2020 Grantees Announced
We are excited to announce our 2020 Education & Empowered Youth grantee partners! These 28 local nonprofit organizations will receive $10,000 in general operating funds to support their work with youth ages 5-24 in the community in 2021.
2020 Partners & Programs
The following list of nonprofit organizations represent the partner grantees of the Foundation in conjunction with our focus areas; fundholders are not limited to granting to these organizations.
- Book Harvest
- Charles Hamilton Houston Foundation, Inc.
- Communities In Schools of Chatham County
- Durham Public Schools Foundation
- El Futuro
- Haven House Services
- Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County
- Juntos - NC State University
- LIFE Skills Foundation
- Loaves and Fishes Ministry, Inc.
- Neighbor to Neighbor
- Special Olympics North Carolina
- StandUp SpeakOut of NC
- Student U
- The Art Therapy Institute
- The CORRAL Riding Academy
- The Emily K Center
- The Hope Center at Pullen
- The White Oak Foundation, Inc.
- The Gifted Arts, Inc.
- Wake County Public School System (WAKE Up and Read)
- Walltown Children's Theatre
- World Relief Durham
- Youth Education for Savings Consortium
- Youth Villages
Meet Our 2020-2021 Student Advisory Committee
School: NC State University
Major: Technology, Engineering, and Design Education -- Graphic Communications
Career Goals: I love all things tech! My major allows me the opportunity to practically do anything related to graphics, animations, or just about anything in all of the engineering fields.
I decided to serve on this committee to not only represent diversity in the area but to be a voice for the students who feel like they do not have support. I hope to gain many connections across the Raleigh area through this committee. With those connections, I hope to be able to bless others by helping my fellow young people find those they find inspirational.
School: Wake Technical Community College
Career Goals: After graduation, I want to go to medical school to become a pediatric oncologist. I want a career that will help people, especially kids feel better on the inside and out. I want to inspire them to live life to the fullest. I am exploring my options, but I know I want to help people through science.
I joined this committee because I hope to meet new people as well as get inspiration from other people serving on the committee. I am serving on the committee to help students like me in the future. I want to give them the opportunity to be able to go to school and get a career that they love.
School: Durham Technical Community College
Major: Computer Science
Career Goals: I really want to build an app and a company to help refugees and low-proficiency English speakers to get their life going in the US.
I'm serving this committee because the Foundation will still receive new high schoolers' applications in the future, and I don't want them to struggle; therefore, I want to explain how the application process went to the Foundation hoping they will make changes for future scholarships recipients (Such as making the applications into one universal application process).
Career Goals: As an enrolled member of the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe, I have the desire to return to Hollister, NC and work in my tribal community with my people. By working daily in my tribal community using my knowledge obtained in college, I hope to make positive contributions to all those I serve and hope to inspire other Haliwa-Saponi youth to pursue a college education!
I am serving on this committee to represent the Native American population across the state of North Carolina. I look at this opportunity as my chance to be a positive role model to Native students across the state!
Featured Story: Innovations and inspirations brighten a changed world
This summer, we transitioned those summer camp grants to general operating support and chose to be flexible with that funding by telling our grantees we understood if summer programming couldn’t occur. We gathered these nonprofit leaders virtually twice to check in, and instead of plans being canceled we heard of so many creative, new plans being made. The innovation we’ve seen has been truly inspiring – even more so because we know that nonprofit staffers are also juggling working from home and caring for their own families while they focus on meeting the community’s growing needs.
The Immense Impact COVID-19 has had on Students
The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected students in our region. From concerns over learning loss, food insecurity, and scholarship restrictions to housing and mental health factors, students of all ages have had to make unexpected changes amid an uncertain future. In episode 4 of the What Matters Video Podcast, our guests highlight some of the challenges that students have had to make, and what's still needed to ensure they can all thrive.