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:
- $40,000 to Albemarle Hopeline to support comprehensive services for survivors of intimate partner violence in Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.
- $50,000 to the Bertie County Rural Health Association (BCRHA) for transportation assistance for patients in Bertie, Chowan, Hertford, Martin, Northampton and Pitt counties. BCRHA provides high-quality primary care services and support, such as health education, translation and transportation, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.
- $44,500 to Carousel Child Advocacy Center to support healing and foster resilience in children victimized by physical or sexual abuse. Carousel Child Advocacy Center’s vision is to build resiliency in children to strengthen Brunswick and New Hanover counties.
- $50,000 to Dunn United Ministerial Association for food assistance for people in Cumberland, Harnett and Sampson counties. DUMA is a ministry of Dunn-area churches and brings people together to serve the local community through food and financial assistance.
- $38,000 to the Onslow County PEERS Family Development Center to support outreach. PEERS is a program designed to offer Parents Education, Empathy, Rapport and Support. All services at PEERS are for the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Onslow County.
- $25,000 to the Pretty in Pink Foundation to provide uninsured and under-insured breast cancer patients in eastern North Carolina with financial assistance for quality, life-saving medical treatment.
- $50,000 to Profound Ladies for the Spread the Love Tour: Equipping Women of Color Educators to Strengthen their Eastern NC Communities. Profound Ladies recruits and retains Black, Indigenous and Women of Color educators and equips them with mentorship, training, leadership and career development pathways in Cumberland, Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford, Nash and Pitt counties.
- $50,000 to Ripe for Revival for the Mobile Market program serving Beaufort, Craven, Edgecombe, Greene, Halifax, Hertford, Lenoir, Nash, Northampton, Pamlico, Pitt and Wilson counties. Ripe for Revival aims to “Revive Communities Through Food,” addressing food insecurity through farming, education, and food distribution.
- $50,000 to Ruth's House for the Building Bridges to Safety program. Ruth’s House offers a safe shelter for those fleeing domestic violence as well as supportive counseling and court advocacy services in Beaufort, Hyde, Martin, Pitt and Washington counties.
- $50,000 to Scotland Memorial Foundation for Mammo on the Go, a mobile mammogram program, bringing free mammograms to Robeson and Scotland counties, both served by the Scotland Health Care System.
- $25,000 to The Salvation Army of Rocky Mount for the Joshua's Challenge Literacy Program, a proven approach that helps more students to read on grade level by the end of third grade. The program serves students from Edgecombe and Nash counties.
- $48,000 to Tried By Fire, Inc., for My Sister's House: Safe Shelter for Justice-Involved Women. My Sister’s House provides temporary shelter for women in a monitored, supportive environment after their release from prison and serves Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Pitt counties.
- $29,500 to Wesley Shelter, Inc., for general operating support. Wesley Shelter provides emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis line, advocacy, counseling, legal and supportive services in Wilson County to those who are in crisis as a result of domestic or sexual violence and to women and children who are homeless.
“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!"
“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.”
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.
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