Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Almost $100K in grants awarded to three area nonprofits

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The only statewide community foundation has gifted $95,000 to three nonprofits located in the tri-county region.

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) has administered more than $243 million in grants for 34 years. It encompasses over 1,200 endowments, partners and a network of affiliates to gift grants and scholarships statewide.

Over five endowment cycles, it has supported programs that focus on education, health and human services. With help from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment, it awarded $500,000 to 15 grantees most recently, with allocations between $25,000 and $45,000. 

Founded in 2015, the Burevitch Endowment — named after Wilmington-native “Mrs. B,” as Burevitch was known to her friends — has doled out competitive grants since 2018, totaling $2.5 million.

The three awarded in New Hanover and Pender counties include:

  • $25,000 to A Safe Place (The Centre of Redemption) for general operating support. A Safe Place provides safe emergency housing to victims of trafficking/exploitation alongside comprehensive support services.
  • $25,000 to Diaper Bank of NC for providing free diapers, period products and adult incontinence supplies to low‐income women, children and seniors experiencing hygiene need in the Lower Cape Fear region, in partnership with local social service agencies.
  • $45,000 to Feast Down East for Farmers Fighting Hunger. FDE serves 30 farmers from 12 counties in the Cape Fear region, 11 of whom are people of color; 100 wholesale customers; and 10 underserved neighborhoods in New Hanover County.

“With this generous support, we will be able to provide clean, dry diapers to 2,000 babies, supply period products in schools so that students do not have to choose between going to class and having their period and ensure that senior citizens have the dignity items they need,” Michelle Old, CEO and founder of Diaper Bank of North Carolina, said in a press release. “When foundations team up with local family support organizations, significant needs can be met.”

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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