As part of its effort to serve underserved areas of the state, the North Carolina Community Foundation has launched two affiliates in Duplin and Robeson counties.
With the new affiliates, the foundation now serves nearly all regions of the state seriously in need of community-based philanthropy, says Beth Boney Jenkins, the foundation’s southeastern regional associate.
“Now it’s about growing and strengthening the affiliates we do have,” says Boney, whose region includes 11 counties, including those served by the new affiliates.
Jim Byrne, president of the new Robeson County Community Foundation’s 16-member board, says its immediate task is to get the word out about its plans, and let people know it wants to complement existing local philanthropies, not compete with them.
“We’ve got a lot of poverty problems,” he says, “and the county needs all the help it can get in the form of these charities.
Richard Harrell, president of the Duplin County Community Foundation, says representatives of the new foundation have emphasized in meeting with community leaders that the new funds want to help generate additional dollars to address local needs.
“I think people like the sound of that,” he says.
In addition to helping organize their boards, the foundation helps new affiliates establish funds that can be used to make grants that can respond to a broad range of local needs.
As of June 12, the Robeson affiliate had $28,000 in its fund and the Duplin affiliate had $55,000.
Both boards plan to start the grantmaking process in 2007 with the help of the statewide foundation.
Established in 1988, the $105 million-asset North Carolina Community Foundation works as the central back-office for its more than 60 local affiliates that serve roughly 65 counties in the state.
It administers over 1,000 charitable funds that make more than $3 million in grants a year to charitable causes, and provides legal, accounting, data processing and communications services.