The board of the Unifour Foundation Endowment recently announced $251,680 in local community grant awards. Improving early childhood education, alleviating substance use, and addressing food insecurity in the Unifour area were core priorities in grantmaking decisions.
This year the board granted five grants totaling $90,000 for improving early childhood education to the following organizations:
They granted three grants totaling $47,500 for substance use and mental health to the following organizations:
They granted seven grants totaling $59,680 for addressing food insecurity and scarcity to the following organizations:
They granted twelve grants totaling $54,500 for health and human services to the following organizations:
Jamie Treadaway, board president, thanked the community for its continued support of the Unifour Foundation. “We are proud to support these nonprofit programs that are so vital to the community,” he said. “We are grateful to the many members of our community that have supported our work.”
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 NC 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 on the basis of 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. 2021 Unifour Board members include Jamie Treadway, President; Lee Rogers, President-Elect; Clinton Annas; Sam Avery; Tamara Coley; Chip Huffman; and Grey Scheer.
Since 1999, the Unifour Foundation Endowment has awarded more than $4.7 million in grants. Grants have generally ranged between $5,000 and $10,000.
The NCCF is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made more than $184 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $290 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. The 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. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.
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