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Lake Junaluska Annual Fund

Want to give a gift that makes an immediate difference at Lake Junaluska? Support the Annual Fund.


Become a Friend of the Lake! When you give to Lake Junaluska through the Annual Fund, your gift joins with thousands of others to fund the vital resources needed throughout the year so that each day guests can fully experience Lake Junaluska.

Many of the most beloved activities and experiences at Lake Junaluska have no natural funding source. When donors ask how they can best support the mission of Lake Junaluska, the answer is simple: give to the Lake Junaluska Annual Fund. Whether helping buy seeds for the gardens or pay travel expenses to bring inspiring speakers to youth retreats, the Annual Fund provides critical financial support to sustain and enhance Lake Junaluska for all to enjoy – now and for many years to come.

Plus, you can designate your gift to one of five areas of support, making it easy to give to what means the most to you.

Father and son canoe at Lake Junaluska

Areas of Support

When you make a financial gift, you can designate your gift to one of five areas the Annual Fund supports.

Lake Junaluska cross in fall
Where Needed Most

Your gifts provide holistic support for our mission and ministry.

Lake Junaluska recreation aerial
Lake, Grounds & Recreation

Your gifts fund the care and preservation of our lake and dam, help tend the gardens and grounds, and maintain our beloved walking trails and recreational areas.

Performers dancing during Lake Junaluska Music and Worship Arts Week
Ministry & Worship

Your gifts support prayer services, faith gatherings, youth ministry and other spiritual growth opportunities.

Woman playing piano during Lake Junaluska Music and Arts
Music & the Arts

Your gifts sustain our strong tradition of music and the arts.

Memorial Chapel in Spring
Buildings & Facilities

Your gifts ensure our sacred spaces and historic buildings are hospitable to all who enter.

Make Your Gift Today


Complete the online form.


Call the Office of Development at 828-454-6749 or toll-free at 866-256-1079.


Send your donation to the following address:
Lake Junaluska Assembly Inc.
The Office of Development
PO Box 67
Lake Junaluska, NC 28745


Lake Junaluska Associates
Annual Donation of $250 or more

Friends of the Lake Circle
Annual Donation of $500 or more

Lake Junaluska Society
Annual Donation of $1,000 or more


Annual Fund Giving Levels

Gifts of all sizes make a difference and help Lake Junaluska continue to be a place of transformation and renewal. In gratitude to loyal and generous supporters, we recognize individuals, households and organizations whose gifts to the Annual Fund within a calendar year meet or exceed giving levels of $250, $500 and $1,000.


Donors who give $250 or more annually

Lake Junaluska Associates are individuals or households who make charitable gifts to the Annual Fund that total $250 or more within a calendar year. When you become an Associate, you’ll be invited to an annual weekend in late summer that offers opportunities for connection, reunion, worship, and a first-hand look at how charitable giving changes lives every day here at Lake Junaluska.

Colonnade with pretty flowers


Donors who give $500 or more annually

Charitable supporters and corporate sponsors who give $500 or more to the Annual Fund within a calendar year are recognized as members of the Friends of the Lake Circle. Charitable supporters who are part of the Friends of the Lake Circle are also recognized as Lake Junaluska Associates and invited to the annual celebration weekend.

Visitors enjoy the Lake Junaluska Walking Trail


Donors who give $1,000 or more annually

Lake Junaluska Society members are leadership-level donors who are invited to special events where they learn more about how their charitable giving is making a difference, enjoy fellowship with other charitable supporters and connect with the Board of Trustees. Charitable supporters who give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund are part of all three giving levels: Lake Junaluska Society, Friends of the Lake Circle and Lake Junaluska Associates.

Photo of outdoor buffet table during an event at Lake Junaluska

“We want others to experience what we and our children and grandchildren have, and we want to contribute to Lake Junaluska so that it thrives, continues to be strengthened, and can offer a variety of opportunities for other families.” — Janet Leeland

“With my background in ministry, I know that you always need more money than you have to do what’s necessary. The lesson is that every gift is important. We are not the biggest donors, but we give every year, at different times, and for different purposes. We love Lake Junaluska.” — Paul Young

“We’ve always felt at home at Lake Junaluska. …Of all the places we donate to, Lake Junaluska is always so grateful. You want to help people and give of your time, money and gifts, so it’s nice to feel like it’s appreciated and needed and going to the right place.”  — Kathy Terry


Become a Friends of the Lake corporate sponsor.

