The Charlotte-based Duke Endowment has announced grants totaling more than $57 million to nonprofits in the Carolinas.
Grants were awarded to organizations working in the fields of child care, health care, and higher education, as well as to several rural churches. Through its child care grantmaking program, the endowment awarded $134,000 to the South Carolina Network of Children's Advocacy Centers to help forensic interviewers improve their skills through collaboration; $100,000 to Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina for evidence-based programs that strengthen families; and $23,250 to Youth Focus to establish a job-training program for young women transitioning out of foster care.
Healthcare organizations receiving grants include the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, which was awarded $556,030 to implement a program for childcare professionals aimed at preventing childhood obesity; the Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, which received $350,000 to establish a primary care clinic serving the low-income uninsured; and the Vidant Medical Center, which received $150,000 to engage patients in making decisions about their care.
The endowment also awarded $600,000 to help improve student health and wellness on the campuses of Davidson College, and Duke, Furman, and Johnson C. Smith universities. And it awarded a number of grants to rural United Methodist churches in support of development, clergy and lay leadership, and congregational outreach. Recipients include the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, which was awarded $362,500 in support of clergy resilience; the Groometown United Methodist Church, which received $100,000 for a food ministry program; and Solid Rock United Methodist Church, which was awarded $90,000 to support a summer reading program.
"These new grants touch lives across our two states by providing quality programs for vulnerable families, improved health care, support for students in college, and resources for rural communities," said Duke Endowment trustee chair Minor Shaw. "We believe these initiatives carry on our founder's vision of strengthening the Carolinas and making a lasting impact on the region."