Special to Iredell Free News

Statesville native Mary Dawne Clark has joined the Legacy Circle with a substantial planned gift to the United Way Endowment.

Mary Dawne Clark

The Endowment for the Future provides a sustainable revenue source to fund transformational grants in local non-profit programs and services as well as provide immediate emergency or natural disaster relief for our community.

Clark’s donation is the most recent example of philanthropic leaders across Iredell coming together to create a lasting legacy dedicated to meeting the future needs of our community.

“United Way of Iredell County is a critical leader in addressing the most challenging conditions of our community,” Clark said. “I am proud to support United Way’s efforts for generations to come, knowing the lives of citizens in our community will be positively impacted by the innovation this endowment will generate. My parents were very active community leaders for years and from a very early age, instilled in me the need to give back”

Clark is an integral part of the Iredell County philanthropic community with many years of service at non-profit organizations across our community and the state of North Carolina.

“Dawne is such a humble and committed leader,” said Brett Eckerman, executive director of United Way of Iredell County. “She always seems to be at the front of the line to lend a hand, or a word of advice when there is good work to be done. She sets an example with this gift that you don’t have to be retired in order to make a plan for your future impact. I believe it is an example that will spark others to consider how they might make a lasting impact and shape the future of our community.”


To learn more about the Legacy Circle or the United Way Endowment for the future, contact the United Way of Iredell County at 305 North Center Street, P.O. Box 1312, Statesville NC 28687; (704) 872-3000 or rcollier@uwiredell.org. For more information about the United Way, its agency partners or the Endowment, please visit www.uwiredell.org

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