Deepening Our Commitment to Rural Churches in North Carolina

Deepening Our Commitment to Rural Churches in North Carolina

The Duke Endowment is committed to supporting rural churches and the communities they serve. Since James B. Duke penned the Indenture of Trust in 1924, population growth and shifts have affected how "rural" is defined in North Carolina and across the nation.

By adopting RUCA codes, which are currently employed by the U.S. Census Bureau, The Duke Endowment now defines "rural" in a way that expands grant eligibility to 225 new churches and overall eligibility to more than 1,500 churches in North Carolina.

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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