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 December, our Trustees awarded $3.8 million in grants to help organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina address critical community needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will bolster services and resources for demographic groups that have been disproportionately affected by the crisis. Read more in the press release.

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. Learn more about the impact the grant is having in this interview with Feeding the Carolinas leader Mike Darrow.

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.

The award to the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation helped support $1.6 million in grants to 19 agencies through the foundation’s COVID-19 Fill the Gap Response Fund. Read more here.

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.

The Winston-Salem Journal published an online opinion piece on June 13, 2020, signed by Dr. Laura Gerald, president of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and Rhett Mabry, president of The Duke Endowment. It highlights the need for long-term systemic change as it relates to COVID-19 and also acknowledges the broader problem of racial inequality as highlighted by the recent protests. Read more 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. 

Podcast Series: Helping Rural Communities During the Pandemic

Our Rural Church Program Area teamed with the Rural Matters podcast on a three-part series looking at the Endowment’s work helping rural congregations and communities. (Look for the July 21st, July 29th and Aug. 11th episodes).

Summer 2020 E-Newsletter COVID-19 Special Edition

See how grantees and partners across our four program areas and Special Initiatives are responding to the crisis in this Special Edition of our quarterly e-newsletter. 

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.
Learn more 

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.
Learn more 

Funding Flow in the Carolinas

An analysis of the first four pieces of federal COVID-19 legislation shows that as of June 15, 2020 at least $15.1 billion will flow to North Carolina and $7.2 billion to South Carolina. In addition, $80 million in private funding is to be injected into local communities.

To view an interactive chart detailing the public and private funding for North and South Carolina, click the graphic below.

COVID-19 Funding Flow in the Carolinas

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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