This fall, 58 Triangle nonprofits will receive a Duke Community Care Fund grant in order to expand their programs, buy supplies or start new projects.
The Community Care Fund is a competitive grant-making program that is funded by Duke employee donations to Duke University and Duke University Health System’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign. Every year, nonprofits from Durham, Wake and Orange counties are encouraged to apply.
Out of the 121 Triangle nonprofits that applied for a Community Care Fund grant this year, 58 organizations will receive funding. Interest in the grant-making program has grown every year, with a total of 103 nonprofits applying in 2016 and 40 applying in 2015.
A Community Care Fund Review Team of 18 Duke employees spent months carefully reviewing all of the Community Care Fund applications. The Review Team received a total of $548,088 in funding requests but ultimately had $146,876 to award, intensifying the competition and highlighting the need for ongoing employee donations to the Doing Good in the Neighborhood giving campaign, which funds the Community Care Fund every year.
“Nonprofits poured a lot of heart into their applications and into their project descriptions, which made the grant-making process all the more difficult for our Community Care Fund Review Team members,” said Channa Pickett, co-manager of the Doing Good in the Neighborhood campaign. “These grants help local nonprofits achieve their annual goals and strengthen their community programming.”
Throughout the year on the Doing Good in the Neighborhood website, campaign staff will feature nonprofits and how they use their Community Care Fund grant. The grant application process for nonprofits will reopen in summer of 2018.
Here are the organizations that will receive a Community Care Fund grant this fall: