About the Foundation

The Glass Foundation is a private family foundation based in Asheville, NC and was created in 2000 by Kenneth E. and Nancy J. Glass. The Foundation believes in helping the Western North Carolina region thrive as a whole community educationally, environmentally, and culturally and offer a distinctive quality of life.

The overall vision of the Foundation is to enable Western North Carolina to realize a vision of itself as a premier place to both live and work by making the region a center of high quality educational opportunity; helping to preserve a diverse array of natural resources; and by maintaining a rich cultural and historical heritage.

The Foundation also provides philanthropic support on behalf of the TECT Family of Businesses owned by Kenneth E. Glass and family. Information on TECT can be found at www.tectcorp.com.

The most recent 990 PF tax documents are available at www.guidestar.org and www.foundationcenter.org.

Areas of Interest

The Foundation provides grant funding in three specific areas:

  • Child and Youth Development
  • Environmental Education and Preservation
  • Historic Preservation

The Foundation will accept requests for program or project funding and capital needs. The Foundation welcomes collaboration with other grantmakers and favors grantseekers with multiple sources of support. Funding commitments are made on a year to year basis. The Foundation occasionally grants support over several years for large capital campaigns.

Board of Directors

Lara Nolletti, President
Kenneth Glass, Chair
Nancy Glass, Secretary
Bernard Stanek

  • Mission

    • To strive for improved environmental education and preservation, to shape the developmental and educational opportunities for children and youth, and aid in the preservation of historic sites.