The North Carolina Community Foundation announces the opening of a $500,000 grants program in eastern NC from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment. This program is the second annual competitive cycle from the Endowment, continuing to support nonprofit programs serving education, health, human services and general operations in 41 eastern counties.
Grant awards will continue to range from $25,000 to $50,000. Preference will be given to proposals benefitting women, the elderly and children and youth and programs supporting southern North Carolina, including Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson and Sampson counties.
Applications will be accepted this summer, beginning in June and closing at the end of July. The full request for proposals and a preview of the application will be available on our website beginning June 1.
In 2018, the Endowment held its first competitive grants cycle, awarding $500,000 to nonprofits across eastern North Carolina. In the program’s first year, more than 120 nonprofit programs applied, requesting more than $5 million from the $500,000 grants availability.
NCCF learned a lot through the process, according to Leslie Ann Jackson, vice president of community investment and engagement. “Last year we opened the program wide, accepting applications broadly from programs serving the Endowment’s interests,” she said. “We were able to more clearly identify the proposals best suited for the fund, and now, we can apply those lessons by refining our request for proposals and shining a light on those ideas and solutions that rose to the top last year, as well as some that seemed to be missing.”
The Endowment will defines focus areas as follows:
Education benefits students, teachers, school personnel within pre-K, K-12, 2- and 4-year college and university education systems with a goal of escalating school success.
Health includes services that yield positive impacts on the health (physical and/or mental) and well-being of people and communities.
Human Services addresses basic human needs - food, clothing, shelter and safety.
“With only one year of the program completed, we still have a lot to learn from our nonprofit partners in eastern North Carolina,” Jackson said. “Last year’s grantees give some idea of what this program favors, but we know that there are many more needs and solutions out there that would be a good fit for this Endowment.”
NCCF was proud to announce the establishment of the $20 million Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment in 2015. The endowment has been granting to Burevitch’s named nonprofits since then, when the plan was announced for a portion of the fund to grow before commencing the competitive portion of the grants program last year.
“Mrs. B,” as Burevitch was known to her friends, was a Wilmington native whose generosity was well-known in southeastern North Carolina and beyond. The story of her philanthropy can be found here.
“We are only at the start of this permanent program that will continue to have a tremendous impact across eastern North Carolina and benefit generations to come,” Jackson said. “Thanks to Mrs. B’s generosity, the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment will cement her legacy as a philanthropist who cared deeply for her community.”
Grants awarded in 2018 were:
$40,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Edenton/Chowan County
$42,500 to Communities In Schools of Robeson County
$50,000 to the Coastal Horizons Center, Inc. in New Hanover County
$40,000 to the Coastal Women's Shelter Inc. in Craven, Jones and Pamlico counties
$30,000 to the Down East Partnership for Children in Nash and Edgecombe counties
$35,000 to the Open Door Community Center in northeastern NC
$50,000 to Step Up Wilmington in southeastern NC
$42,500 to Reach Out and Read in southeastern NC
$35,000 to Student Action with Farmworkers in eastern NC
$35,000 to Teach For America ‐ Eastern NC, focusing on Sampson and Duplin counties
$30,000 to Transitions LifeCare in Harnett, Johnston and surrounding counties
$35,000 to TROSA (Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers, Inc.) in eastern NC
$35,000 to Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, Inc.