Davie Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: DCF has a competitive application process for community grants in the areas of youth and literacy. The funder also provides capacity building support to nonprofits.

FUNDING AREAS: Youth, literacy, capacity building for nonprofits

IP TAKE: Summer camps are a priority for this funder. Grant seekers should pitch a unique idea to engage youth in education outside of the classroom.

PROFILE: The Davie Community Foundation (DCF) is based in Mocksville, North Carolina, and serves the needs of Davie County. It seeks to “provide pathways for caring people to leave a legacy that will shape the future of [the] community.” This foundation was established by six men in 1988 with a $500 gift from George W. Martin.

DCF provides church and nonprofit grants to specific groups for which donors created funds. The board approves these distribution amounts in January. There is also a competitive application process for DCF’s community fund grants. The current focus of DCF for these grants is youth and literacy. Only programs that benefit residents of the county are eligible. DCF provides capacity-building grants for nonprofit strengthening as well. Applications for the competitive grant program are typically due in February. Applicants are notified of the board’s decision by April 30.

In a past year, the funder made $128,349 in grants for Davie projects and organizations from its community grant program. Recipients include Kinder Camps at elementary schools, Camp AU-Some “Under the Big Top” camp, and camps for STEM education and summer reading.

The Healthy Davie Initiative was launched in December 2014 alongside the Mebane Charitable Foundation to support the region in the areas of education, health, and poverty. Preschool students have been the focus of this effort.

Donor-advised fund grants are made through DCF, as well as staff development grants made through the Wendy and Mike Brenner Staff Development Fund held at DCF. In addition to grants, the funder provides scholarships through many scholarship funds, each with its own requirements and focuses.

The DCF's Pearls of Empowerment, a women’s giving group, supports local programs that address social issues affecting women and children. The grant application for this program is typically available between June and August with awards made in November. Over $35,000 was awarded from this fund in a recent year; Pearls of Empowerment has its own leadership team.

Like other community foundations in North Carolina, this one has a youth philanthropy group. It is called SURF Board Youth Grantmakers: it was founded in 2005 to teach local youth about giving and to award grants to issues young people care about. Past SURF Board support has supported Davie High Hunger Fighters and the Wake Forest Baptist Health David Medical Center Volunteers.

The foundation is run by President/CEO Jane Simpson, and there is also a program manager and office and communications manager on staff. Dr. Joel Edwards, MD, is the chairman of the board of directors.

General information requests can be sent to the staff at info@daviefoundation.org or 336-753-6903. The DCF address is 107 North Salisbury Street, P.O. Box 546, Mocksville, North Carolina 27028. Keep up with this funder's activities and interests at its news and events section.


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