The board of directors of the Chowan Community Funds, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, announces 2013 awards from the Ann L. Sams Fund, according to Robin Sams, board president.

The awards program was held at the Barker House and recipients included:

  • Shepard-Pruden Memorial Library received a grant of $2,000 to update computers used by staff and the public at the Library.
  • The Food Bank of the Albemarle received a grant of $500 to continue support for the local food sourcing program.
  • Albemarle Hopeline received a grant of $1,000 to continue support for the needs of women through the ‘Power to Improve’ program, leading to economic, emotional and physical self-sufficiency for men and women who qualify as NC Displaced Homemakers.
  • Historic Preservation Foundation of North Carolina received a grant of $1,000 to support the 2013 Historic Preservation Conference to be held in Edenton, October 2-4.
  • Kids First, Inc, providing comprehensive medical and treatment services to children, aged birth to 18, received a grant of $1.500 to support Stewards of Children Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program.
  • Junior Adult and Children Enrichment program is receiving a grant of $1,200 for summer meal services in Chowan County.
  • Tidewater BSA is receiving a grant of $75 to provide campership assistance for needy children attending summer Day Camp programs in Chowan.

Robin Sams thanked all the grantees at recent awards program held at the Barker House. “We were challenged to award grants within the criteria established by the donor and to address the many issues brought to our awareness by this grants process. We were pleased to be able to award over $8,300 from the Ann L. Sams Fund this year. This Fund continues to be our most important resource to Chowan County addressing many local needs on an annual basis”.

The Chowan Community Funds was established in 2005 to help support local charitable needs of Chowan County. Sams reminded everyone present that the board is supporting a special Chairman’s Challenge opportunity and encouraged everyone to make a contribution to help grow the Community Fund’s capacity and increase its grantmaking fund to better address future needs. This challenge expires at the end of June. An anonymous donor has established a matching fund that will be shared proportionately with all participating Affiliate Community Fund donations received in June.

Donors can also establish designated funds for their own causes with a tax deductible initial gift of at least $10,000. Types of funds include Donor Advised Funds, Scholarship Funds (minimum fund balance is $25,000), Designated Funds and Field of Interest Funds.  For information about establishing a new fund, please contact Robin Sams, Board President, or call Peggy Birkemeier at the NCCF Northeast Region Office at 252-491-8166.

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