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.

FUNDING AREAS: Health

IP TAKE:  Cancer-related causes are big with this funder. 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. 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 is solely focused on 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.

In a recent grant cycle, the foundation awarded $134,700 in grants to 14 local groups. Grantees in that round included the NC Dental Health Fund, New Bern Parks and Recreation, the Hope Clinic, and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. The grant cycle before that saw $89,500 in total awards.

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. Grantseekers 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.

You’ll 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 recent year, the foundation reported over $1.4 million in total assets at the beginning of the year and over $4 million at the end of the year. Current financial data can be viewed here. Nonprofit grant support has exceeded $210,000 annually in recent years. Meanwhile, patient assistance has exceeded $157,000 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 foundation@carolinaeastfoundation.com. 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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