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

Thank you to all our donors who helped us in this year’s Giving Together program! Through our collective giving, we were able to reach our goal and raise $285,000 to fund this year’s grantees. Read more about this our grantees and their projects below.

2019 Giving Together Partners

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

Black Family Land Trust, Inc (Awareness)
About: The Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT) incorporated in 2004, based in North Carolina, is one of the nation’s only conservation land trust dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowners assets. The BFLT utilizes the core principles of land conservation and land-based community economic development to achieve their goals. They measurably improve the quality of life for landowners, by providing families with the tools necessary to make informed, proactive decisions regarding their land and its use.

Project: The Black Family Land Trust (BFLT) will be engaging an audience of environmentally focused people of color and supporters in podcast style interviews. BFTL will promote learning concepts of how landowners of color in the Triangle region of NC can utilize “homegrown” strategies to remain sustainable and conserve family land. This podcast will focus on interesting life stories and land strategies that will focus on one interview each from Wake, Durham, Chatham and Orange Counties.

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City of Oaks Foundation (Awareness)
About: The City of Oaks Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and youth development organization closely aligned with Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. Their mission is to preserve Raleigh’s natural treasures, connect children (and adults!) to nature, and ensure a great outdoors for a great Raleigh!

Project: The City of Oaks Foundation is partnering with the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department to create a publicly supported neighborhood youth conservation program, modeled after the successful Neighborhood Ecology Corps of the Center for Human Earth Restoration. The program will offer site-based experiential learning to underserved populations so that young people can take ownership of the environmental health and well-being of their own neighborhoods.

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El Futuro (Public Benefit)
About: Since forming as a nonprofit in 2004, and despite drastic reductions in public funding for community-based mental health care, El Futuro has grown to become North Carolina’s trusted resource for trauma-informed, culturally-responsive mental health services. El Futuro is a one-of-a-kind place where Spanish speaking immigrants can access culturally-responsive mental health services. They are a community-based program, founded as a volunteer effort in 2001 to meet the otherwise unmet need for bilingual mental health services for the growing Latino immigrant community in North Carolina.

Project: In 2018, with TCF and other support, El Futuro launched Phase 1 of a 3-phase effort to beautify the green space next to our new Lakewood clinic, and to preserve this natural space for therapeutic benefits and community vitality. This proposal requests support for Phase 2, which will focus on developing the front portion of the space into a playspace and gathering area, as well as pedestrian walkways along the back hill to ensure safe and easy access to the services at the Shoppes at Lakewood.

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Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (Awareness)
About: The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association envisions a living creek connecting human and natural communities in Durham. ECWA raises awareness of Ellerbe Creek and its watershed by working to increase understanding, consideration, and support in the broader community. ECWA works to protect, restore, promote, and be an advocate for the creek, the watershed, and the natural features, biological communities, and ecological habitats they contain.

Project: Growing Greener in Goose Creek is a community engagement project focused on equity, community empowerment, accessibility to parks and water quality improvements. The project will continue community engagement around implementing a select Parks with Purpose project identified by the community. The project will also help build community capacity to protect Goose Creek through hands-on workshops, a Creek Smart internship, and participatory budget application support to community members.

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Extra Terrestrial Projects (Awareness)
About: Extra Terrestrial Projects is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit that is dedicated to finding new ways to explore, understand, and protect the world that surrounds us. They connect city-dwellers with wildlands, environmental stewardship, and science through play. Their current program areas include connections to habitat through food, music, and design. Their ultimate goal is to help build pathways to sustainable futures.

Project: Extra Terrestrial Projects proposes a series of events and dialogues across the Triangle that encourage equitable conservation frameworks—connecting biophysical benefits with equitable community benefits. The project has 3 components: sharing stories and amplifying connections to home; community dialogues about connecting conservation with equitable community benefits; and growing the movement of equitable green infrastructure.

