A legacy of compassionate generosity

We exist to nurture Deerfield’s spirit of generosity, enriching the lives of residents and sharing our resources with people across Western North Carolina.

The Deerfield Charitable Foundation was founded in 2019 and exists to support the charitable activities of Deerfield. Plans to create a foundation were prioritized after Deerfield received several unexpected and large estate gifts. This new organization will continue to grow the funds that support residents in need, the employee scholarship program, excellence in healthcare, and other causes that our community finds compelling. The Foundation will also continue Deerfield’s outreach efforts in Western North Carolina by supporting projects initiated by other non-profit organizations – particularly those that provide for the needs of older adults.

“Since I was a child, I’ve dreamed of becoming a nurse, and the Danny Boone Scholarship Fund is making my lifelong career goal an exciting reality. Thank you!”


Foundation Funds & Projects

The Residents Assistance Fund

Since its founding in 1955, Deerfield’s leadership has made a lifelong commitment to its residents. Once they become a member of this community, they can continue to live in their homes with dignity, respect, love, and care, even if the unexpected happens or they outlive their resources. The Residents Assistance Fund provides aid to help those who need financial assistance. Every aspect of this process is strictly confidential. Giving to this fund is a compassionate and practical way to care for neighbors and friends.

Danny Boone Scholarship Fund

The Danny Boone Scholarship Fund is designed to aid deserving Deerfield employees who are pursuing higher education or specific learning opportunities related to their work here. The fund, named in memory of a beloved Deerfield administrator, grants scholarship and has helped numerous staff members advance in their careers. In 2018 approximately $73,000 was raised for this fund, mostly from residents. These grants make real differences in the lives of employees and their families.

Health Care Fund

The Healthcare Fund was created to provide next level staff training, innovative technologies, and the highest quality healthcare equipment. Partnering with passionate donors, we work to improve the lives of residents and the working environment for employees. This fund has enabled us to provide services, such as a quarterly dental clinic in Skilled Care. It’s offered opportunities for in-service trainings, improving communication between healthcare staff and with residents and their families during difficult times of transition. And the fund has provided equipment that allows us to go beyond the expected care – to provide more specialized services to residents. When you give to the Healthcare Fund you are giving to improve Deerfield’s margin of excellence.

Deerfield Cares

The Deerfield Cares project offers an opportunity for residents and board members to work together, making meaningful differences for local nonprofits. Each year a different organization is highlighted, offering in depth information about how the charity serves people in our region and how residents might work with the Foundation to raise funds and awareness.

“In celebration of our 80th birthdays, we each decided to participate in the charitable gift annuity program to continue supporting Deerfield beyond our lifetimes! This gave us the opportunity to express our gratitude for the life we enjoy here at Deerfield.”

Bob & Gail

The Legacy Society

The Legacy Society recognizes generous, forward-thinking donors who have included Deerfield in their estate plans. Planned gifts have been—and will continue to be—essential to our longevity and stability. Deerfield was the vision of Bishop Henry, and thanks to Charles and Marjorie Timsons’ gift of 30 acres, his dream became a reality. This legacy of vision and generosity is the foundation on which we’ve built a community of purposeful living and compassionate care. Deerfield’s enduring culture of philanthropy has enabled us to grow and support vital funding and community outreach that goes directly to the heart of our mission.

Deerfield’s Legacy Society consists of over 100 residents and friends who have let it be known that Deerfield is included in their estate plans. Each year, Deerfield says “Thank you” to these devoted members by hosting a special dinner in their honor.

Becoming a member of The Legacy Society

As a Legacy Society member, your generosity will support the many funds and community outreach efforts that enrich the lives of residents, staff, and the people of Western North Carolina.

If you are interested in learning how a planned gift can help establish your legacy at Deerfield, please contact the Office of Philanthropy at 828-210-4506 or email. Membership is open to all residents and friends of Deerfield.

The gift of a lifetime

Legacy gifts are surprisingly easy to make, with the dual benefit of helping you meet your personal financial goals. The Office of Philanthropy at Deerfield can discuss planned giving options and review the benefits with  you, including

Beneficiary Designation: Name Deerfield Charitable Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement plan, life insurance policy, financial account, IRA, or annuity.

Charitable Gift Annuity: Make a gift to Deerfield while earning income for yourself or others. 

Estate Gift: Name Deerfield Charitable Foundation as a beneficiary in your trust or will.

Life Insurance Gift: Gift unused life insurance policies and take an immediate tax deduction.

The information above is not intended as legal or tax advice. Please consult an attorney or tax advisor for estate planning assistance.

Questions: Contact Michelle Wooley at 828-210-4506 or email

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