Dec. 15, 2008

RALEIGH – The Women’s Network – Connecting for Change has awarded grants totaling $104,000 to Interact and SAFEchild, according to Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, president and CEO of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

“We had a number of deserving applicants, and the grants committee did an outstanding job of carefully reviewing proposals and conducting their due diligence so our membership could vote on our second-year recipients,” Tolle Whiteside said. “Both of these programs have a proven track-record of making an impact in Wake County.”

Interact will receive $58,000 to fully implement and maintain 24/7 crisis-line access to its qualified counselors and services. SAFEchild will receive $46,000 to fully fund Welcome Baby, which is a cost effective home-based mentoring program designed to ensure infant well-being

The Women’s Network is a NCCF program designed to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating its membership, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening the Wake County community through the impact of collective giving.

Members of Wake County’s Women’s Network agree to contribute $1,200 annually for five years to support Wake County needs. To date, 108 Wake County women have joined the group. For information about joining the network or applying for a 2009 grant, contact Jeanne Lawson, NCCF regional associate, at

About the NCCF:

The NCCF is a statewide community development organization created to build capacity through philanthropy. As of fiscal year-end March 31, 2008, the NCCF administered more than $117 million in assets that sustain nearly 1,000 endowment funds established to provide long-term support of a broad range of charitable needs, nonprofit organizations and scholarships. The NCCF partners with 59 affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance in 65 counties across the state, with an emphasis on underserved areas. For more information visit

News media contact:

Noel McLaughlin
Director, Marketing and Communications
NC Community Foundation


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