NCCF allocates from its Disaster Relief Fund to support Hurricane Matthew victims

Published 10:44 am Friday, December 30, 2016

The North Carolina Community Foundation is allocating grants from its Disaster Relief Fund to support recovery efforts related to Hurricane Matthew and flooding in affected areas of the state, according to Rodney E. Martin, chair of NCCF’s grants committee and statewide board member.

The Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation, a local affiliate of NCCF, has distributed $10,920 to date. The board directed the grants to:

$5,460 to NC Baptist Men for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief in Bertie County; and

$5,460 to NC Conference – United Methodist Church for Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts by the NC Methodist Men for Bertie County

NCCF’s Disaster Relief Fund was established to support mid- to long-term, unmet needs and does not compete with ‘boots on the ground’ organizations established to raise funds for more immediate relief. Grants will go directly to nonprofit organizations serving the needs of local communities. NCCF’s other local affiliate foundations serving affected counties are also in the process of determining the nonprofit agencies that can best provide assistance in their areas.

NCCF has received gifts from across the state, country and even the world, according to NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside. No portion of the funds will be used for the Foundation’s administrative or operational expenses, an approach NCCF is also encouraging among local grant recipient agencies.

“We have been struck by the quick and caring generosity we’ve witnessed during the weeks since we activated the NCCF Disaster Relief Fund,” Tolle Whiteside said.

She said that NCCF especially wanted to acknowledge the generosity of the Tides Foundation, on recommendation of the Google Foundation; AT&T; F.N.B. Corporation; the Humana Foundation and the Oak Foundation.

The Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation was established to help donors create and build endowments to meet their philanthropic goals, make grants to local nonprofit organizations and support community needs in Bertie and Hertford counties. The BHCF is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation. Board members include: Laura M. Beasley (president), John Tayloe (vice-president), Marti Tyler (secretary-treasurer), Austine Evans, Carole Everett, Richard Hoggard, Robert Lee, Anna Pierce, Karen Ray, Penny Rose, Lindsay Vaughan and Ron Wesson.

The North Carolina Community Foundation is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has made $116 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $222 million in assets, NCCF sustains 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships. The NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at local, regional and national levels.

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