Community Foundation of Burke County

OVERVIEW: This funder supports a very wide range of causes through its funds in Burke County, North Carolina. Their grant programs include a women’s fund and youth philanthropy fund.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, youth, cemetery maintenance, culture and history, deaf and hearing impaired, environment, healthcare, human services

IP TAKE:  Grant seekers should pitch a pilot program that could be used as a model for other programs. This funder is known to award multiyear grants for this purpose.

PROFILE: The Community Foundation of Burke County (CFBC) was established in 2000 to serve the residents of this North Carolina county. It is based in Morgantown, North Carolina. It seeks to “encourage, develop and participate in philanthropy by providing flexible giving opportunities, professional support and responsible stewardship for the benefit of donors and qualified recipients.”

CFBC has awarded more than $8.8 million in grants to nonprofits and churches in the county. More than $4.9 million in grants came from endowed funds. In a recent year, the funder gave $975,350 in total grants and scholarships. It had assets of $21.5 million that year. Current financial data can be viewed on their About page.

CFBC funds groups only within Burke County, North Carolina; it does not provide grants or loans to individuals. In the past, grant applications have been made available in late June, with applications due in late July. CFBC runs various funds that donors can give contribute to and that nonprofits can receive money from. Funding priorities include animals, arts, broad charitable purposes, cemetery maintenance, culture and history, deaf and hearing impaired, education, environment, healthcare, human services, and unrestricted funds.

CFBC is home to the Burke Women’s Fund, which was created by 15 women in 2009. Its purpose is to pool grants among women in the county and provide financial support to local groups. Women’s Fund members vote on grant recipients; grant applications typically become available in December.

Burke Youth Organized Philanthropists, created in 2016, also operates under the CFBC. A Burke County native, Sara Black, is the director of this youth-focused philanthropy group, which involves local high school students and homeschool students in grantmaking. This fund began accepting grant applications in 2017.

New grant seekers can find downloadable applications for CFBC grants on their website. This funder prioritizes collaborations and emphasizes early intervention. Site visits usually take place in August and September, and the grants committee recommends finalists to the board in September. The foundation also awards scholarships through a variety of funds that have specific interest areas and academic focuses.

Direct general questions to the staff at or 828-437-7105. Nancy W. Taylor is the executive director of the foundation, and the only other staff member is a finance director, Theresa M. Golas. John F. Black Jr. is the president of the board. The funder’s address is 205 North King Street, P.O. Box 1156, Morgantown, North Carolina 28680.


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