CarolinaEast Foundation

OVERVIEW: This health legacy funder supports the North Carolina counties of Craven, Pamlico, Jones, Carteret, and Onslow. Applications can be submitted for two grant cycles per year.


IP TAKE:  This funder prioritizes cancer-related causes. From camps for kids to transportation to receive care, cancer-focused nonprofits fare well with CarolinaEast.

PROFILE: The CarolinaEast Foundation is based in New Bern, North Carolina, and is a health legacy funder in the Southeast. It seeks to promote health in the region, “support the healthcare community,” and “assist individuals with healthcare needs.” The foundation was established in 1996 as the Craven Regional Medical Center Foundation with a geographic focus on Craven, Pamlico, and Jones Counties. When the medical center became more deeply integrated with the Health System in 2010, the foundation took on its current name and expanded to serve Carteret and Onslow Counties as well.

This foundation prioritizes the region's health, with support in various forms. One big area of support is the SECU Comprehensive Cancer Center. A hospice fund was established here in 2011 in honor of a cardiologist who passed away due to a brain tumor. This is managed as a restricted investment for the hospice home project for when the project becomes active again.

CarolinaEast has two grant cycles per year. Nonprofits can make one request per year. There is typically an application deadline in December for a February payout and a July deadline for an August payout. Grant seekers must submit an original plus ten copies of applications to the foundation via mail. The forms can be downloaded from the funder’s website.

Most of the donor funds here are given to CarolinaEast’s unrestricted fund so that the foundation can use them where needed most. There are also named funds here that address topics like women’s wellness, children with cancer, and mental health.

In addition to grants, CarolinaEast offers a patient assistance program that helps patients in need with expenses not covered by insurance. This help can include gas cards to get to and from treatments, and assistance with prescriptions and medical equipment. Providers must refer patients to the foundation to receive this assistance.

Grant seekers can find information about foundation events, such as nursing appreciation dinners and golf tournaments to benefit cancer care, here. To raise money for grants, the foundation also hosts a breakfast with Santa, a doctor’s day, and a bridge run on the Neuse River Bridge to raise money for several local nonprofits.

In a past year, the foundation reported over $9 million in total assets. Current financial data can be viewed here. Nonprofit grant support has exceeded $224,000 annually in recent years. Meanwhile, patient assistance has exceeded $155,000 recently.

The foundation’s address is 2007 B Neuse Boulevard, New Bern, North Carolina 28560. Phone is 252-633-8247. General email inquiries can be directed to the staff at The foundation is run by Executive Director Jill Shumate Thompson and also includes a donor relations manager, office administrator, and administrative assistant on staff.


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