Duke's Community Care Fund Opens New Round of Grants for Triangle Non-Profits

diaper bank

Michelle Old founded the Diaper Bank of North Carolina in January 2013. The Diaper Bank distributes around 75,000 diapers monthly statewide through a network of service provider organizations. The Diaper Bank received its very first grant in 2014 from Duke employees through Doing Good in the Neighborhood. Photo credit: Jon Young, JY Visuals.

Sometimes, what a family needs to get through a tough week is access to affordable diapers.  Duke employees are helping to make that happen. 

Through the Community Care Fund, Duke employees support community services essential to building a better Triangle.

Sponsored by Duke’s Office of Durham and Regional Affairs, the Community Care Fund is part of Duke's Doing Good in the Neighborhood employee giving campaign. Last year, $153,000 in Duke employee donations supported grants to 35 Triangle non-profit organizations. 

The office is now accepting proposals from non-profits from across the Triangle for a new round of grants.

"Since 2008, Duke employee donations to the Community Care Fund have supported Triangle non-profits in addressing complex community issues like food insecurity, disconnected youth, homelessness, healthy living and unemployment,” said Phail Wynn, Duke’s vice president in the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs. “Collectively, Duke employees’ community-based philanthropy has significant impact through supporting the non-profit organizations doing this important work.”

The themes for this year’s grants were voted upon by Doing Good in the Neighborhood donors. This year, the fund grants will focus on the following areas:

·   Food Access and Education

·   Education and Child Development

·   Connecting Youth to Opportunity

·   Affordable Housing

·   Healthy Communities

Interested non-profits are encouraged to visit the Doing Good in the Neighborhood website to learn all about the eligibility criteria and how to apply to the Community Care Fund. The 2016 grant application cycle begins July 1 and ends July 31. Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded through a competitive review process led by Duke employees.

The Community Care Fund website includes a sample proposal and helpful tips for writing your proposal. A link to the online grant application will be posted on the website on July 1.  

For questions about the application process or eligibility, email doinggood@duke.edu