Mountain Findings of  Highlands, North Carolina

A Community of Giving

Mountain Findings of Highlands, North Carolina started in 1969 and on May 10,  1972 became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  Since then, nearly $5 MILLION has been given back into our community through grants. From humble beginnings over half a century ago, the first grants given out totaled $200.  Mountain Findings emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words.

In 2006, Mountain Findings marked a milestone by reaching its 1-millionth dollar raised.  This went toward an $8,000 grant awarded to the Town of Highlands for metal benches along the main street.  

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Mountain Findings of Highlands, North Carolina is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support. Contact us to learn more and get involved by volunteering, donating, or requesting a grant for your organization.  Annually, our community Thrift Store receives thousands of donated items to resale. 

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Making A Difference With Your Help!

You may drop off donations at your convenience.  Just pull around to the back of Mountain Findings.  Place items near the garage door.  We can email or mail you a tax donation form if needed. 


Schedule a pick-up by calling Mountain Findings at (828) 526-9929.  Leave a message and someone will contact you.

We DO NOT accept paint, TVs, mattresses, chemicals, clothing, batteries, or other hazardous materials.



Each year our 100% volunteer-run organization thrives due to our volunteers who unselfishly donate collectively an estimated 24,000 hours in running the Thrift Store.  This represents a $528,000 value.  


Annually, our community Thrift Store receives thousands of donated items to resale.  We believe that a single action can make a difference in the community. Our team of nearly 80-volunteers works tirelessly to contribute their part to the greater good. 

Volunteers are needed to help in organizing, pricing, cleaning, pick-up, working on days open to the public, and much more. 

How to Volunteer or Receive More Information


We are always needing volunteers to cover a variety of positions. If you have time to volunteer, please contact Volunteer Coordinator.  Call 828-526-9929.

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Mountain Findings Grants

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Focus areas for grant application submissions:
  • arts & humanities,
  • ​public safety,
  • human welfare,
  • healthcare,
  • animal welfare,
  • environment and conservation, and
  • education
The application deadline is April 1st of each calendar year.  Grant requests are awarded in mid-June. 
For more information, guidelines and application,  contact Edith Pendleton (
(No requests for salaries or travel expenses.  Also, the applicant(s) need to be an IRS Code Section 501(c)3, municipality, governmental, or closely working with such an organization, agency or association. The service or program area needs to impact the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau region of Western North Carolina.)

In 2022, Mountain Findings awarded to qualifying organizations nearly $389,000 to these organizations, thanks to the thousands of donations to Mountain Findings. 
No donation goes unappreciated, such as homewares, furniture, lighting fixtures, rugs, linens, tools, and knickknacks.  Your donation may be a single item or an entire house full of items.  Every donation adds up to making a difference.
If the item is something we cannot use, then we offer your donation to another non-profit within our community.
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2​2022 Grant & Donation Recipients:

  • Appalachian Animal Rescue Center

  • Appalachian Wildlife Refuge

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters

  • Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society

  • Chattooga Conservancy

  • Community Care Clinic of Highlands

  • Counseling Center of Highlands

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes at Highlands School

  • Glenville-Cashiers Rescue Squad

  • Hemlock Restoration Initiative

  • Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival

  • Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust

  • Highlands Biological Foundation

  • Highlands Biological Station (WSU)

  • Highlands Community Child Development Center

  • Highlands Emergency Council

  • Highlands Historical Preservation Society

  • Highlands Plateau Greenway

  • Highlands School Athletic Booster Club

  • Highlands School PTO

  • Highlands School Scholarship Fund

  • Hospice House Foundation of WNC

  • Hudson Library

  • Literacy Council of Highlands

  • Macon County EMS

  • Mainspring Conservation Trust

  • Mountain Theatre Company

  • Peggy Crosby Community Center

  • Preforming Arts Center of Highlands

  • Pisgah Legal Services

  • R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County

  • Scaly Mountain/Sky Valley Fire Department

  • SonShine After School Program

  • The Bascom Corporation

  • The Food Pantry/International Friendship Center

  • The Gordon Center

  • The Mountain Retreat & Conference Center

  • Wreaths Across America

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Contact Mountain Findings of Highlands, North Carolina

432 Spruce Street, Highlands, NC 28741 (physical)

452 Spruce Street, Highlands, NC 28741 (mailing)

(828) 526-9929

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