Grants let groups aid others

Jun. 27, 2014 @ 06:08 PM

The Vance County Community Foundation awarded three grants to local nonprofits this year.

Recipients were:

• Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, which received $1,000 to continue granting wishes to sick children in Vance County;

• Prevent Blindness North Carolina, which received $740 for Star Pupils, a program that teaches about youth eye health and safety; and

• Teach for America, which received $500 to support its general operations.

Prevent Blindness of North Carolina and Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina received grant money from Vance County last year, as well.

Kathy Caudle, grants committee chairwoman, said organizations ask for a certain amount of money each year, and the foundation does its best to raise the funds.

“We would love to be able to do what they ask for, but we can’t all the time,” she said.

She said the foundation met Teach for America’s request this year but could not do the same for the others.

Christine Casey, Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina director of major gifts, said she appreciated what the Vance County Community Foundation was able to give.

“It’s a wonderful reward for us, and it really helps us grant wishes in that area,” she said.

She said the foundation has granted two children’s wishes in Vance County and is working on a third.

“We always want to grant more wishes where we can,” she said.

Vance County Community Foundation grants are effective because they must be used in the community, Caudle said in an announcement Thursday.

She said Friday recipients’ year-end reports make sure of that.

“They have to send a follow up report advising the committee of how the money was spent and who the money was spent on,” she said.

Each grant comes from investment earnings on funds donated by the community or money raised during the organization’s annual reverse raffle at the Henderson Country Club.

Next year, Caudle said the foundation would have up to $500 more in grant funds through donations from Mariah Parham Medical Center.

Katie Crumpler, regional associate for the North Carolina Community Foundation, said anyone can donate to the Vance County Community Fund by contacting her at (919) 256-6914.

Contact the writer at dhairston@hendersondispatch.com.