Our Giving Together program increases impact by pooling Foundation and donor resources to support strong organizations and collaborations making a difference in our community. By encouraging collective giving with our generous fundholders for critical issues, we can better support a strong ecosystem of nonprofit organizations in the Triangle. The nonprofit partners highlighted through Giving Together are doing critical work in our community helping people in need, and we believe in them.

Current Initiative

The Foundation’s Community Development Program aims to address cycles of poverty through unrestricted, two-year funding. This year we received 122 proposals requesting a total of $4.2 million. Staff alongside a volunteer advisory committee identified 15 strong organizations that are making a critical impact locally.

Thank you to all our donors who helped us in this year’s Giving Together program! Through our collective giving, we were able to raise $400,000 to fund our Community Development partners. Read more about this year’s partners and their projects below.

Giving Together: Community Development

Chapel Hill Carrboro Meals on Wheels |Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA Food Pantry) |Community Success Initiative & Communities in Partnership |Durham Community Land Trustees |El Futuro |Families Moving Forward |Inter-Faith Council for Social Service | LGBTQ Center of Durham | Families Together |Rebuilding Together of the Triangle |Refugee Community Partnership |The Hope Center at Pullen |The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History ||Western Wake Crisis Ministry|Wheels4Hope |

Chapel Hill Carrboro Meals on Wheels
About: Chapel Hill Carrboro Meals on Wheels (CHCMOW) nourishes the bodies and spirits of the homebound with a balanced meal and the human connection their clients need to live independently. CHCMOW delivers a hot, balanced meal along with a daily check-in, Monday-Friday, to older adults, homebound adults, adults with disabilities and those convalescing, who do not have access to, or the ability to prepare, a healthy meal in order to improve health, alleviate hunger, and reduce isolation and loneliness.


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Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA Food Pantry)
About: Chatham Outreach Alliance (CORA Food Pantry) provides food to individuals and families within our community who are in need during difficult personal economic periods.


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Community Success Initiative & Communities in Partnership
About: Community Success Initiative & Communities in Partnership (CIP) provide information and resources to help formerly incarcerated people and others who find themselves entangled in the criminal justice system, developing, or enhancing their leadership ability while reducing crime through community collaboration. They create justice advocacy leaders, assist clients with entrepreneurial pursuits, particularly because employment for justice-involved individuals continues to be a huge barrier. CIP’s mission is to organize and develop long-term residents, especially those residents of color and low wealth, to work towards racial, social, and economic liberation.” They prioritize community building, leadership development, and collective action, while addressing the inequitable balance of power across race, class, and gender in the community.


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Durham Community Land Trustees
About: Durham Community Land Trustees’ mission is to build strong communities by developing, managing and advocating for permanently affordable housing that offers Durham residents with low and moderate incomes a stable foundation for achieving economic security.


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El Futuro
About: El Futuro’s mission is to nurture stronger familias to live out their dreams. They do this by providing proven, culturally-responsive and trauma-informed mental health and substance use treatment and case management services to Latino families across central NC.


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Families Moving Forward
About: Families Moving Forward offers a temporary home to families with children in the crisis of homelessness. Working together, they create a path to stability and self-sufficiency through personalized services and ongoing community support.


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Inter-Faith Council for Social Service
About: Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (IFC) confronts the causes and responds to the effects of poverty in our community. They believe in a community that meets everyone’s basic needs, including dignified and affordable housing, an abundance of healthy food and meaningful social connections.


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LGBTQ Center of Durham
About: The LGBTQ Center of Durham is committed to improving the quality of life for LGBTQ+ people in and around Durham through programming, resources, and networks of support; by acting as a hub for Durham’s LGBTQ+ community; by sharing and affirming all LGBTQ+ lived experiences; and, by educating our neighbors in order to enhance understanding of and sensitivity to LGBTQ+ issues.


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Families Together
About: The mission of Families Together is to move families in Wake and surrounding counties from homelessness to stable homes through mentoring, housing support and connection to community resources. They envision no homeless families in our community.


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Rebuilding Together of the Triangle
About: Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT) works to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize neighborhoods by providing home repair and renovation services free of charge to those in need.


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Refugee Community Partnership
About: In a region with some of the worst economic disparities in the state, refugee and immigrant residents face persistently closed doors, driving cyclical poverty, housing insecurity, and barriers to critical services. Refugee Community Partnership builds personalized ecosystems of resources, relationships, and opportunities to enable and sustain social mobility among forcibly displaced communities.


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The Hope Center at Pullen
About: The Hope Center at Pullen connects youth aging out of foster care in Wake County with the resources and support they need for a successful transition to adulthood.


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The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History
About: The Marian Cheek Jackson Center for Saving and Making History’s mission is to honor, renew, and build community in Northside and Pine Knolls, historically Black neighborhoods in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.


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Western Wake Crisis Ministry
About: Western Wake Crisis Ministry envisions a brighter future for all by cultivating a healthy, hunger-free and housing-stable community. We made plans to bring this vision into reality by partnering with those in crisis, helping them gain stability through basic supports for food, financial/housing assistance, education and opportunity.


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About: Wheels4Hope is a faith-based nonprofit organization dedicated to helping economically vulnerable families and individuals by providing them reliable, affordable vehicles.


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Past Initiatives

Environmental Conservation 2019

Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $285,000

Black Family Land Trust, Inc. | City of Oaks Foundation | El Futuro | Ellerbe Creek Watershed AssociationExtra Terrestrial ProjectsFriends of the DPS Hub FarmHaw River AssemblyLearning OutsideNorth Carolina Botanical GardenOrange County Partnership for Young Children |Piedmont Conservation Council (Awareness) | Transplanting Traditions Community FarmTriangle Bikeworks | Triangle Land ConservancyYMCA of the Triangle Area

Community Development 2017

Total raised from generous donors: $150,330 | Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $225,330.

Club Nova Community Community Health Coalition, Inc. | Durham CAN (Congregations, Associations and Neighborhoods) | Durham Center for Senior Life | El Centro Hispano | Fostering Youth Opportunities Collaborative |  Johnson Service Corps | LIFE Skills Foundation | Rebuilding Together of the Triangle (RTT) | SEEDS | Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) | Threshold Inc | UNC Refugee Mental Health and Wellness Initiative | White Oak Foundation, Inc. Women’s Center of Wake County

Innovation Award: 2017

Total raised from generous donors: $24,000| Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $49,000. Five finalists competed for the 2017 Innovation Award, with Bridge Builders winning the $25,000 grant.

Durham Waste Revolution | Preservation Equity | UpCycle to Break the Cycle | Chatham Senior Games Training Program | Bridge Builders

Community Development: 2016

Total raised from generous donors: $41,550 | Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $86,050

This funding was granted to ten of our past community development partners – Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, Inc. | Compass Center for Women and Families | Community Empowerment Fund | Dress for Success Triangle | Durham Economic Resource Center | Families Moving Forward (previously Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network and Genesis Home) | Farmworker Advocacy Network (led by Student Action with Farmworkers) | Passage Home, Inc. |Rapid Rehousing Collaborative (Led by Housing for New Hope in partnership with Durham’s Partnership for Children, Families Moving Forward, and Urban Ministries of Durham)  | Triangle Family Services

Youth Literacy: 2016

Total raised from generous donors: $45,000 | Total granted after the Foundation’s contribution: $90,000

This funding was granted to nine of our past youth literacy partners – Book Harvest | Communities In Schools of Wake County | The Hill Center | Kidznotes | Learning Together | Marbles Kids Museum | Read and Feed | WakeEd Partnership | YMCA of the Triangle