Focus on the Carolinas

Focus on the Carolinas


Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we will use this page to provide information and updates regarding The Duke Endowment’s response in the Carolinas. This crisis poses new challenges, but our work continues uninterrupted.

Our Response

In May, the Endowment awarded a $3.5 million grant to Feeding the Carolinas, a network of 10 food banks serving more than 3,700 charitable agencies in North Carolina and South Carolina. The funding will help food banks meet increased demand as a result of COVID-19. Read more in the news release.

In late March, Endowment Trustees approved $2.5 million in funding to support Carolinians impacted by the coronavirus crisis. Initial grants of $1.25 million each to the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation and to One SC are helping statewide efforts focused on access to vital health care and sustaining social supports as unemployment rises. Read more in the news release.

From our President

Since its founding in 1924, The Duke Endowment has worked with high quality organizations across North Carolina and South Carolina to safeguard children, strengthen health care, bolster education and fortify spiritual life. In this rapidly changing world, one thing won’t change: Our commitment to the Carolinas and the people who live here.

In this Q & A, read more about our grant to Feeding the Carolinas.

Read this blog post for an encouraging message to grantees and partners.

Supporting our Communities

The Endowment is grateful for our grantees and partners who are working on the front lines of this crisis. We are privileged to support them and the communities they serve. 

How to Help Families During Social Distancing

A leading child advocate addresses what it will take to support children, families and communities during the COVID-19 crisis.
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One SC Fund

The One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response is a partnership between SC Grantmakers Network, Together SC and the United Way Association of SC. The funds will be held at Central Carolina Community Foundation.
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Fill the Gap Response Fund

The North Carolina Healthcare Foundation has created the COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund to partner with private philanthropy, corporate partners and major gift donors to meet critical needs of organizations across North Carolina.
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Areas of Work

  • Prevention and early intervention for at-risk children

    To equip children and families with skills to ensure that children reach developmental milestones to lead successful lives.

  • Out-of-home care for youth

    To drive child welfare systems toward greater accountability for child well-being.

  • Quality and safety of health care

    Improving the quality and safety of health care delivery

  • Access to health care

    Improving health by increasing access to comprehensive care

  • Prevention

    Expanding programs to promote health and prevent disease

  • Academic excellence

    Enhancing academic excellence through program and campus development

  • Educational access and success

    Increasing educational access and supporting a learning environment that promotes achievement

  • Campus and community engagement

    Promoting a culture of service, collaboration and engagement among schools and communities

  • Rural church development

    Building the infrastructure and capacity of United Methodist churches to enhance ministry and mission

  • Clergy leadership

    Strengthening United Methodist churches by improving the quality and effectiveness of church leadership

  • Congregational outreach

    Engaging United Methodist congregations in programs that serve their communities

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