The board of directors of the Chowan Community Funds Foundation announces 2011 awards from its community fund and the Ann L. Sams Fund, according to Robin Sams, board president.

            This year’s nonprofit recipients include:

  • Albemarle Hopeline receives a grant of $750 to support the Victim Advocacy services in Chowan County
  • The Animal Welfare of the Albemarle Region Every Day receives a grant of $450 to support their program to spay and neuter stray animals and provide assistance to families unable to do so.
  • College of the Albemarle receives an award of $1,000 to support scholarship assistance for Hispanic students from Chowan seeking a college education.
  • Edenton Historical Commission is receiving a grant of $600 toward a new Barker House restoration project.
  • Food Bank of the Albemarle is also receiving a general grant of $200 to assist with the Emergency Food Distribution costs to Chowan families


  • Edenton Woman’s Club is receiving a grant of $750 to support their efforts to produce the new book, Between the River and the Sound: The Architectural Heritage of Chowan County

Sams thanked the recipients for many contributions they are making to this county.  “These grants are important to our community and our quality of life,” she said.  “Critical programs would not be possible without the generosity of many individuals and the generous Ann L Sams fund established in 2000. This fund provides us with both some specific grant criteria and with some flexibility to respond to annual requests.”

            The Chowan County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Tax-deductible contributions can be made to the Chowan Charitable Gift Fund, which is administered by the NCCF.  In addition to the Ann Sams Fund and the Community Gift Fund, Preservation North Carolina also has established the Edenton Endowment to support its regional services. The board will soon be adding another new fund, the Robbie Laughton Recreation Fund for Chowan County. Donors are also encouraged to establish new funds to support charitable purposes dear to them. Today, more donors are leaving gifts to establish new funds or to add to an existing fund by using their will or by making a distribution from an IRA or Retirement plan.

For information on the Chowan County Community Foundation and its community fund, contact Robin Sams or Peggy Birkemeier, Senior Associate, at 252-491-8166; or visit the NCCF website at and click on “Affiliates.”

About the North Carolina Community Foundation:


The NCCF is a single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made nearly $63 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $130 million in assets, the NCCF sustains 1,000 endowments established to provide long-term support for a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 60 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 66 counties across the state. An important component of the NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit or the North Carolina Community Foundation page on Facebook.

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Peggy Birkemeier

NCCF Senior Associate




Noel McLaughlin, APR

Director, Marketing and Communications

North Carolina Community Foundation



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