Columbus County Community Foundation awards more than $10,000 in local dollars
The North Carolina Community Foundation is allocating grants from its Disaster Relief Fund to support recovery efforts related to Hurricane Matthew and flooding in affected areas of the state, according to Rodney E. Martin, chair of NCCF’s grants committee and statewide board member.
The Columbus County Community Foundation has distributed $10,920 to date. The board directed the grant to the Columbus Baptist Association for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Columbus County to be used for building materials, food, rent and electricity bills for displaced residents.
NCCF’s Disaster Relief Fund was established to support mid- to long-term, unmet needs and does not compete with ‘boots on the ground’ organizations established to raise funds for more immediate relief. Grants will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local communities. NCCF’s other local affiliate foundations serving affected counties are also in the process of determining the nonprofit agencies that can best provide assistance in their areas.
NCCF has received gifts from across the state, country and even the world, according to NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. No portion of the funds will be used for the Foundation’s administrative or operational expenses, an approach NCCF is also encouraging among local grant recipient agencies.
“We have been struck by the quick and caring generosity we’ve witnessed during the weeks since we activated the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund,” Tolle Whiteside said. She said that NCCF especially wanted to acknowledge the generosity of the Tides Foundation, on recommendation of the Google Foundation; AT&T; F.N.B. Corporation; the Humana Foundation and the Oak Foundation.