Legacy of Community Outreach

Throughout their lives, George and Edith Vanderbilt made significant contributions to the people who worked at Biltmore and lived in the community. Today, we are honored to continue that tradition of community involvement and support to the people of Asheville and Western North Carolina.


“Personally, I can say that Mr. and Mrs. Vanderbilt prefer to do the right thing at the right time without beating a drum about it.”—Dr. Carl Schenck, 1909

Report to Our Community

Our Community Impact Report, produced every three years, highlights our preservation focus, environmental stewardship, and philanthropic efforts. Every three years, Biltmore selects areas of philanthropic focus and those efforts are centered on organizations within the counties of Western North Carolina.

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Philanthropic Focus

Philanthropy Guidelines

We appreciate the work local non-profit organizations do for Western North Carolina.

In keeping with Biltmore’s corporate vision, we support select organizations within our community that align with our mission and selected areas of philanthropic focus. Identified categories for support include:

• People in Need
• Food & Farming
• Preservation of Natural and Cultural Resources

Please Note:

We take a proactive approach to investing in our community, and as such, do not accept unsolicited donation requests for financial or in-kind gifts.

Biltmore’s available funds have been allocated for the coming year to support organizations within our focus areas of giving. We are proud to partner with The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC). Find out if your organization may qualify for funding through CFWNC’s Grant Programs or through other funders in Western North Carolina.