Reflections on a Year of Unprecedented Generosity


Foundation For The Carolinas partnered with a number of remarkable people and organizations in over the past year, connecting our clients and partners to charitable needs and opportunities, and helping them achieve their unique philanthropic goals.

We invite you to read the following feature stories to learn how your community foundation is working to inspire philanthropy throughout our region and beyond.


Legacy Reflects Spirit of Venture Philanthropist
Foundation For The Carolinas is deeply committed to helping individuals, nonprofits and businesses achieve their philanthropic goals and nurturing those intentions in perpetuity. A shining example of extraordinary commitment to our region is Robert E. (Bob) Elberson, a great philanthropist who passed away in early 2013. Bob’s lengthy career included serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of both Hanes Corporation and Sara Lee Corporation. Read more>
Belk Hits the Road with Mobile Mammography
Both performance and innovation are at the heart of Foundation For the Carolinas’ services to fund holders, prompting corporations to seek our assistance with increasing frequency. Through our Center for Corporate Philanthropy, Belk Corporation and Charlotte Radiology have created an innovative breast cancer screening and awareness program: the BelkGives on the Go Mobile Mammography Center. Read more>
Gift of Business Interests Creates Future Good
Jay Faison worked over many years to build a startup company into a thriving business opportunity. Along with his wife, Olga, he now intends to leverage that success to build another — this time as a philanthropist. The couple’s commitment to the community and savvy business sense led to the contribution of closely held interests in Jay's company that will capitalize on its growth to fund a philanthropic legacy. Read more>
  Family Endowment Sustains Jewish Legacy
Irving and Lillian Bienstock are active members and great supporters of the Jewish community in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. In thinking about the long-term needs of the community and their own role in sustaining the quality of Jewish culture, the Bienstocks turned to Foundation for the Charlotte Jewish Community (FCJC), a subsidiary of Foundation For The Carolinas, to help manage their charitable resources over time. Read more>
 Retired General’s Service Honored Through Fund
Foundation For The Carolinas is committed to helping our clients create lasting philanthropic legacies. One such client, Retired Brigadier General William D. Lackey, hopes to sustain the good work of several organizations he values most. General Lackey was born and raised in Statesville, NC and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After completing the Reserve Officer’s Training Course at Chapel Hill, General Lackey devoted 35 years to serving our country in the Air Force and North Carolina National Guard. Read more>
  Foundation For The Carolinas Reaches $1 Billion in Assets
Foundation For The Carolinas announced a pivotal milestone this year: for the first time in its 55 year history, FFTC has reached more than $1 billion in charitable assets. FFTC now ranks 12th in asset level among the more than 700 community foundations in the United States. These results were formally announced at FFTC’s sold-out Annual Meeting luncheon in March 2013. Read more>
 Initiative to Give Homeless Families and Veterans a Boost Toward Self-Sufficiency
The number of homeless families in Mecklenburg County has steadily increased for the past three years. Foreclosures and evictions remain a common reality for low-income residents, for whom there are few affordable housing options. A new Robinson Center for Civic Leadership effort may soon bring relief. The Social Impact Housing Endowment aims to provide homeless families, including veterans, with a structured program that helps move participants towards self-sufficiency. Read more>