Commitment to Community

Media Kit


2017 Prize Recipients

$125,000 Total

Bunc. Co. Guardian ad Litem
Our Voice
Western Carolina Rescue Mission
United Way's Middle School Success Initiative


2016 Prize Recipients

$100,000 Total

Eliada Homes
Manna Food Bank
Buncombe County Schools Foundation
Sustain Charlotte
Colburn Earth Science Museum
Sleep Tight Kids
Tryon Historical Museum
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Polk County
Tryon Downtown Development Association
The Lanier Library


2015 Prize Recipients

Gold: $20,000

Pisgah Legal Services

Arc of Buncombe County

Urban Ministry Center (CLT)


Silver: $15,000

The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County

Open Doors of Asheville


Bronze: $10,000

Augustine Literacy Project

Go! Green Opportunities



$12,500 to:

The Council on Aging

$14,000 each:

Asheville Parks & Greenways, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity, Homeward Bound, All Souls Counseling Center, Catawba Riverkeeper and Child Abuse Prevention Services

2013 - $20,000 each:

Arts for Life
Asheville Design Center
Care Partners
Western NC Junior Golf Association

2012 - $20,000 each:

Assistance League of Charlotte
The Mountain Area Child & Family Center
WNC Alliance
Girls on the Run WNC & Charlotte (split prize)

2011 - $20,000 each:

Asheville Symphony
Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project
The Boys & Girls Club (Buncombe County)
Industries for the Blind

2010 - $18,000 each:

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy & Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (shared prize)
Manna Food Bank
Asheville City Schools Foundation

2009 - $14,000 each:

Mountain Housing Opportunities
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC
A-B Tech Foundation
Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce

2008 - $17,000 each:

Asheville Green Works
YMCA and YWCA – split prize
Literacy Council of Buncombe County
Junior Achievement

2007 - $14,000 each:

Pisgah Legal Services
The NC Arboretum
The NC Center for Health & Wellness at UNCA
On Track

2006 - $13,000 each:

Habitat for Humanity
Eliada Homes
Mountain Biz Works
Handmade in America

2005 - $11,000 each

The Health Adventure
Children First


Parsec Prize

2019 Application Deadline

Due Date - December 31, 2018

Announcing 2018 Recipients!

One of the fundamental values at Parsec Financial is giving back to the community. Parsec founded the Parsec Prize in 2005 and since that time, Parsec has given over $1.1 million in prizes to 70 local nonprofits serving Western North Carolina and Charlotte. The Parsec Prize represents approximately one-half of Parsec's annual charitable giving.


The 2018 Parsec Prize recipients are as follows:


  1. OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling - $25,000 this year
    (year 2 of our 4 year commitment to them)

  2. Helpmate - $20,000

  3. The Hope Chest For Women, Inc. - $10,000

  4. Rotarians Against Hunger - $15,000

  5. Read to Succeed - $10,000

  6. The Center for Creative Economy - $20,000

  7. Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry - $15,000

  8. Good Fellows - $20,000

  9. Brookstone Schools - $20,000


How to Apply

Parsec has long maintained a significant commitment to charitable giving throughout the region it serves. Parsec is, therefore, committed to supporting local non-profits by dedicating a portion of our revenues annually. We also encourage our employees to give back to the community by matching their donations.

Applicants may choose to highlight the general operations of their organization or a specific program. In either case, to apply for funding, Parsec asks that organizations prepare a 1-3 page letter containing the following information:

  • Name, address, phone number and website of organization
  • A brief history and description of the organization and its mission
  • Geographic area and target population served by the organization
  • A description of the needs/goals to be addressed by the organization/project and the means/
    methods of addressing these needs and reaching these goals
  • A description of how the money will be used
  • When the money is needed
  • Designated spokesperson for media questions about Parsec Prize
  • Name and contact information for the person submitting this application
  • To whom the Parsec Prize check should be sent

Organizations should also include the following as attachments:

  • Annual operating budget of the organization. Applications highlighting a specific project must also include a separate project budget
  • A copy of its IRS 501(c) (3) determination letter
  • A copy of its latest Annual Report or Audited Financial Statements, if available, and a list of current board members
  • Grants are made to non-profit organizations that are certified tax-exempt under section 501(c) (3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service codes.

Please send all applications to the following address:

Parsec Prize Program
Parsec Financial
P. O. Box 2324
Asheville, NC 28802



Though they may be commendable organizations, in order to keep our charitable giving more focused, the following are ineligible for application to the Parsec Prize:

  • Endowments
  • Fundraising activities, such as benefits, charitable dinners, galas or sporting events
  • Goodwill advertising, souvenir journals or dinner programs
  • Individual needs, including scholarships, sponsorships and other forms of financial aid and assistance
  • Political causes, candidates, organizations or campaigns
  • Religious organizations
  • Sports sponsorships
  • Travel for individuals or groups

If your organization or project is selected for the Parsec Prize, Parsec Financial requests the following:

  • Recipient to highlight Parsec Prize gift in at least one issue of its newsletter in the year the prize is received. The Parsec logo, Parsec’s URL and a supplied boilerplate paragraph will be included. Please let Parsec know the date by which these materials must be received. (Not applicable to organizations that do not have such a platform.)
  • Recipient to notify its members, clients, employees and other constituents of the award on organization website. The supplied Parsec boilerplate paragraph, Parsec Prize logo and Parsec website link will be used in this notice.
  • Parsec and the recipient will work together to organize a unique and timely media strategy. Parsec will issue a press release to its media list to announce the recipients chosen for the Parsec Prize. If the recipient has other media to include, Parsec will gladly extend the release’s distribution to those outlets.
  • Recipient agrees to have a spokesperson designated and accessible for media statements concerning the Parsec Prize.


Download the Application