Foundation takes stock – Donor services a priority

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — The Triangle Community Foundation will spend the winter and spring evaluating its grants program – and has combined its two grant cycles this year into a single fall cycle.

Darryl Lester, the foundation’s program director, said one goal of the self-scrutiny is to give the staff more time to match donors with community needs.

We want to engage more of our donors in the things they really care about,” he said.

Options that the foundation is considering include creating an open grant cycle, with no deadlines; shorter grant cycles with smaller grants handed out in each cycle; greater staff time devoted to individual donors; greater staff time devoted to community leaders and community issues; and a process to meet emergency community needs.

The foundation, with $75 million in assets, will launch its new grants process in August after the staff reports to its board in May. The staff will hold an information session in June to explain its new process to area nonprofits. The deadline probably will be Aug. 1 for submitting grant applications.

For information, call 919-549-9840.

— Todd Cohen

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