Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

2006 Total Grants     $1,516,710

The Foundation focuses its grantmaking in three areas: Children & Youth, Environment and Social Capital.

Children & Youth         $450,512

$15,000 to American Red Cross Greater Carolinas Chapter for Youth Health and Safety Programs serving six schools and 1,200 students in at-risk communities.

$30,000 to Carolinas Health Care Foundation to hire a nurse to educate school teachers and staff in the care of students with diabetes.

$22,906 to Catholic Social Services of the Diocese of Charlotte, Inc. for a Refugee Youth Program serving 45 families.

$35,000 to Citizen Schools to launch and support Citizens Schools Charlotte.

$50,000 to Council for Children’s Rights to fund a program director for Mecklenburg Families First initiative.

$10,000 to the Crown Jewels Chapter of The Links, Inc. for Career Coaching@PLC, a mentoring program with career counseling and development for 108 students at the Performance Learning Center.

$10,000 to the F.H. “Sammy” Ross Trauma Center at Carolinas Medical Center for sponsorship of the Youth Violence Prevention Conference.

$20,000 to Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council for The Power of One, a program serving 80 high school girls who work in small teams and explore career opportunities, local colleges, and financial aid resources.

$25,000 to Latin American Coalition, Inc. for Alliance for Latin American Students, an after-school leadership development program for Latino students.

$104,506 to Partners in Out-of-School Time for general operating expenses.

$37,500 to Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation for the Community Care Cruiser, a “doctor’s office on wheels” serving youth who lack access to critical health-care services including developmental screening, primary care, immunizations, prenatal care, preventive education, and asthma prevention and treatment.

$30,000 to Prevent Blindness North Carolina to fund photo-refractive vision screenings for 1,875 children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg childcare centers.

$30,000 to the Urban Restoration for the West Charlotte Out-of-School Services Program serving 265 at-risk students at two sites.

$30,600 to YWCA of the Central Carolinas to add a staff Family/Education Coordinator and hold a series of parenting workshops.

Environment     $288,464

$284,664 to the Carolina Thread Trail for the creation of 500 miles of interconnected greenways across 15 counties.

$3,800 to the Lee Institute to facilitate a brainstorming and planning session to guide the Environment Committee in a strategic direction for its convening funds.

Social Capital   $360,229

$158,829 to Community Building Initiative to support Crossroads Charlotte, a long-range public engagement initiative designed to transform Charlotte’s civic landscape.

$25,000 to Community Building Initiative for operating expenses.

$20,000 to Community Building Initiative for Front Porch Grants that promote bridging social capital at a grassroots level and address some dimension of diversity through a broad range of activities.

$10,000 to Help Empower Local People for the Institutes for Public Life project, a semi-annual gathering between grassroots leaders and organizers.

$30,000 to Hispanics in Philanthropy for N.C. Funders’ Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities to provide capacity-building grants and training for Latino nonprofits.

$80,000 to Levine Museum of the New South for The Newcomer Project, a multi-year initiative leading to an exhibition that will explore traditions of both longtime and new residents.

$30,400 to N.C. Center For International Understanding for the Latino Initiative, a program that provides resources to create practical solutions for successfully incorporating immigrants into their communities.

$1,000 to UNC-Charlotte Urban Institute for “Changing Face of the New South: Latinos in the Greater Charlotte Region,” a conference exploring facets of Latino immigration and settlement in the Piedmont.

$5,000 to Urban League of Central Carolinas for Charlotte-Mecklenburg African American Agenda town hall meetings, empowering citizens to hold leaders responsible for improving the quality of life for African Americans living in the region.

Front Porch Grants       $35,805
Funded by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation with program assistance from the Community Building Initiative, these grants are awarded to projects that build bridges of understanding between people of different backgrounds.

$500 to American Institute for Social Justice for outreach materials, leadership training, equipment and staff used in the ACORN Charlotte: Grier Heights Neighborhood Project to unite renters and homeowners.

$800 to Ausie Rivens Scholarship Foundation to initiate a community resource center in the Smithville community, creating a gathering place for locals and a meeting place for conducting community business.

$2,000 to Charlotte Museum of History, Inc. for Front Porch Dinners, using the museum as a gathering place to bring people together for discussions of individual and shared work, building trust and creating personal relationships with one another.

$2,000 to Charlotte Rescue Mission for a community treasure hunt to bring together those who live and work in the Third Ward neighborhood.

$2,000 to Friendship Community Development Corp. for Lincoln Heights Fall Festival, an indoor festival to attract four distinct groups within the Lincoln Heights community.

