RALEIGH -- A new endowment to benefit the Mountains-to-Sea Trail has been established with the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) to help sustain and extend the efforts of the popular footpath across the state.
The fund was established by the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail’s (FMST) board of directors, according to Kate Dixon, the statewide organization’s executive director. “We’re delighted to have an endowment that will help support the general operating expenses of our organization,” she said. “The endowment shows we intend for this initiative to be funded now – and into the future.”
The endowment is established as a statewide fund to help garner support throughout North Carolina, said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF’s CEO and president. “Several of our affiliate foundations and communities we serve throughout the state have supported the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, so this fund will have wide appeal,” she said. “We’re honored to help them establish a permanent source of income.”
Tolle Whiteside added that the endowment supports an endeavor that is important to the entire state. “Families, groups and individuals with an interest in preserving the beauty of North Carolina all benefit from the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which connects our communities,” she said.
Tax-deductible contributions payable to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail Fund can be mailed to the NCCF at 4601 Six Forks Road, Suite 524, Raleigh, NC 27609. Gifts also can be made online at www.nccommunityfoundation.org. For additional information about gifts, contact Jeanne Lawson at 919-256-6914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mountains-to-Sea Trail stretches 1,000 miles across the state from Clingmans Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to Jockey’s Ridge on the Outer Banks. While officially part of the state parks system, segments of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail are managed by different agencies and local governments. Local communities help connect the trail through links to greenways and urban trails. FMST represents a collaboration among local communities throughout North Carolina and includes trail groups, land trusts, federal and state land agencies, private landowners and the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation. All work together to build and maintain a growing footpath that currently spans 500 miles. FMST also provides volunteers, support and serves as a clearinghouse of information. For more information, visit www.ncmst.org.
The NCCF is the 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 of 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 nccommunityfoundation.org and Facebook.
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