Hennessee Foundation Grant

W.C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation, Inc.

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: May 15, 2020

Later deadlines: Oct 15, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Jackson County, North Carolina

Location of residency: North Carolina

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The W. C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation was established in 1985 for educational, religious, and charitable purposes, for the benefit of Jackson County, North Carolina. 

Program areas

  • Arts, culture, and humanities
  • Education
  • Environment, animals
  • Health
  • Human services
  • Religion

Foundation Information

W. C. Hennessee was born on May 22, 1903. He spent his career in the lumber business, beginning with the Rocky River Coal and Lumber Company in Van Buren County, Tennessee. The family moved several times in Tennessee and Georgia with the lumber company before finally settling in Sylva, North Carolina, in 1934. Ten years later, W. C. Hennessee bought out the interests of his partners and started his own company, W. C. Hennessee Lumber Company, which operated mills at several locations until finally consolidating into one location in the Addie Community of Jackson County, North Carolina. Over the years, the work of the company changed from the manufacture of barrel staves to providing lumber for the war effort to becoming a busy saw mill with dry kiln and lumber surfacing services. The company was in continuous operation until 1980, when it merged with Hammermill Paper Company of Erie, Pennsylvania.

W. C. Hennessee’s son, Jack, was elected President of W. C. Hennessee Lumber Company in 1960 and served in that capacity until the company merged with Hammermill. He then served as Assistant to the President of Hammermill Hardwood Company until 1986. At the time of Jack’s retirement, Hammermill Hardwood Company was a branch of the Hammermill Paper Company with headquarters in Augusta, Georgia. There were two mills in South Carolina, two in North Carolina, two in Tennessee, one in Kansas and one in Indiana. Jack was the timber buyer for all mills and also the company pilot.

W. C. Hennessee was active in his community, volunteering as a member of the Boy Scout Council and serving on the board of the local hospital. He and his son Jack provided funding to build a chapel in the hospital, and The W. C. and Stella B. Hennessee Foundation supported the hospital chaplaincy program for many years. Mr. Hennessee died on July 15, 1989. Stella B. Hennessee was born on March 22, 1903. She was a homemaker whose life centered on her family. She was a devoted mother, raising four children, Robert, Dortha, Jack, and Donna. Mrs. Hennessee died on December 26, 1990.

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  • To be eligible, organizations must qualify as exempt organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Grants will only be awarded in Jackson County, North Carolina.