Connecting To Community

{"tinyMCE_dummy":"","title":"Connecting To Community","url":"\/2021-impact-report\/connecting-through-community","meta":{"title":"","description":"","excludeFromSitemap":"No"},"ordinal":3,"content":"","excerpt":"","media":0,"custom":{"impact2021":{"masthead_title":"","masthead_image":"","intro_title":"","intro":"","by_the_numbers_title":""},"impact_connecting":{"title":"Connecting to Community","content_1":"<p>Our affiliate boards helped to keep us connected to the <a href=\"\/communities\">communities we serve<\/a> during a time when it was easy to feel disconnected.<\/p>","subheading_1":"The Power of Local","content_2":"<p>Our affiliate foundations awarded over $1.1 million in grants in 2021, providing direct local resource allocation and community assistance. NCCF&rsquo;s affiliate foundations collectively garner over 1,200 grant applications and our affiliate foundations made nearly 500 grants.<\/p>\r\n<p>NCCF for the first time provided our donor advised fundholders a summary of the grant applications submitted to the affiliate foundation in their county. Donors were able to review the grant applications made to their local county affiliate to determine if there is a community need that they would like to support.<\/p>\r\n<p>With the strength of its affiliate network, NCCF is uniquely positioned to provide fundholders with an on-the-ground look at community needs from local nonprofits, said Meredith Bell, NCCF donor engagement officer for the Central region.<\/p>\r\n<p>Sam Willis, whose family has an endowment with NCCF, used the information provided by NCCF to make grants at the end of 2021 to Children&rsquo;s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas, Montgomery Central High School, Montgomery County 4-H Program, Mount Gilead Food Pantry, Town of Troy and Trinity Music Academy.<\/p>","green_quote_1":"\u201cHaving this resource helped me to understand where I could fill in some gaps in funding to support the nonprofits in Montgomery County. Without this information from NCCF, I would have never known this need existed.\u201d","green_citation_1":"Sam Willis, NCCF fundholder","subheading_2":"Staying Connected","content_3":"<p>We welcomed 100 new board members through a series of virtual orientation sessions, grounding all of us in shared goals and creating common and clear expectations so that we can ensure all our communities benefit from local philanthropy.<\/p>\r\n<p>As part of making those connections, we continued our Virtually Together series, bringing together affiliate board members from all over North Carolina to discuss topics critical to affiliate foundation success.<\/p>\r\n<p>We also launched our Presidents Exchange forum, providing an opportunity for idea-sharing and network development for our affiliate leaders across the state.<\/p>","subheading_3":"Racial Equity","content_4":"<p>At NCCF&nbsp;we believe everyone should have a community where they can learn, grow and thrive.<\/p>\r\n<p>We also know that historically, opportunity in America has depended on who you are and where you come from. Policies, practices and beliefs rooted in this history still affect people today.<\/p>\r\n<p>Ensuring our boards are inclusive and reflect our communities is part of our Blueprint for Success for our statewide network of local affiliate foundations. As leaders in philanthropy and in our communities, we also believe there are critical steps we need to take together to address equity and inclusion. We have a role in opening dialogue, building connections, and creating opportunity for insights and changes.<\/p>\r\n<p>We also believe that in order to partner effectively with our communities in making lasting and effective changes, we first must start from within. In 2021, we engaged the nationally recognized Racial Equity Institute (REI) to provide an educational session for our staff, statewide board of directors and our affiliate leaders. REI uses stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature.<\/p>\r\n<p>Representatives from over 50% of NCCF affiliates participated in the fall sessions. Affiliate board members who participated found it was relevant to their work serving on their local affiliate foundation boards.<\/p>","green_quote_2":"\u201cPrior to the webinar I thought I was aware of most of the issues involving racial inequality. 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