Parsec Prize

Past Parsec Prize Winners

Since 2005 Parsec has given more than $1.5 million through 84 prizes to local non-profits. The Parsec Prize represents approximately one-half of our annual charitable giving. Each year, as we review Parsec Prize candidates, we are reminded in powerful ways of the invaluable work by our area nonprofit organizations. Their work is honorable and they service critical missions. Many of these entities are quiet champions, advocating for people in difficult circumstances. We are honored to know them and contribute to their success.

Select A Year Below To View Past Recipients:

2019: $180,000
• OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling: $25,000 (year 3 of 4-year grant)
• Susan G. Komen Charlotte: $25,000
• Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity: $20,000
• Food Connection: $20,000
• Working Wheels: $20,000
• Asheville Art Museum: $20,000
• Senior Services: $20,000
• Arts Council of Moore County: $15,000
• Conserving Carolina: $15,000
2018: $155,000

• OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling: $25,000 (year 2 of 4-year grant)
• Helpmate: $20,000
• The Hope Chest For Women, Inc.: $10,000
• Rotarians Against Hunger: $15,000
• Read to Succeed: $10,000
• The Center for Creative Economy: $20,000
• Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry: $15,000
• Good Fellows: $20,000
• Brookstone Schools: $20,000

2017: $125,000

• OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling: $25,000 (year 1 of 4-year grant)
• Buncombe County Guardian ad Litem
• Our Voice
• Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
• United Way’s Middle School Success Initiative

2016: $100,000
• 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: $110,000
• Pisgah Legal Services: $20,000
• Arc of Buncombe County: $20,000
• Urban Ministry Center of Charlotte: $20,000
• The Cindy Platt Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania County: $15,000
• Open Doors of Asheville: $15,000
• Augustine Literacy Project: $10,000
• Go! Green Opportunities: $10,000

2014: $96,500
• Asheville Parks & Greenways: $14,000
• Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity: $14,000
• Homeward Bound: $14,000
• All Souls Counseling Center: $14,000
• Catawba Riverkeeper: $14,000
• Child Abuse Prevention Services: $14,000
• The Council on Aging: $12,500

2013: $80,000
• Arts for Life: $20,000
• Asheville Design Center: $20,000
• Care Partners: $20,000
• Western NC Junior Golf Association: $20,000

2012: $80,000
• Assistance League of Charlotte: $20,000
• The Mountain Area Child & Family Center: $20,000
• WNC Alliance: $20,000
• Girls on the Run of WNC & Charlotte (split prize): $20,000

2011: $80,000
• Asheville Symphony: $20,000
• Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project: $20,000
• The Boys & Girls Club (Buncombe County): $20,000
• Industries for the Blind: $20,000

2010: $72,000
• Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy & Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (shared prize): $18,000
• Manna Food Bank: $18,000
• Helpmate: $18,000
• Asheville City Schools Foundation: $18,000

2009: $56,000
• Mountain Housing Opportunities: $14,000
• Big Brothers/Big Sisters of WNC: $14,000
• A-B Tech Foundation: $14,000
• Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce: $14,000

2008: $68,000
• Asheville Green Works: $17,000
• YMCA and YWCA (split prize): $17,000
• Literacy Council of Buncombe County: $17,000
• Junior Achievement: $17,000

2007: $56,000
• Pisgah Legal Services: $14,000
• The NC Arboretum: $14,000
• The NC Center for Health & Wellness at UNCA: $14,000
• OnTrack Financial Education & Counseling: $14,000

2006: $52,000
• Habitat for Humanity: $13,000
• Eliada Homes: $13,000
• Mountain Biz Works: $13,000
• Handmade in America: $13,000

2005: $33,000
• The Health Adventure: $11,000
• Children First: $11,000
• RiverLink: $11,000

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