The Unifour Foundation Inc. Endowment held its 12th annual grants award celebration in Hickory recently, awarding $200,000 to 25 Catawba Valley nonprofits.
Unifour has awarded $2.4 million to the community since the fund was created in 1999.
This year’s generous grant totals follow a significant pattern of philanthropy that the Unifour Foundation Endowment Fund began many years ago.
The Unifour Foundation was established when the Hickory Merchants Association sold its local credit reporting company to a national company. The proceeds enabled the establishment of the Unifour Foundation, Inc. and for several years funds were managed and administered through a private foundation.
In 1999, the board of the Unifour Foundation, Inc. gifted funds to NCCF to establish an endowment – The Unifour Foundation Endowment Fund. This continually successful fund is a donor-advised field-of-interest fund that promotes general welfare among citizens in the four counties that comprise the Unifour area: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba.