It’s important to get the word out about grants your organization receives from NCCF’s affiliate foundations and/or fund holders. Not only does it let the community know about your organization’s great work, but it can also encourage charitable giving and inform other nonprofits about the NCCF’s grant-making programs available through affiliates.

Receiving a grant through the NCCF’s community grantmaking program that our affiliates offer also lends credibility to your organization and its programs because it is a competitive process. Resources are limited and needs are great in every community we serve, so local grants committees employ a thorough evaluation process before making grants recommendations each year. This is also the case for many grants processes offered through all NCCF fund holders.

While NCCF’s regional associates generally publicize and announce the affiliates’ grant awards as a group each year, your organization may want to go into more detail about your funded programs. Members of the news media are interested in hearing directly from the nonprofit because you are the most knowledgeable about your programs and results.

If you have any questions, email the regional associate representing your area or Noel McLaughlin, NCCF director of marketing and communications.

Acknowledging your grant:

Be sure to acknowledge in all publicity, exhibits, publications, social media and on your website the source of your grant. If you received a grant from one of our affiliate foundations, you are expected to cite the affiliate foundation name in publicizing and acknowledging your grant. Please include the name of the local affiliate foundation, also noting that funds are administered through the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF on second reference is fine).If you need help determining the exact name of the affiliate foundation that awarded you a grant, feel free to contact the NCCF regional associate serving your area or check our affiliate listing online here. If you received your grant from a fund holder, be sure to cite the name of the fund.

Grant recipient publicity suggestions:

  • Include news of your grant in any publications your organization distributes. This includes news releases, newsletters, brochures, annual reports, board minutes, lists of supporters, etc.

  • Don’t forget your website and social media outlets. These outlets will allow you to link directly to NCCF’s website and/or the appropriate affiliate foundation page.

  • Contact the local news media. Include community newspapers, special interest publications and local TV and radio stations, with either a news release or a personal phone call.

  • Per above, the local NCCF community foundation affiliate’s name should be included in all communications channels. Contact the regional associate serving your area if you need the logo of your affiliate community foundation or use the NCCF logo available here. If your grant is from a fund holder, be sure to provide the name of fund. This information is always included in the letters and other paperwork that accompanies your grant check.

  • Please provide NCCF with any digital pictures, videos or YouTube links of your program. The NCCF may promote your program through news stories in our publications, on our website or via our social media outlets. Pictures are the best way for people to see the work your organization does. Please be sure all people in the photograph or video have signed a release, available here. This is essential for minors.

  • Acknowledge your grant. Use the following language to acknowledge your grant from an affiliate foundation or fund holder:

This grant was made possible by the NAME OF FUND of the NAME OF AFFILIATE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation.

This project was funded (or funded in part) by a grant from the NAME OF FUND
, which is administered by the North Carolina Community Foundation. 

For a description of the NCCF, use the following:

The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $101 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $237 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 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 67 counties across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.

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Here is a sample news release template. You can use this to help draft news releases.

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