$2,500 to International House for the official launch of the African Council, a multicultural forum enabling underserved minorities of African descent to create friendships and find resources for integrating into the community.

$2,500 to J.H. Gunn Community Organization for Children Finding Wisdom on the Front Porch, a project focused on building trust between neighborhood youth and senior citizens through conversations and activities.

$2,000 to Latta Plantation for Discover Latta Plantation: Promoting Tolerance Through History, a project for sixth grade girl scouts in the Hornets Nest Council that brings women’s history to life while promoting tolerance.

$2,500 to the Light Factory for My Family, Our Stories, a project to teach youth who speak English as a second language basic photography and videography skills, improving communication and literacy using the power of imagery.

$1,330 to Mint Museum of Art for Bearden Bridges, an event bringing 30 families from predominantly African-American neighborhoods together for an afternoon of learning about Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden.

$2,200 to North Carolina Dance Theatre for Dance Friendships, a partnership with Friendship Missionary Baptist Church to create a dance piece featuring both organizations’ student dance ensembles.

$2,150 to Northwest Corridor Community Development Corporation for community dinner discussions on the myths and realities of gentrification.

$2,100 to Opera Carolina for A Girl’s Coming of Age, a partnership with Oaklawn Language Academy to explore a young girl’s coming of age within the context of her religious upbringing and cultural background.

$1,500 to Sharon Elementary School for the International Parent Involvement Project to promote greater involvement of parents of international students within the school’s PTA.

$500 to Trinity Episcopal School for Our Local Community: Literacy and Assimilation, a program for students to help refugees and international students with English language studies, and for Aging: A Talk with the Elderly, a program to develop friendships between students and elderly Charlotte residents.

$2,500 to WTVI for Take One Step, to assist adults with completing their high school GEDs and obtaining the skills necessary for employment and self-sufficiency.

$2,000 to Words To Wings, a team writing competition partnering 10th graders with students from another school who are different racially, religiously or economically in order to bridge social differences.

$2,000 to YMCA of Greater Charlotte for Dillehay Courts “A Night in The Hay,” to bring an at-risk community together monthly for a night of family fun.

$1,500 for YMCA Simmons Branch to fund out-of-school time programming, youth sports, and senior, adult and teen programming for Milton Commons residents.

$1,225 to YWCA of the Central Carolinas for Women in Transition Book Club to provide a setting in which homeless and financially disadvantaged women can build friendships, broaden their horizons and improve social skills.

Fund         $120,000
Provides support for special opportunities in Mecklenburg County.

$15,000 to Arts & Science Council for sponsorship of Cultivating Creative Communities, a conference encouraging community leaders to use creativity to strengthen the livability of their cities.

$25,000 to Charlotte Regional Partnership for Project International Integration to develop a collaboration among five international organizations.

$30,000 to Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority to provide resources through the CIAA Scholarship Fund.

$25,000 to Discovery Place to support development, construction and transportation of “The Dead Sea Scrolls” exhibition.

Archaeological Treasures Come to Charlotte

The Dead Sea Scrolls are conssidered the most significant archaeological discovery of the 20th century. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation awarded a $25,000 grant to Discovery Place to develop an exhibition featuring the 2,000-year-old scroll fragments, which contain the earliest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible. The grant offset the cost to design and build the exhibition, transport the scrolls from Israel and provide educational programs.

$25,000 to the Echo Foundation
for “Against Indifference,” a community lecture by author and Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel.

Grants           $261,700
Address a wide range of needs throughout the region.

$114,600 to Executive Service Corps for Building Better Boards, an initiative to improve the quality and performance of nonprofit boards of directors.

$25,000 to Executive Service Corps to assist with operations and to support programs that align the skills of volunteer corporate executives with nonprofit organizations.

$10,000 to Foundation For The Carolinas Matching Gifts Program to encourage Foundation employees to make charitable gifts to the nonprofits of their choice.

$10,000 to Leave a Legacy to continue free programs that educate the public on charitable planned giving to nonprofits.

$7,500 to North Carolina Center for Nonprofits to help Charlotte-Mecklenburg nonprofits achieve their missions and strengthen their organizations’ capacity for community impact.

$50,000 to NPower to support technology assistance and consulting services for nonprofit organizations in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and 13 surrounding counties.

$30,000 to Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium for continued operational support, helping to ensure a regional approach to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS.

$14,600 to Wildacres Leadership Initiative to support the participation of Charlotte region leaders in the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations leadership program.

To obtain more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg County Community Foundation, contact:

Brian Collier
Executive Vice President