* Duke Endowment, Charlotte, awarded over $108 million in 2003 to groups in Carolinas, down 7 percent from 2002, while market value of endowment’s assets totaled nearly $2.3 billion on Dec. 31, 2003. Education grants totaled $36.5 million, including nearly $27 million for Duke University and nearly $3.3 million for Furman University, while grants totaled nearly $41.3 million for health care in Carolinas, $12.9 million for children’s welfare, and $11.7 million for rural United Methodist churches and retired ministers in North Carolina.
* Community Health Services, Charlotte, received $5,000 from Verizon Foundation, philanthropic arm of Verizon Communications, to help fund health literacy program.
* Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas, Raleigh, received two grants from Duke Endowment, Charlotte, including $45,000 to expand agency’s special needs adoption program, and $32,000 to provide training and technical assistance to Lutheran congregations throughout Carolinas through congregational and community partnerships program.
* Guilford County Hotel/Motel Association raised $16,000 through 7th Annual Taste of the Triad, and will donate funds to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greensboro to benefit children in Guildford County.
* Victory Junction Gang Camp, Randleman, received $1 million from Nextel Communications; $500,000 from thousands of credit union members and employees in the Carolinas; $150,000 each from Energizer Holdings and Harris Teeter; eight racecar simulators built by Pro-Image 2, Microsoft and the NASCAR Technical Institute; and a $675,000 pledge from Sam and Priscilla McCall, and David Moon, owners of Priscilla’s Lingerie in Greensboro, to sponsor an arts and crafts center.
* Victory Junction Gang Camp, Randleman, received $1 million from Nextel Communications; $500,000 from thousands of credit union members and employees in the Carolinas; $150,000 each from Energizer Holdings and Harris Teeter; eight racecar simulators built by Pro-Image 2, Microsoft and the NASCAR Technical Institute; ; and a $525,000 pledge from local residents Sam and Priscilla McCall, and David Moon, co-owners of Priscilla’s Lingerie, to sponsor an arts and crafts center.
* East Carolina University, Greenville, received anonymous gift of $152,000 from alumni and her husband to create endowed chair in literature of American South named for Ralph Hardee Rives, retired English professor. Donors plan to add significantly to initial gift.
* Mental Health Association in Forsyth County, Winston-Salem, received $3,000 from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals to be used for operating funds to provide free community-wide mental health educational programs such as depression and anxiety screenings.
* Cannon Foundation, Concord, giving $25,000 to North Carolina Zoological Society, Asheboro, to support education facility for intern and professional training to North Carolina Zoo.
* Hospice & Palliative CareCenter, Winston-Salem, awarded $10,000 grant by Winston-Salem Foundation to develop and launch support teams as an initiative of Community Partnership for End of Life Care.
* Board of directors, Arts & Science Council, Charlotte, approved $11.97 million in grants, including more than $10.7 million for basic operating grants to 27 cultural affiliates, $86,000 for community cultural connections grants and more than $1.1 million to its project partners.
* YWCA Central Carolinas, Charlotte, received $5,000 grant from Goody’s Headache Powder to fund literacy and Spanish-language instruction for two after-school sites, Union County.
Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Raleigh, donated 75 acres of property at Elk Mountain north of Asheville to National Park Service.
* Golden Leaf Foundation, Rocky Mount, made grants of $200,000 to town of Beaufort to provide water and sewer service to area that is home to Carteret County’s largest manufacturing employer; $121,250 to Northeast Economic Development Commission, Edenton, for certification of business and industrial sites; $60,000 to town of Princeville, Edgecombe County, for census recount; and $40,000 to Raeford/Hoke Economic Development Commission, $16,230 to Sampson County and $5,964 to Stanly County, all for industrial site certification.
* United Way of Central Carolinas will provide $40,000 grant to United Negro College Fund, United Way’s first partner agency, for academic scholarships and emergency assistance.