North Carolina Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This community funder works through many affiliate offices to address local needs in North Carolina. Broad topics of interest are education, human services, basic needs, arts, historical preservation, health, recreation, youth development, environment, and animal welfare.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, human services, basic needs, arts, historical preservation, health, recreation, youth development, environment, animal welfare

IP TAKE: This foundation is the gateway to many highly focused local funders. NCCF awards some grants itself, but the real value is its county-specific connections throughout the state.

PROFILE: The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is based in Raleigh and funds nonprofits in 67 counties in its statewide affiliate network. These affiliates are unincorporated charitable entities with local advisory boards to address community needs. This type arrangement has worked well in North Carolina to balance an on-the-ground local focus with the expertise of a large community foundation.

Charitable funds administered by NCCF include donor-advised funds, field-of-interest funds, designated funds, agency funds, scholarship funds, community unrestricted funds, and gift funds. Community grantmaking program funds support broad interests including education, human services, basic needs, arts, historical preservation, health, recreation, youth development, environment, and animal welfare.

Most of NCCF’s funding is connected to its affiliate foundations across the state. However, NCCF offers direct grants for some programs and to its women’s giving circles.

Affiliate offices address needs in different counties, as follows:

  • Western Office - Cherokee, Clay, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, Madison, and Swain
  • Northwest Office - Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Catawba Valley, which includes Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties; Mount Airy, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin
  • Northern Piedmont Office - Cary, Franklin, Granville, Johnston, Person, Vance, and Wake
  • Sandhills Office - Harnett, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, and Rockingham
  • Southeastern Office - Brunswick, Columbus, Duplin, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, and Sampson
  • Coastal Plain North - Edgecombe, Halifax, Nash, Northampton, Rocky Mount, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson
  • Coastal Plain South - Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico, and Pitt
  • Northeastern Office - Beaufort-Hyde, Bertie-Hertford, Chowan, Currituck-Dare, Martin and Northern Albemarle, which includes Camden, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans

Only nonprofits in NCCF’s affiliate network are considered for grants. Faith-based organizations cannot apply for general support but may request funding for social outreach and charitable services programs.

The foundation’s women’s giving programs aim to serve women, children, and families. There are nine such programs, and each has its own grant methods and guidelines. NCCF also works with several corporate grants programs, including the Biogen Foundation: Ignite the Power of STEM, Biogen: Adventures in Biotechnology, Duke Energy Community College Apprenticeship Grant Program, Duke Energy Water Resources Fund, and the Dan River Basin Grant Program for Rockingham County.

Information about competitive grants open to unsolicited applications is posted on the funder’s website. However, many other funds do not accept applications. The community grantmaking calendar can be viewed here. In addition to grants, NCCF also awards hundreds of scholarships every year.

In a past year, the foundation had total assets of over $191 million. Current financial data can be viewed here.

To reach the foundation’s headquarters, call 919-828-4387 or email info@nccommunityfoundation.org. Individual staff information, grouped by affiliate office, as well as staff bios, can be found on the funder’s website.

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