ASHEVILLE — On Monday, June 3, at 5:30 p.m., the Women for Women giving circle of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina will present “The First 2,000 Days: Why Early Childhood Investments are Essential to North Carolina’s Future Prosperity.” The event is free and open to the public; reservations are recommended and can be made at

The event features presentations from SmartStart Champions for Children Kit Cramer, president and CEO of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, and Sheriff Van Duncan with the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department.

The mission of Women for Women is to improve the lives of women and girls in Western North Carolina. The giving circle makes grants to effective nonprofits and they leverage their grant support through advocacy. One goal of the group’s advocacy efforts is to promote the importance of and increase resources for early childhood development initiatives. Early childhood development is a focus area for discretionary grants from The Community Foundation.

CFWNC is a permanent regional resource serving 18 counties in Western North Carolina. Foundation staff leverage knowledge about the region and relationships with donors to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina. The Foundation facilitates $11 million in charitable giving annually. More information can be found at

-Press release from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, shared May 28.

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