Community foundation awards more than $50K in grants to local organizations

The UNCW Board of Trustees will soon see new faces. (Port City Daily)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Since the North Carolina Community Foundation started in 1988, it’s delivered over $180 million in grants to help sustain regional nonprofits, organizations and other community needs, including scholarships, as part of its 1,200 established endowments. The local affiliate, New Hanover County Community Foundation (NHCCF), announced its 2021 contributions Friday.

It will funnel $50,060 in local grants to community organizations and charitable causes.

The money has been pulled from NHCCF’s grant-making fund, Lucille Murchison Marvin Fund, Food Bank of Coastal Carolina Fund, 1898 Memorial Endowment, and Suzanne and George Taylor Endowment. The funds will go toward relieving food insecurity across the tri-county region, as well as helping child welfare services, race-relation progress, and general charitable work.

Grants awarded include:

  • $1,770 — Bread for Life Senior Pantry for general operating support
  • $2,500 — A Safe Place (The Centre of Redemption) for the Minor Prevention Program
  • $7000 — Cape Fear Guardian ad Litem Association for the “Help A Kid Be a Kid” Initiative
  • $1,000 — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh for the Mobile Food Pantry Program
  • $2,500 — Coastal Horizons Center for general operating support of the Rape Crisis Center for New Hanover County
  • $5,000 — Coastal Therapeutic Riding for the Minority Children Community Outreach Program
  • $5,000 — Domestic Violence Shelter & Services for general operating support
  • $4,150 — Family Promise of the Lower Cape Fear for the Homeward Bound Project
  • $4,100 — Five 14 Revolution for the Operation Hotel Outreach Project
  • $2,210 — NSEA Swim for the NSEA Swiminclusion Project
  • $5,000 — One Love Tennis for general operating support
  • $1,770 — St. Jude’s Metropolitan Community Church to support the Food Programs
  • $5,560 — Switchin’ Gears to support the Kids Bike Mechanic Mentoring program
  • $2,500 — Young Men’s Christian Association of Southeastern NC to support the Y Afterschool program for New Hanover County children

“We are proud to support these nonprofit programs that are so vital to the community,” Patrick Boykin, board president, said in a release. “We are grateful to the many generous individuals and organizations that have supported our work to inspire philanthropy across our community.”

The foundation is made up of an all-volunteer board to help create community assets through partnerships that help address local needs. Its board members, in addition to Boykin, include Justin Burgess (vice president), Anna Van Rens Taylor (secretary), Charles Earney (treasurer), Jon Alper, Ned Barclay, Ron Copley, Eldridge Dodson, Stephen Gaskins, Frank Gibson, Martin Green, Patrick Moore, Hollis Moye Ray, Jane Rippy, Frankie Roberts and Kristi Sullivan.

The board welcomes community members to become local philanthropists by opening an endowment for a personal cause and contributing any amount, all of which is tax-deductible. For more information on how to donate, or how to apply for future local grants, click here.

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