The nonprofit industry makes a difference in our community not just because of the number of people hired or the amount of money spent in economic impact, but also the quality of life."

Adrian King, grants committee chairman and vice president of the Lenoir County Community Foundation, to the Kinston Free Press

The North Carolina Community Foundation gives us the opportunity to leave a legacy. We’re painting a portrait of what can be and it’s connected to what we love."

Matt Wood, member of the board of advisors, Northern Albemarle Community Foundation

Caldwell Friends greatly appreciates the North Carolina Community Foundation for recognizing the importance of one-on-one mentoring and the path of responsible citizenship for at-risk children in our county."

Susan Rudisill and Liz Eller, Program Director and Manager, Caldwell Friends Inc.

Receiving this award has been a great honor and I am so thankful for it because it has helped me reach my goal of going to Western Carolina University to get my [education] degree. I hope to say thank you for this scholarship by teaching in a local school and giving back to my community.”

Grace Morris, recipient of the Wayne Johnson/Donald Ashe Scholarship, Jackson County

My a-ha moment was when I realized that even as a rural county and smaller affiliate, we benefit from a state’s worth of experience. You guys have our backs!”

Julia Wolfe, Brunswick County Community Foundation board member

He was a self-made man, but his legacy is one of selfless love."

Obituary of beloved leader Earle Connelly

Receiving this award has been a great honor and I am so thankful for it because it has helped me reach my goal of going to Western Carolina University to get my degree in Elementary Education. I hope to say thank you for this scholarship by teaching in a local school and giving back to my community in this way."

Grace Morris, recipient of the Wayne Johnson & Donald Ashe Scholarship in Jackson County

Everything that is done, every check that is handed out, is helping an organization that helps people."

Hal “Chip” Huffman, Unifour Foundation Endowment board president

Without NCCF there wouldn’t be a fund."

Troy Moore, co-founder of the Hubie Poteat Memorial Foundation

Thank you for the impact that you’re having on our community.”

Vicki Murray, executive director of Safe Harbor Rescue Mission, as overheard at the Unifour grants reception, Hickory

I just wanted to send a BIG ‘THANK YOU’ for recognizing me as a Student Volunteer of the Year for Rockingham County.  It was an honor to represent my school and community in such a positive way!  Receiving this award was an amazing experience for me, and I don't think I will ever forget it.”

Tony Valentine, Rockingham County High School

The fact that no one in my family has graduated from college has influenced me greatly. This experience motivates me to keep going and reach goals that my family wasn't able to reach.”

Erin Pannell of Robbinsville; recipient of the Laura Phillips Memorial Scholarship and student at Tri-County Community College

What to do with a mistake: recognize it; admit it; learn from it; forget it."

Dean Smith, former UNC basketball coach, 1932-2015

The things that matter most should never be at the mercy of the things that matter least."

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 18th century German writer

A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove, but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.”

Forest E. Witcraft

I want to know if they have a plan and whether they have an endowment. If they have an endowment, that’s great because I know they are managing money better than those without an endowment. Endowments are protection for the future; they’re more important than a building.They are builders of revenues that can be applied to operations. If they have no endowment, I tend to dismiss their request.”

Lorry I. Lokey, founder of Business Wire & philanthropist, from Advancing Philanthropy interview about why he would give to an organization.

If it wasn’t for the Moore County Community Foundation that stood by us all these years, we wouldn’t be here.”

John Roberts, executive director, MANNA! an agency devoted to feeding the hungry in Moore County

My mentor saw something in me I didn’t even know I had.”

Dr. Bettie Bond, board president, Watauga County Community Foundation, and 2014 Lewis Holding Award winner upon accepeting the honor

Recently, a tenant signed a lease for an affordable CASA apartment, ending two years of homelessness. Another celebrated four years of maintaining his safe, secure home. For these tenants, tomorrow can be better than today. Thank you for being part of their success.”

Debra King, CASA CEO, thanking Cary Women’s Giving Network for grant

Our actual mission is to improve the economy … We want to do something to promote our community.”

Bill Blackley, Mountain-to-Sea Trails association chair, in article about trail expansion published in the News & Observer 3/31/14. NCCF is the proud endowment partner of the Trail’s Friends group.

… When I get home with my backpack, I unload it, put the food away, eat a granola bar, drink two juice boxes and eat the apple … I feel good about getting a backpack. Since my mother was fired, we don’t have a lot of money so that’s pretty much what I eat all weekend. During the rest of the week, I cook up some noodles that I’ve saved from the bag. If I didn’t get a backpack, I would go without eating or eat a can of vegetables. I have gone a day without eating before.” 

Backpack Buddies recipient

Being of service is not an option, it is a biological necessity. Every kind of action we do for someone is a reanimation of our own life force -- and of the other person's."

Carolyn Myss, NYT bestselling author, as submitted by NCCF team member Lisa Meeks

NCCF and the Macon County affiliate have done so much for our community. The money is important of course, but so are the lessons the Foundation teaches. For me, it has been thrilling to play the role of philanthropist, even on a very small scale. I love the fact that I am connected to such a great philanthropic network. 

Barbara McRae, who established the Jim McRae Endowment for the visual arts in honor of her late husband

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese Proverb

I want to say a special thanks to Phil Stevens (WAW Scholarship board chair) for believing in me and giving me this opportunity to further my education.

Garrett Hall, a 2011 recipient of the Watauga-Ashe-Wilkes Scholarship from Ashe County

You cannot have significance in this life if it's all about you...You find your joy in life through service and sacrifice.

