Hickory – The North Carolina Community Foundation has introduced an online process for the Unifour Foundation Endowment Fund grant-making cycle. Since 1997 the Unifour Foundation Endowment Fund has granted more that $2 million to local nonprofit organizations. 

            According to Leslie Stewart, NCCF Development Officer, “We’re extremely excited about the new online system, which will save both time and money for nonprofits and local grant 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, NCCF Program officer, Sarah 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.

The Catawba Valley Community Foundation, the local affiliate of the NC Community Foundation, will host a free one hour training session for the Unifour Foundation endowment grant application Tuesday, March 8 at 1:00.  Please register for this training by emailing lstewart@nccommunityfoundation.org.  Instructions, FAQs and an online training video to guide applicants and reviewers will be available on the NCCF website, www.nccommunityfoundation.org. To access the application, link to Catawba Valley affiliate and select the Unifour grant application. 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.

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Leslie Stewart

North Carolina Community Foundation

828 328 1237






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