The North Carolina Community Foundation awarded a record $15 million in grants on behalf of fundholders and affiliates in fiscal year 2013-14, according to NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. This brings NCCF’s cumulative total of grantmaking to $89 million since the foundation’s creation 26 years ago.
More than 2,200 grants were administered by NCCF in fiscal year 2013-14, a record number for the foundation, Tolle Whiteside said. The foundation administers grants for donor-advised funds and community grantmaking programs through its network of 60 affiliate foundations throughout the state as well as other categories of endowments, including scholarships and those held by nonprofits, corporations, government agencies, small businesses and private foundations.
The largest grant category for last fiscal year was $7 million for human services. The second largest area of grantmaking was $3.9 for education-related initiatives. NCCF also administers a large number of direct scholarships, awarding nearly $600,000 that allowed 300 students to pursue their post-secondary education last academic year. (A full break-down of grant categories is detailed in NCCF’s online annual report here.)
“These grants make a significant impact on communities and the lives of many North Carolinians across the state,” Tolle Whiteside said. “It is our honor and privilege to serve as stewards of this philanthropy.”