Community Needs Assessments: A Grantmaking Tool Available to You

As a fundholder at the North Carolina Community Foundation, you benefit from our connections to 60 counties statewide through our affiliate network.

Each year NCCF program officers create a Community Needs Assessment (CNA) for affiliate foundation boards to enhance the effectiveness of their grants programs. The assessments summarize county-specific data from respected, non-partisan sources and trusted community partners.

This local data includes health, education and economic indicators, such as unemployment and housing, and are presented to each affiliate board in advance of their grant cycle to help inform decisions.

“Our affiliate foundation board members know so much about their communities already,” said Tyran Hill, NCCF’s Program Officer for western North Carolina. “The community needs assessments add another layer of information for board members to consider in their grantmaking strategy.”

With 2022 CNAs now available upon request, we want to make sure fundholders know about this tool that can be used to help guide grantmaking decisions. (See an example of a CNA.)

Fundholders have many important causes they support, and the CNAs can help fundholders discover other significant community needs that may be of interest.

“Often, people have very valuable narrative information about needs in their own communities but CNAs offer an opportunity to consider both ‘the narrative and the numbers,’” said Leslie Ann Jackson, NCCF’s Vice President of Community Investment and Engagement. “Because of the active philanthropy of NCCF’s affiliate foundation network, CNAs are a ready resource accessible to our fundholders as well.”

Want to get a copy of a CNA and learn more about a particular community’s needs? Reach out to your donor engagement officer to get a copy of a CNA for your community.

Kim Ball
Donor Engagement Officer - Eastern NC
Email
(252) 288-5706
Meredith Bell
Donor Engagement Officer - Central NC
Email
(919) 256-6914
Jeanne Dairaghi
Donor Engagement Officer – Western NC
Email
(828) 618-6060
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