Crossnore School for foster children raises $21.4 million for expansion

Artist rendering of Marjorie Williams Academy
Artist rendering of Marjorie Williams Academy

A campaign originally created to raise $13 million for improvements to North Carolina’s Crossnore School – a residential foster care home for abused and neglected children – has resulted in $21.4 million in donations.

“I am overwhelmed and humbled by the love and generosity extended to our children,” said Crossnore School CEO Brett Loftis, who formerly led the Charlotte-based Council for Children’s Rights. “The success of the campaign ensures that the work we do here will continue for another 100 years.”

The Second Century Campaign was conceived in 2010 as a $13 million effort to grow the school’s endowment, but it evolved in 2013 into a $20 million plan to launch badly needed capital improvements for the campus in Avery County.

Loftis says the campaign gained momentum last year after former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis and his wife Donna committed $1 million in support to build a new Young Children’s Village on three acres of the campus. In the months that followed, the school received a series of large gifts, including $1.3 million from Marjorie and Leonard Williams of Orlando, Fla.

Among the projects being paid for by the campaign is the Crossnore Academy, a new K-12 public charter school on the campus, named the Marjorie Williams Academy. The school is expected to be completed this month.

Money was also donated to help the school pay off more than $750,000 in debts, officials said.

The Crossnore School serves as a residential foster care home for children in crisis from North Carolina. The school describes itself as a “Christian Sanctuary of hope and healing” where students rise above their circumstances and excel both in school and in life.