NC Community Foundation’s affiliate grants program goes online
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Community Foundation has introduced an online process for the community grant-making cycle. The move will simplify the far-reaching grants program conducted by NCCF affiliate foundation partners across the state. Last year affiliates made 350 awards totaling nearly $500,000.
The resource savings for grant applicants, review committees and NCCF staff will be significant, according to Sarah Taylor, NCCF program associate. “We’re extremely excited about the new online system, which will save both time and money for nonprofits and review committees,” she said. “Online grants also will allow us to be better stewards of our resources and the environment.”
Good Done Great was selected as the technology partner for this project. The company’s online application system has received excellent reviews, Taylor said. Foundations and nonprofits report that the process is easy, logical and intuitive.
One of NCCF’s primary roles is to help build capacity, according to CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. “The time and money saved throughout this new process will allow nonprofits to focus on mission-critical work and affiliates to better serve community needs,” she said
The new system also has implications for future grant-making cycles. Nonprofits will be able to save information throughout the 2011 application process and store it for future applications. The review process will be strengthened and streamlined.
Affiliate grants committees will have online access to submitted applications, allowing more time to review proposals and select programs with the most potential and impact for their local communities, Taylor said. Reviewers will have access to new tools for easy collaboration and communication throughout the process.
NCCF staff will guide and support applicants and advisory boards throughout the entire
GRANTS ONLINE RELEASE/Page 2
grants process. Regularly scheduled workshops for grant seekers will include information about
using the new system and training sessions for review committees. Instructions, FAQs and an online training video to guide applicants and reviewers will be available on the NCCF website, www.nccommunityfoundation.org. NCCF staff will be available to help answer questions and to provide guidance.
NCCF is among several community foundations moving to an online grants application process, according to Tolle Whiteside.
About the NCCF
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 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 nccommunityfoundation.org or the North Carolina Community Foundation page on Facebook.
# # #
Noel McLaughlin, APR, Director, Marketing and Communications
North Carolina Community Foundation