Givens Philanthropy

Building a Foundation For


Give. Care. Enrich. Serve.

Our mission to expand the possibilities for aging across the Givens Communities organization begins with a clear vision for the future — one that is ignited by imagination and founded on core values that have guided us for nearly five decades:

People Passionate – We value every person. We strive to respect, support, enrich, and empower one another.

Make a Difference – We honor our legacy of making a difference in the lives of others. We see opportunities in challenges, seek creative solutions, and work tirelessly to ensure that we are improving and innovating to be a positive force in our community.

Power of Community – We are better and more creative when we work together. We harness the power of community for the greatest possible impact through collaboration, strong relationships, and embracing diversity.

Do What’s Right – We act with integrity and accountability, recognizing what is right is not always easy or popular. We take responsibility for our decisions, persevere through challenges, and are good stewards of our resources..

Givens Communities is an exciting organization with an abundance of opportunities for serving seniors in Western North Carolina. We are enthusiastic about our Life Plan Communities, our affordable housing communities, our emphasis on keeping residents independent for as long as possible, our goal of nurturing a workforce of team members who feel welcomed, respected, and appreciated, and our outreach partnerships with the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church and other partners in the wider community who have joined with Givens to create healthy, vibrant communities.

Since 1975, Givens has flourished on a foundation of compassion, vision, innovation, and stewardship that has been nourished by a spirit of generosity. Through faithful financial support and planning, volunteerism, and outreach, Givens residents, families, team members, and friends we continue our mission with confidence and enthusiasm.

It is our privilege to welcome you to the joy of securing a hope-filled future through collective philanthropy.

Our Vision

Endless Possibilities, Vibrant Aging

Our Mission

Creating Community, Empowering Lives


Brian Guengerich
Vice President of Philanthropy

The Givens Communities Board of Directors

Mrs. Donna A. Broadwell*
Ms. Alisa J. Brown
Dr. Kelli R. Brown
The Reverend Dr. Mary W. Brown
The Reverend Karen L. Easter Bayne
Mr. Adam K. Ennis
Ms. Murphy Horne Fletcher
Mr. Charles L. Frederick
Mr. Larry B. Harris
Mr. Horace S. Jennings

Dr. Margaret A. Kuhn
Dr. Suzanne E. Landis
Ms. Rebekah M. Lowe
Mr. William Mance
Mrs. Connie B. Martin
Mr. Joseph P. McGuire
Mr. F. Patrick McGuire
Mr. Robert M. McKown
Mr. Russell Moxley
Dr. Judy L. Phillips
Mr. Charles Pine

The Reverend W. Mark Ralls
Mr. Robert E. Shepherd*
Mrs. Sarah-Ann Smith
Mr. Kenneth W. Swayze Jr.
Mr. G. Edward Towson, II
The Reverend Dr. R. Keith Turman
Mr. David C. Whilden
Mr. Alfred J. Whitesides, Jr.

In 1975, after more than a decade of prayer and planning by the United Methodists, their dream for a retirement community in the mountains was realized through the generous estate gift from Marion J. Givens. The gift included 160 acres of land and the earnings from a $2.5 million trust. Nearly 50 years later, Givens Communities continues to be a vibrant nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Western North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church. Approximately 80% of the Givens Communities Board members are Methodist.
The guidance and dedication of these volunteers ensure the legacy of the Givens mission.