Carteret Community Foundation board chair Cindi Hamilton got a late Christmas present December 29th when board member Frank Barnes walked into her office with a check for $5,000 from an anonymous donor.

“I about fell out of my chair when Frank handed me that check,” said Hamilton.  “Folks in county have been very supportive of the Carteret Community Foundation, but this is the biggest gift from an individual that we have ever received.”

Foundation board members had set a year-end fundraising goal of $10,000, and the anonymous gift pushed them over the top.  The Foundation will use the funds to support local nonprofit organizations through an annual, competitive grant process.  Since 2006, the Carteret Community Foundation has made more than $174,000 in grant awards to local charities. 

“The mission of the Carteret Community Foundation is to ‘enhance the quality of life in Carteret Country through giving,’” said Hamilton.  “These funds will help us support those organizations that work hard to address our local needs.”

In addition to evaluating grant application, this year Foundation board members began visiting grant recipients to see the dollars in action. 

“These site visits have become one of the board’s favorite activities,” said Hamilton.  “It makes a big difference when you can see the grant dollars at work.  One of the board members is still talking about his visit to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter!”

The Carteret Community Foundation was established in 1984, and it is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).  The Carteret Community Foundation provides grants to local nonprofits, college scholarships to county students and offers professional advisors who can help individuals, families and nonprofit agencies establish an endowment or designated fund for specific charitable purposes.  For more information about the Carteret Community Foundation and its services, please call NCCF’s Southeast Regional office at 919-509-7256.

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