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Friends of the DPS Hub Farm (Public Benefit)
About: The Hub Farm’s mission is to improve the academic achievement and well-being of students in Durham Public Schools through experiential outdoor learning. The Hub Farm is a 30 acre farm, forest and aquatic outdoor learning center in Durham, NC. They engage students, teachers, and the greater Durham community in environmental stewardship, health and nutrition, and career development. Their diverse community network and strong institutional partnerships leverage the physical resources on the farm for the health and nutritional development of Durham’s students. The Hub Farm is a central component in a healthier school system where interdisciplinary instruction supports physical activity, food awareness, and outdoor experiences.

Project: Since 2016, the Hub Farm partnered with Durham County Soil & Water to hire high school interns for summer training and hands-on experience in green infrastructure. They will continue this educational career training program in 2019. This year, interns will install and restore rain gardens, pollinator beds, and riparian buffers at 5 local schools and community centers, as well as restore a defunct irrigation pond at the Hub Farm into a meadow and meandering stream.

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Haw River Assembly (Awareness)
About: The Haw River Assembly was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization, to protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, and to build a watershed community to support that effort. Our mission is to promote environmental awareness, conservation and pollution prevention; to speak as a voice for the river in the public arena; and to put into peoples’ hands the tools and the knowledge they need to be effective guardians of the river. Our Haw Riverkeeper advocates for clean water, and against threats to the river.

Project: This grant will help continue their current organizing and advocacy for greater conservation and environmental protections as Chatham Park is built. The nearly 8000 acre mega-development is adjacent to the Haw River, Jordan Lake and the Lower Haw River State Natural Area, threatening water and air quality on a regional scale. They’ve increased public support for conservation of these valuable resources, and momentum needs to continue as Pittsboro makes critical decisions.regarding Chatham Park.

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Learning Outside (Awareness)
About: Learning Outside is committed to giving children experiences in the outdoors that enhance their current lives and learning and that instill in them a love of the natural world and a lifelong commitment to stewardship. The key to their mission is serving individuals who do not have ready access to quality outdoor learning experiences.

Project: Trekkers Afterschool Nature Club is for at-risk, minority, middle school youth. Trekkers learn about nature and gain confidence in themselves, while being outdoors, the foundation for environmental stewardship. Trekkers use new outdoor skills and practice collaboration at each end of semester camp-out. This project is a continuation of last year’s grant, continuing to enhance our program location and sustain the program at a meaningful level, providing each child lasting experiences in nature.

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North Carolina Botanical Garden (Public Benefit)
About: The North Carolina Botanical Garden is a “conservation garden.” Their guiding mission is to inspire understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and to advance a sustainable relationship between people and nature.

Project: This planning project will bring American Indian and other stakeholders together to create a plan for designing and growing a conservation-oriented garden on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus which will: feature indigenous, culturally significant plants; create a gathering place to celebrate American Indian culture; assist and affirm American Indian students in adjusting to life on campus; and serve as a botanical and cultural teaching tool for the greater community.

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Orange County Partnership for Young Children (Awareness)
About: The Orange County Partnership for Young Children was founded as a nonprofit agency in 1993, as the first Smart Start agency in the state. The mission of the Partnership is to ensure that all young children arrive at school healthy and ready to succeed. The Partnership serves as the administrator for the Smart Start Early Childhood Initiative and the More at Four Program in Orange County. Through the Partnership’s Smart Start and More at Four grants, they promote young children’s healthy development and school readiness by planning and funding a variety of programs that address the critical issues facing young children and their families. Their programs concentrate on early childhood education, children’s health, early intervention, parenting education, and family support.

Project: Growing Up Green will focus on raising awareness for preschool children, their teachers and families about conservation. The program will include educational sessions for children and teachers on recycling and re-use, gardening and composting, water conservation and the importance of land protection and open space. They will connect the new program with their existing programs focused on literacy, STEAM education, and Farm to Preschool in childcare centers in Orange County.