Paul Tudor Jones, billionaire founder of Robin Hood Foundation on recent "60 Minutes" interview

Jim Narron has the ability to relate to anybody and everybody…He’s our own Will Rogers. (Founder Lewis Holding) would certainly be proud of what’s taking place (at NCCF)…you’ve moved his legacy forward.

Jim Black, NCCF board member, paying tribute to outgoing Chair James Narron at March meeting

I was fortunate to get a scholarship when I went to Lehigh University and Princeton.... Somebody was kind enough to spend their money to educate people that they would never get to know. That’s what I think philanthropy is about.

Lee Iacocca quote that Sue LeLievre, NCCF western regional associate, used on scholarship event program

Always give without remembering.  Always receive without forgetting.

A quote Dr. Nido Qubein likes to borrow and delivered at New Hanover County Community Foundation's 25th anniversary celebration

Philanthropy is the community pitching in.

Nikki is a candle in the mirror that shines a light on others...She recognized a need and the positive impact the theatre can have on young people and made it happen.

Quote in News & Observer by John Hobart, founder of the Frances Finch Hobart Award for community service, given annually by the Johnston County Community Foundation. The award was established to honor his wife Frances. Nikki Dyke is the volunteer director of the Clayton Youth Theatre.

Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by color.

Quote posted at the Freedom School in Rocky Mount, spotted by Kelly Lee, NCCF regional associate, Coastal Plain North, while there to read to the kids.

It was with great excitement that I opened a letter telling me I have been awarded your generous scholarship...Your gift is making my dream of college a reality...Thank you for believing in me. Your encouragement means as much as the scholarship help.

Celeste Sciabarasi's thank-you note upon learning she is this year's recipient of the James and Violet Carson Scholarship

OUTRight Youth is so pleased to have received the generous grant from the Unifour Foundation in support of our Bullying Prevention Symposium. When I told the youth...they cheered to hear the news!

Mary Ann Dore, executive director, OUTRight Youth of Catawba Valley, upon receiving a $3,000 grant

As corporate citizens, we value and appreciate your work in our community. It takes many dedicated people working together to provide programs and services to meet a wide variety of community needs. We all celebrate your work.

Mark J. Gould, CFO. Mast General Stores, Inc.

I'm sending my warmest congratulations and admiration for your accomplishments, and regret I am unable to join you today for the celebration of your 15th anniversary! It has truly been an honor for me to serve as the chairman of NCCF, largely because of the significant work that affiliate partners like the Granville County Community Foundation are doing in communities across North Carolina. Your leadership, generosity and vision have had a huge impact on Granville County.  Congratulations, and I look forward to the next 15 years!

Greetings from James W. Narron, NCCF board chair, read on his behalf at Granville's 15th anniversary celebration

The NCCF staff is so helpful and friendly. What’s great is that, unlike in some other funding situations, there’s a clear distinction between staff members and “deciders,” which erases the dynamic of being concerned about asking questions or fearing that friendly attentiveness is an effort to curry favor.  Plus y’all are just very helpful, friendly, supportive people!

Susan Sherard, Executive Director of Moore County Literacy Council, Southern Pines, after grant seekers workshop

You can’t be everywhere around the state, but you can be involved in something like the NC Community Foundation and help to make a difference.

Trent Ragland, as told at the NCCF quarterly board meeting about why he is involved with the NCCF’s board of directors

Each of us has time, talents and resources that can help be the change for someone who has been homeless, to be afforded the opportunity and the dignity to live in a safe and peaceful home.

Jackie Craig, Co-founder, The Green Chair Project, as quoted in a letter to the editor of the News & Observer, March 21 edition, regarding the plight of the homeless

He put the State of North Carolina above everything else ... He always brought us all together for the sake of the state.

David Hoyle, NC Secretary of Revenue, in recorded tribute to former Dare County Senator Marc Basnight, who was honored with a special recognition at the NC Chamber's 70th annual meeting

It was really mind-blowing that a group of kids could get a sum of money and decide who to give it to, that we could actually make changes in our community.

arah Marshall, senior at KIPP Gaston College Prep School, Northampton County, on youth philanthropy efforts; reprinted from NC Rural Center's Rural Routes

This year’s Emerging Issues Forum offered a sense of optimism and excitement for the future. With Gen Z at the helm, our state is going to be in good – if not connected – hands! Kudos to all speakers, judges, high school contestants and most of all to Governor Hunt, the staff and board of the Institute!

Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF CEO & President

My feeling is that we’re all here for each other. I take very seriously this business of treating your neighbor as yourself.

This scholarship means a great deal to me because graduate school is such a financial burden. I am very thankful for this assistance because I carry all the burden on my own. It is tough to balance a heavy school load and work at the same time.

Marcus D. Stanaland, 2011-2012 recipient of Henderson D. Mabe Jr. Scholarship award, attending Campbell University to study pharmacy, clinicial research and business.

I don't think there is a more deserving recipient of that kind of recognition than Bob Mauldin, who is sort of the poster boy of good citizenship in terms of supporting all kinds of good things and trying to generate a culture of philanthropy in our community.

Sam Johnson, president of the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation of Greater Rocky Mount, as quoted in the Rocky Mount Telegram in cover story about Mr. Mauldin’s recognition as the 2011 Lewis R. Holding award recipient from NCCF

Thirty, 50, 100, 200 years from now this foundation will still be here. It will outlive everyone in this room.

Eric Dent, Robeson County Community Foundation past president as quoted in The Robesonian

Aspire to inspire before you expire!

Ok, not overheard, but spotted on a Brunswick County church sign on Highway 17 by Patricia Lawler, NCCF's southeastern regional associate.

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