Collective Charitable Giving

Giving Together

Special Giving Programs


Amplify the power of philanthropy by giving collaboratively.

Through our collective giving programs, you can pool your donations with others who share your interests, research community needs and decide as a group where to make grants. You also have the opportunity to engage through educational activities, volunteerism and more.

You can also strengthen nonprofits and improve lives throughout our region by supporting FFTC's other special giving programs.

Our Programs

Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund
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Positively impacting nonprofits that serve the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, CLGF is a collective giving program that awards grants to organizations that support the LGBT community. We also cultivate partnerships with community allies.

Stakeholders donate $1,000 or more per year to provide grants to nonprofits that support the LGBT community. Not ready to become a member? You can still help. CLGF welcomes donations between $25 - $999.

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Learn About Grant Opportunities

The current grant cycle is now closed. CLGF awards grants to Charlotte‐area organizations serving the LGBT community through three grant programs:

  • Programs, Projects and Events Grants are awarded to encourage 501(c)3 nonprofits to serve the LGBT community either directly or in partnership with another organization. LGBT and non-LGBT organizations are eligible for a PPE Grant of up to $5,000. 

PPE Application GuideApply For A Grant Recent PPE Grants

  • Basic Operating Grants are intended to build capacity and strengthen the effectiveness of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations serving Charlotte’s LGBT community, outside of an HIV/AIDS focus. Grants will be awarded to support general operations of organizations that fulfill CLGF’s mission. 

BOG Application GuideApply For A Grant Recent BOG Grants

  • Grassroots Lane Grants are awarded to build capacity and strengthen the effectiveness of startup organizations with or without 501(c)3 nonprofit status serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, up to $2,000 per organization. Previous recipients of CLGF's Basic Operating and Program, Project and Events grants are not eligible to apply. 

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CLGF Board of Advisors

Jeremy Carter, Chair

Devlin McNeil, Vice Chair

Lynn Davidson, Treasurer

Michael Rodriguez, Secretary

Peter Barr

Steve Bentley

Tim Bice

Pete Bonneau

Lizzie Faust

Liz Fitzgerald

Kelly Hall

Jolie Long

Leslie Oliver

Shelly Schoenfeld

Rick Scot

Ron Vereen

New Generation of African American Philanthropists
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With the goal of enhancing the quality of life within our communities, NGAAP is a collective giving program that promotes philanthropy among African Americans in the Charlotte region. 

Established in 2008, members pledge $1 a day for three years and envision a healthy, safe and prosperous community for families to live, work and flourish. We award grants to nonprofits that address issues affecting a disproportionate number of African Americans.

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Grants are awarded to organizations that serve unmet needs of the African American community. We will award grants up to $10,000 for operations and programs that support the mission of NGAAP.

Criteria

Based and operating in Mecklenburg County

 

501(c)3 status (use of fiscal sponsors allowed)

 

Annual organizational budget not exceeding $500,000

 

50% or more of population served by identified program/organization is African American

 

CM3A-identified need and priority

 

30% or more of Board members are Black/African American (representative of County demographics at 32.2% in 2014)

 

Funding priority given to initiatives that respond to and promote the mission of “Social, Civic and Legal Justice” within the African American community

 

Preferred Programs

Build understanding and appreciation for the inequality in legal outcomes based on ethnicity and race

 

Cultivate opportunities to build collaboration and community

 

Support voter registration and engagement

 

Promote policies and procedures that reduce disproportionality and disparities in the justice system

Areas Typically Not Funded

Capital campaigns and endowment funds

 

Networking infrastructure, hardware and software for computers or other similar forms of technology

 

Publication of books

 

Projects that promote political activity or religious views

 

Organizations for re-granting purposes

 

Debt retirement/deficit funding

 

Activities occurring prior to grant decision

 

Projects typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local government

 

New proposals that duplicate existing or established programs or services

 

Strategic planning if it is in “ordinary course of business”

The current grant cycle is now closed.

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African American Community Foundation
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AACF was established in 1993 to support efforts that promote economic self-reliance, equal opportunity, leadership skills and cultural awareness among the region's African American community.

The grant funds were made possible through the Lethia Henderson Fund Endowment and the Elizabeth S. Randolph African American Fund Endowment. Individual contributions help the fund grow, increasing the potential to spur and support impactful programs.

Since 1994, AACF has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to nonprofits that serve the African American community.

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Grant Programs

Our strategic grantmaking to educational, economic, health and cultural initiatives fosters opportunity, leadership and civic participation among the underserved and underrepresented in Mecklenburg and nearby counties. The current grant cycle is now closed.

Focus areas

  • Public education support. AACF supports students in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as programs serving students ages birth to 18 during out-of-school time.
  • Health. AACF also supports programs that address the health and nutrition of students ages birth to 18 and provide services for diseases that disproportionately affect African Americans.
  • Economic delvelopment. AACF also supports programs that provide business development and support for African American-owned businesses.  

Eligibility

  • Grants are limited to eligible organizations for projects in or benefitting Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC.
  • Grants are made to qualified 501(c)3, governmental, educational and religious organizations. 

Areas Typically Not Funded

  • Basic operating support except for professional development training leading to provider certifications or licensure
  • Endowment funds
  • Direct support of individuals; scholarships to private or parochial schools
  • Travel and conferences; publication of books
  • Projects that promote political or religious views
  • Purchase of equipment except for technology purchases directly related to delivering public education support programs 

 

2017 Board of Advisors

Kia Lyons, Board Chair, Queen City Endeavors

Keysha Walker, Vice Chair, Walker Creative Group

Tiffany Capers, Teach For America

Dr. Felicia Harris, Educational Enhancement, Inc.

Dylan Holmes, The MediTecture Corporation

Reginald Johnson, Wells Fargo

Robyn Massey, Civic Advocate

Rev. Sheldon Shipman, Greenville Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church

AACF Contact

QIANA AUSTIN

Vice President & Scholarships Program Officer

qaustin@fftc.org

704.973.4535

CLGF & NGAAP Contact

DAVID SNIDER

Vice President & Program Officer

dsnider@fftc.org

704.973.4528