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Piedmont Conservation Council (Awareness)
About: Piedmont Conservation Council, Inc. (PCC) is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that is community-based and regionally-focused. PCC addresses natural resource conservation and development issues in its service area, which includes Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Guilford, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham and Wake Counties of North Carolina. Their mission is to leverage people and resources for innovative projects that promote conservation and sustainable communities.

Project: The Orange County Water Quality Project will develop and implement an environmental education pilot program focused on increasing awareness and knowledge of water quality issues within the Eno River and Little River watersheds and their impact on the water quality and ecological health of the Neuse River Basin. The project will target Orange County 4H students and their families and promote collaboration between different local and regional environmental conservation entities.

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Transplanting Traditions Community Farm (Awareness)
About: Transplanting Traditions Community Farm mission is to provide refugee adults and youth access to land, healthy food and agricultural and entrepreneurial opportunities. The farm provides a cultural community space for families to come together, build healthy communities, and continue agricultural traditions in the Piedmont of N.C.

Project: The goal of this project is to 1) continue to build upon the progress made during the planning and initial implementation of the project in order to address challenges and opportunity areas and 2) to progress towards programming that aligns conservation principles with the core values on sustainability and social justice central to TTCF and 3) ensure programming is financially sustainable in the short and long term.

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Triangle Bikeworks (Awareness)
About: Triangle Bikeworks is a nonprofit focused on youth leadership. Their flagship program is named Spoke’n Revolutions Youth Cycling. Spoke’n Revolutions provides adventures that promote teamwork, strengthens communication, deepens interpersonal responsibility and compassion, and heightens sensitivity to the natural environment. Their programs provide youth with a world of opportunity for self-discovery and confidence building. They give teens a space to connect with their peers while being given leadership and mentoring opportunities.

Project: The Spoke’n Revolutions (SnR) youth development program is an adventure-based bicycle touring program with an educational focus on the cultural and natural histories of the youth of color Triangle Bikeworks serves. Their programs develop youth leaders that are confident in the outdoors, advocates for the environment and themselves, and successful students. The new SnR Excursions program was created to offer middle schoolers similar programming to the longer summer program in shorter, 3-day tours.

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Triangle Land Conservancy (Public Benefit)
About: Triangle Land Conservancy strives to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region by safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature through land protection and stewardship, catalyzing community action, and collaboration. They see the Triangle region as an increasingly healthy and vibrant place to live where wild and working lands are protected and everyone has access to open space, clean water, and local food.

Project: Celebrating Community at Walnut Hill is the culmination of the collaborative planning and community outreach efforts of the past two years to prepare the Sarah and Bailey Williamson Preserve at Walnut Hill for a public grand opening in April 2020. TLC will build the first 5 miles of trails, craft and install historical interpretation displays and trail markers, and curate a unique celebration of this regional destination of recreation and model of regenerative agricultural and conservation.

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YMCA of the Triangle Area (Public Benefit)
About: For more than 160 years, the YMCA of the Triangle has strengthened the very foundations of the community they serve. They are proud of their diverse community and are passionate about being a positive force for good. They serve people from all walks of life in the Triangle area through YMCA memberships and programs. They’re committed to nurturing the potential of children through Youth Development, improving the nation’s health and well-being by promoting Healthy Living, and fostering a sense of Social Responsibility by providing opportunities to give back and support neighbors.

Project: The Y, with partners Wake Co Public Schools, DHIC & others, is building a full-facility YMCA, a Pre-K-5th grade school, & 120 units of affordable housing on 32 acres in Southeast Raleigh to mitigate the impact of poverty through Collective Impact. Walnut Creek divides the YMCA property from the Capital Area Greenway & a bridge is needed to connect to the Greenway, providing access to the YMCA, school, & natural areas and exercise options for the users of the YMCA/School/Housing Development.

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Past Initiatives

Giving Together: Community Development 2017 partners

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