When your business or organization becomes a Friends of the Lake corporate sponsor, you help generate support for recreational opportunities at Lake Junaluska, including the beloved walking trail that encircles the lake.

Lake Junaluska has three levels of sponsorships available to businesses and organizations. These include Partnership, Patron and Friends level sponsorships. We recognize our corporate sponsors on the Lake Junaluska website, at events including our annual Friends of the Lake 5K, and around the grounds.



We invite you to participate in one of these meaningful events throughout the year.

Friends of the Lake 5K

Held annually, the Friends of the Lake 5K Road Race & Walk is a charitable event to support the recreation opportunities of Lake Junaluska. All proceeds from the event go to the Annual Fund to assist with the preservation and improvement of the recreation areas at Lake Junaluska, which annually costs over $375,000.

When you support or take part in the 5K, you help Lake Junaluska continue to be a beloved place where the community can enjoy the walking trail, gardens and breathtaking vistas.

Friends of the Lake 5K runners cross a bridge

Lake Junaluska Day

Every year, we invite everyone who loves Lake Junaluska to pray, share and give as part of our annual Lake Junaluska Day celebration.

• Pray for the mission and ministry of Lake Junaluska.
• Share why you love Lake Junaluska on Facebook and Instagram.
• Give so that all who visit can experience renewal at Lake Junaluska.

The event is held in late June in honor of the first conference held at Stuart Auditorium on June 25, 1913.

Lake Junaluska Day selfie station

Floating Lanterns

As part of Lake Junaluska’s multi-day annual Independence Day Celebration, staff and volunteers place floating lanterns on the lake during one evening of the event. Each lantern carries a name in remembrance or in honor of a loved one. Charitable gifts made to Lake Junaluska to have a loved one’s name placed on a lantern will be accepted online through a special Floating Lantern form before the event.

All are welcome to the lakeside to enjoy, celebrate and admire this enchanting and meaningful display.

Floating wish lanterns cast glimmers of light on the water

Brick & Bench Programs

Click on the tabs below to learn more about creating a lasting connection through naming opportunities.
Head-on view of the Colonnade with Lake Junaluska behind

Brick Walk

Bricks engraved with names and meaningful messages line the beloved Brick Walk in The Colonnade. Many of the bricks have been given in honor or in memory of friends and family members who love Lake Junaluska. New bricks are installed annually in late summer and celebrated at an annual dedication ceremony.

A brick can be engraved and added to Lake Junaluska’s Brick Walk for a specific donation. Proceeds from your contribution will support the mission of Lake Junaluska. For the 2024 installation, donations are no longer being accepted. To be notified when donations open for the 2025 installation, please subscribe to Brick Walk updates.

View of prayer labyrinth at Lake Junaluska

Bench Program

Honor or memorialize your loved ones on the Lake Junaluska grounds through the donation of a bench and a solid brass commemorative plaque. These benches offer a beautiful ministry to all those who visit the lakeshore, providing a place of rest and renewal.

The donation for a bench and a plaque is $5,000. Benches are placed in specific locations that have been identified as appropriate by the Assembly.

If you would like to participate in this program, please contact the Development Office at 828-454-6749 or [email protected].

Plaques in Memorial Chapel

More Naming Opportunities

In addition to the beloved brick walk and bench programs, our naming opportunities range from placing a name on a plaque inside Memorial Chapel to establishing a named endowment to support our ongoing mission.

For more information, please contact the Development Office at 828-454-6749 or [email protected].


Please contact the Lake Junaluska Development Office at 828-454-6680 or [email protected].


Lake Junaluska Assembly, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Gifts are tax-deductible. Our federal tax ID number is 56-0547461.