The Carlsen Fund



Application Deadline

April 16, 2021

Funding by invitation to nonprofits working in Chatham County communities.

True to the intent of Arthur Carlsen’s vision, the founding selection committee of the Carlsen Fund has supported Chatham County nonprofit organizations with funding since 2008.  In that time, more than $1 million has been distributed throughout the community for direct human services, the arts, food security, education and more.  As the Foundation continues to learn about the needs in the community and the organizations doing good work, the support of the Carlsen Fund will be even more broadly deployed, reaching deeper and wider into Chatham County communities.

Arthur Carlsen was a man of the world and a man of many ideas.  After settling in North Carolina, spending his final years at Fearrington Village, he created the Arthur Carlsen Charitable Fund at Triangle Community Foundation to support the community he came to call home.

Arthur Carlsen was born in New York City on October 24, 1915, where he lived until the late 1930’s.  Arthur married Alice Lee Yeats in Puerto Rico in 1942.  He and Alice Lee were successful retailers and owned many stores through their lives, including seven in Puerto Rico and one in Fearrington Village.  They traveled extensively around the world buying merchandise for their business.  They had no children, nieces or nephews.

In the months before he died, Arthur put great thought into how he would be remembered and what his legacy would be.  Since he had no blood relatives, he decided to leave the majority of his accumulated wealth to Triangle Community Foundation to benefit Fearrington Cares and other community organizations.  Arthur Carlsen died on September 24, 2006 in Chatham County, one month shy of his ninety-first birthday.  Triangle Community Foundation is honored to play a role in helping to share Arthur’s legacy.


This is an invitation-only process. Applicants will be asked to make their submissions by email.

Please reach out to us if you have questions PRIOR to the deadline!