The board of the Unifour Foundation Endowment has awarded $253,690 in community grants. The grants support the following priorities: food insecurity, early childhood education, substance use and mental health, community needs and human services, and the arts.
The board awarded five grants totaling $50,000 that address food insecurity and scarcity to the following organizations:
The board awarded five grants totaling $50,580 for improving early childhood education to the following organizations:
The board awarded eight grants totaling $89,135 to address substance use and mental health to the following organizations:
The board awarded nine grants totaling $38,975 to address community needs and human services to the following organizations:
The board awarded five grants totaling $25,000 in support of the arts to the following organizations:
Lee Rogers, the Unifour Foundation Endowment’s advisory board president, expressed her gratitude to the members of the community who continue to support the work.
“I want to thank the community for its support of the Unifour Foundation,” she said. “These nonprofit programs are vital to our community and are making a real difference in the lives of our residents.”
The Unifour Foundation Inc. was created in 1996 with the proceeds from the sale of the Hickory Merchants Association's credit reporting company to Equifax. The Unifour Foundation Endowment was then established with the North Carolina Community Foundation in 1998. The Unifour Foundation Endowment promotes general welfare among citizens in the four counties that comprise the Unifour area: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell and Catawba.
A diverse advisory board of directors reviews applications and makes selections for grant funding. Members of the advisory board are elected based on their knowledge of the community and their areas of expertise, and reside within, work in, or own property in one of the Unifour Endowment’s counties. Members have a background understanding the needs of the Unifour area and are familiar with the outreach programs serving the population.
In addition to Rogers, board members include Tamara Coley (president-elect), Suzan Anderson, Clinton Annas, Becky Gibbons, Marshall Jolly and Grey Scheer.
The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered more than $217 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $400 million in assets, NCCF sustains more than 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships.
NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.
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