This is the month to celebrate philanthropy!
November is Nonprofit Month, has a week dedicated to community foundations (Nov. 12-18) and celebrates National Philanthropy Day Nov. 15. The Foundation has a lot to celebrate. NCCF has administered the distribution of more than $68 million in grants and scholarships over the past quarter century, and last year alone distributed $7.4 million through 2,104 grants and scholarships!
We realize that key to our success is our statewide network of affiliate foundations. We’re presenting a feature called “The ABC’s of Affiliate Work,” which was culled from one-liners presented on most of our affiliate foundations’ work this past year at our Affiliate Forum held in October. What better way to acknowledge this month-long salute to philanthropy in all of its many forms than to tip our hat to the work and strength of our affiliate network of 60 local community foundations serving 67 counties across the state.
The ABCs of philanthropy -- a la affiliates!
To raise money for its unrestricted grantmaking fund, the Alleghany County Community Foundation holds an annual wine tasting and dinner that has been well attended by fundholders, past board members and community leaders; these dinners have raised more than $10,000 over the past two years.
The Avery Community Foundation has focused on addressing the issue of college affordability by creating a new fund dedicated to providing college scholarships to Avery County students.
The Beaufort-Hyde Community Foundation, as a result of responding to needs from Hurricane Irene, has become more informed and engaged in efforts to support local food pantries and the Food Bank of the Albemarle, which provides services throughout the northeast region of North Carolina.
The Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation created greater awareness within a large donor and fundholder group, helping them to re-focus efforts to grow existing endowed funds, while at the same time providing disaster relief services following tornadoes and Hurricane Irene.
The Carteret Community Foundation continued its excellence in fundraising capabilities with its spring golf tournament and participation in the annual local seafood festival to increase their funds for grant distribution.
The Cary Community Foundation has adopted eight strategic initiatives for 2012 and is harnessing the work of an active committee system to accomplish each one.
The Catawba Valley Community Foundation helped initiate and hosts a Capital Campaign Review Committee for Catawba County made up of local funders, business and nonprofit leaders. The committee enables local nonprofits to better coordinate major fundraising campaigns.
The Cherokee County Community Foundation collaborated with the NCCF state board of directors to ensure that disaster relief funds were available to meet community needs after the spring tornadoes.
The Chowan Community Funds has reached out to educate nonprofits and donors through special programs and has engaged in community conversations led by the Golden Leaf Foundation that will benefit the community.
The Clay County Community Foundation board collaborated with local officials and The Golden Leaf Foundation to ensure the local affiliate had a place at the table during recent grant meetings.
The Columbus County Community Foundation made $5,000 in grants to six local nonprofits.
The Craven County Community Foundation reaped the benefit of years of outreach to professional advisors by celebrating the creation of two significant funds established through estate gifts. (one in excess of $1 million, the second in excess of $4.5 million).
The Duplin County Community Foundation once again partnered with the Muscadine Harvest Festival Benefit to raise money for the local endowment fund.
The Eastern Band of Cherokees Community Foundation connected their grants committee with the committee of a local fund to ensure a grant to the local hospital to benefit children.
The Edgecombe Charitable Foundation uses its grant funds and scholarships to specifically focus on educational enrichment in Edgecombe County. Grants range from engineering camps to library books to a new scholarship fund for nursing students.
The Franklin County Community Foundation has two grants cycles – one from their unrestricted endowment and one set up especially for Franklin County public school teachers. This gives the affiliate board the unique opportunity to grant out and support the community twice during the year.
The Graham County Community Foundation collaborated with the GREAT organization – Graham Revitalization Economic Action Team -- to promote building endowments to strengthen Graham County.
The Greene County Community Foundation held their annual Mardi Gras' Open House and exceeded their previous fundraising efforts while WOWING the guests with their culinary talents!
The Harnett County Community Foundation was on the ground helping to identify the organizations that provided immediate response to the victims of last spring’s tornadoes.
The Haywood County Community Foundation collaborated with another local community foundation to ensure grant dollars were well distributed throughout the county.
The Jackson County Community Foundation has connected local nonprofits dealing with hunger issues to broaden the areas of impact.
The Johnston County Community Foundation paid site visits to some of their grantees and strengthened relationships with those nonprofits.
The Jones County Community Foundation has focused its efforts on raising awareness for the youth of the county by funding programs for at-risk youth.
The Lee County Community Foundation collaborated with the United Way to ensure there were disaster relief funds to meet the longer-term needs of those affected by the spring tornadoes.
The Lenoir County Community Foundation has created a strategic planning group, aptly named "The Next Step," to study fresh ideas for raising visibility in the community and thereby increasing their community fund.
The Macon County Community Foundation took the initiative to speak to town officials about collaborating with them to distribute grant money in a more equitable fashion.
The Madison County Community Foundation has been a catalyst in getting non-resident property owners involved in local fundraising efforts to strengthen their unrestricted fund.
The Martin County Community Foundation has ‘welcomed’ home several new funds from former residents, all focusing on opportunities for youth.
The Moore County Community Foundation co-hosted a gathering of social and civic clubs to explore the impact of local giving circles.
The Montgomery County Fund continued to tap local donor-advised fundholders in order to increase their grantmaking capacity.
The New Hanover County Community Foundation’s board used a strategic planning retreat to define goals for board recruitment, community engagement and the growth of its endowment and associated funds.
The Northern Albemarle Community Foundation is actively engaged in three grant-making funds: the community fund, the Woman’s Fund and the Jaycees Fund, reaching out with collaboration to support a greater scope of services to local organizations in the four-county service area.
The Onslow Caring Communities Foundation board recruited two new members and put plans in place to double its endowment by 2017.
The Community Foundation for Randolph County used a strategic focus for their grantmaking dollars on assisting people with basic needs.
The Robeson County Community Foundation celebrated its biggest grant year ever as it awarded more than $6,300 to nine local nonprofits.
The Rockingham County Community Foundation has been very intentional in recruiting new board members who represent the many different townships in this large county.
The Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount co-hosted an IRS Tax-Exempt workshop for over 90 area nonprofits with the Rocky MountArea Chamber of Commerce and Upper Coastal Plain SCORE, an organization that provides technical assistance to small businesses and nonprofits.
The Vance County Community Foundation visited professional advisors to let them know about the advantages of talking with their clients about their charitable intents and how the Vance County Community Foundation can help clients keep local dollars local.
The Wake County Community Foundation reached out to dormant donor-advised fund holders to let them know the advantages of allowing the affiliate advisory board help make decisions on distributions from their funds, thereby activating their funds and expanding distributions to nonprofits.
The Warren County Foundation visited a grantee that contributes emergency food and clothing to their underserved region, and got press coverage that raised their visibility.
The Watauga Community Foundation hosted a “funders roundtable” with the goal of sharing information, exploring opportunities for partnership and creating dialogue among local funders that could lead to increased collaboration and collective impact.
Members of the Wilkes Community Foundation attend grant recipients’ board meetings to present awards, share information about the affiliate, creating mutually beneficial opportunities for publicity and increased awareness within the community.
The Wilson County Community Foundation formed a Community Leadership Task Force that will include fundholders and other community leaders to identify critical issues in the community.
The Yadkin County Community Foundation held its recent annual dinner and gave the Spirit of Philanthropy Award in memory and tribute of a fundholder who had been an instrumental member of its advisory board in the early years and was known for her service to the community.