Carolina in Atlantic Beach, N.C.  This organization was special to us not only because it offers many valuable programs to local children, but also because an employee and an owner at Peppertree Atlantic Beach both work closely with the organization.

Camp Kemo in the Myrtle Beach area where Festiva has the highest concentration of properties. This annual weeklong summer camp for children ages 5 – 18 is funded solely by donations, and is free for children with cancer and one of their siblings or friends.

Ronald McDonald House in Charleston, SC, a 25-bedroom home where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, distributes more than 22 million meals through a network of 240 non-profit member agencies and provides emergency food assistance to more than 263,000 people, including nearly 82,000 children and 40,000 seniors.

The Kids' Ranch in Wisconsin Dells, WI, an early intervention and prevention program which connects youth, ages 6-10, with community members to build self esteem and self-respect through educational and recreational programs with a focus on literacy.

Preble Street in Portland, ME, whose mission is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust in Rangeley, ME dedicated to preserving natural areas, scenic beauty, critical wildlife habitat and the cultural heritage that makes this place so special. The Trust aims to protect all of these features of the area from the mountains, lakes, rivers and forests to the moose, eagles, wild trout and salmon as well as the rich historic traditions of logging and fishing.