Fund-holder information to go out soon

Fund statements and documents detailing information about fund-holders’ available grant dollars for 2012 are being prepared and will be sent to fund-holders in mid-February.

Grants and scholarship seasons begin

Community grants cycles begin for several of our affiliate foundation partners in February. (See separate news item about the online grant-making process.) Scholarship season also begins in February. Complete details will be available in mid-February.

New members join NCCF’s statewide board

Laura Beasley of Colerain and James M. Parrott Jr. of Kinston were elected to the statewide board late last year.

Beasley has served on the board of advisors of the Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation since 1999 and is the current chair. She also is a founding member of the Bertie-Hertford Women’s Fund and has extensive experience in the area of rural philanthropy. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Parrott is president of Parrott Farms in Kinston and worked for Wachovia Bank for 22 years. He currently serves on the board of visitors for the University of North Carolina’s Institute for the Environment and the Ram Neuse Board, which is developing a museum to house an ironclad gunboat stationed in Kinston during the Civil War. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill.

Holding award for 2011 announced 

Robert R. Mauldin of Rocky Mount and Blowing Rock received the Lewis R. Holding Philanthropic Leadership Award for 2011. He was chosen for his instrumental leadership on the statewide board and as the founding president of the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount, which has awarded nearly $550,000 to the Rocky Mount area since it began in 1997. 

The Holding award was established to recognize exceptional affiliate and/or statewide board leadership in honor of NCCF founder Lewis R. Holding.

Scholarships awarded for 2011-2012 school year

NCCF has awarded nearly $829,000 in scholarships and educational grants for academic year 2011-2012.

The NCCF has awarded $610,929 in direct scholarship aid to students from across North Carolina, representing 332 scholarships to 291 students. Of these, 105 scholarships were awarded to first-generation college students. The Foundation also has contributed another $217,779 in grant money to educational institutions for the purpose of awarding scholarships to students attending these schools.

Direct scholarships have been awarded to recent high school graduates and other qualified adults seeking higher education at public and private universities and community colleges. Scholarship endowments are held by the NCCF for most of its 60 affiliate foundations statewide.

The scholarships are among 1,965 grants totaling more than $6.8 million that the NCCF awarded last fiscal year, a record amount for the Foundation.

NCCF gets top four-star rating for fourth time

Charity NavigatorCharity Navigator has updated the way it analyzes nonprofit organizations, and NCCF is pleased to report that we remain a four-star agency according to their latest measurements.

The nonprofit watch-dog now looks at a more in-depth series of metrics, including financial performance; accountability and transparency; and accessibility of key information from our website. This is the first time in 10 years the rating service has altered its approach to evaluations.

The NCCF page on Charity Navigator graphically depicts at-a-glance how we rate in these various categories.

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