$550,000 awarded to eastern North Carolina nonprofit programs by NCCF

The North Carolina Community Foundation has awarded $550,000 in grants across eastern North Carolina from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment, an increase of $50,000 from previous years.

This is the sixth annual competitive cycle from the endowment, which supports nonprofit programs focusing on education, health, and human services in 41 eastern North Carolina counties. The 13 grants range from $25,000 to $50,000. This year the endowment awarded:

“We are beyond thankful for organizations like NCCF, through the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment, who are willing to join Ripe for Revival in our purpose to ‘revive communities through food,’” said Will Kornegay, founder and CEO of Ripe for Revival. “We cannot serve farmers and families across North Carolina without the support of like-minded individuals and organizations who are willing to invest in our programs knowing that we will steward resources well to create the greatest impact possible!” 

Left: Ripe for Revival’s mobile market brings locally grown produce directly to communities in need. Right: Shoppers at Ripe for Revival’s mobile market. Images courtesy of Ripe for Revival.
“When I dreamed of My Sister’s House, I never dreamt so many people would be impacted, including those who were not justice-involved! All I knew was that justice-involved women needed safety while implementing their goals and dreams as they re-entered society.” said Bonita B. Simmons, CEO of Tried By Fire, Inc. “Grants like this make dreams a reality.”

Left: Dining area and kitchen at My Sister’s House. Right: Welcoming front entrance of My Sister’s House. Images courtesy of Tried By Fire, Inc.
The Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment was established at the North Carolina Community Foundation in 2015. Grants are made to Burevitch’s designated nonprofits and through a competitive grants program. In total, the Burevitch endowment has awarded more than $8 million.

“Mrs. B,” as Burevitch was known to her friends, was a Wilmington native whose generosity was well-known in southeastern North Carolina and beyond. Burevitch passed away in September 2014, leaving behind a fortune that few knew she possessed. Her charitable giving was motivated by her generous nature and concern for the welfare of people and animals. Learn more about her philanthropy.

“We saw an increase in applicants and requested funding this year and we were grateful to be able to provide an additional $50,000 in grant funding from the endowment this year,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, President & CEO of the North Carolina Community Foundation. “Mrs. Burevitch cared deeply about the well-being of eastern North Carolina’s communities and we are proud to carry out her legacy.”

About the North Carolina Community Foundation
The North Carolina Community Foundation brings together generous people and connects them to causes and organizations they care about, with a focus on inspiring lasting and meaningful philanthropy in the state’s rural communities.  

With $400 million in assets, NCCF sustains over 1,200 endowments and partners with donors and a network of affiliates in 60 counties to strengthen our state. By stewarding and growing donors’ gifts, NCCF makes a powerful impact through a robust grants and scholarships program, awarding over $270 million since 1988.  

For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.

Media contact
Hannah Hogewood, Marketing & Communications Manager
hhogewood@nccommunityfoundation.org, 919-256-6901