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Thriving People, Vibrant Places


Triangle Community Foundation is building a brighter future for everyone in the Triangle. Since 2013, the Foundation has invested more than $3.6 million to 125 organizations through our Fund for the Triangle.

Community Development $1,246,390 to 42 organizations addressing poverty

Youth Literacy

Cultural Arts

$1,107,272 to 25 organizations addressing early literacy, additionally $637,550 to 73 camp partners through our Send A Kid To Camp program

$203,370 to 20 arts organizations

Environmental Conservation $1,102,098 to 21 environmental organizations

Why we do this work

Let’s work together: Fund for the Triangle

The Triangle is growing and changing, and not everyone is thriving. There is an urgency for a stronger commitment in our community to dig deeper and work with others to make a difference, and we can’t afford to ignore this urgency. Our community needs us, and as a local leader, we are here to answer the call. Our focus areas address critical local issues and through collaboration with nonprofits addressing these issues, we are creating a stronger Triangle for all.

The Foundation is committed to making our region a community of thriving people and vibrant places. And because the resources, partnerships, and action needed to move the needle on these issue areas are far greater than we can do on our own, we need your help. Our Fund for the Triangle supports these focus areas by providing permanent funding to address pressing needs now and for generations to come. With your support, we can ensure that everyone in our community can thrive. Working together, we can do this.

How we do this work We work with dedicated donors and strong nonprofits, and we guide gifts in a strategic way to fill gaps, reduce inequities, and solve the region’s most pressing challenges through our research-driven focus areas. Through direct funding, learning, and educational gatherings, we are building a strong and innovative ecosystem of nonprofits that is addressing these challenges. By carrying out these strategies in our work, we are serving as a catalyst for change in our community.

What’s next? We are committed to making the greatest impact and assisting those in the most need. Following this report, our impact will be shared through a sampling of accomplishments made possible by Foundation donors and partners in the form of a Progress Report in the summer of each year.

Will you join us?

Community Development “Mary, a Community Home Trust homeowner since 2006, said that owning a home through CHT gave her the financial confidence to return to school. She received her master’s in 2008 and her Ph.D. in 2012. She met her husband in 2010. Together, they have made adjustments to their 900-sf home to accommodate their growing family. According to Mary and Ehren, their CHT home allows them to save and provide well for their children. Through funding provided by Triangle Community Foundation, Community Home Trust has developed a strategic plan to optimize its resources in order to fulfill its mission of strengthening our community with permanently affordable housing opportunities. This includes supporting our residents to foster their happiness and success. Looking to the future, Mary has met with a certified financial counselor at the Home Trust to plan for the children’s college and for retirement.” - Camile Berry, Community Home Trust

GOAL: Break the cycle of poverty in the Triangle Why It Matters Thousands of our region’s residents have difficulty meeting basic needs such as housing, food, healthcare, and employment. Without access to opportunities, these individuals and families cannot thrive. The impact of poverty goes far beyond those directly affected; it extends to their neighborhoods, their communities, and the region as a whole. We cannot succeed together if we leave some behind. Poverty cannot be simplified as a direct consequence of a lack of affordable housing, little education, or poor health. Instead, it should be viewed with a broader outlook that considers the unique challenges and inequities of the families and individuals most in need. Certain populations are

more likely to experience poverty, including people of color, families headed by single women, and people living with a disability. Expanding access to resources for those experiencing poverty can ensure their long-term success.

We’re Working To: • Increase access to permanent housing, employment, and healthcare • Identify and invest in organizations working with marginalized populations • Encourage partnerships that incorporate a multifaceted approach to addressing poverty

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Community Development Partners (since FY 2013) The following list of nonprofit organizations represent the partner grantees of the Foundation in conjunction with our focus areas; fundholders are not limited to granting to these organizations. A Helping Hand (

Healing with CAARE (

StepUp North Carolina (

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh, Inc. (

Hispanic Liaison of Chatham County (

Student Action with Farmworkers (

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Day Laborers Task Force (led by El Centro Hispano) (

Housing for New Hope (


Inter-Faith Council for Social Service (

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving (

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (

The Fostering Youth Opportunities Collaborative: (The Hope Center at Pullen, Wake Tech Fostering Bright Futures, Families Together, and the Wake County Department of Social Services, Community Partnerships, Inc., Carolina Outreach, Genesis Home, Dress for Success, and Durham County Department of Social Services) (

Chatham County Community Development Corp. ( Chatham County Council on Aging ( Chatham County Literacy Council ( Club Nova ( Communities In Partnership ( Community Empowerment Fund ( Community Health Coalition ( Community Home Trust (

Johnson Service Corps ( LIFE Skills Foundation ( Marian Cheek Jackson Center ( Meals on Wheels of Durham ( Pardoned By Christ ( Passage Home, Inc. (

Project Access of Durham County Community Workforce Solutions ( ( Project LIFT Collaborative: (Durham Economic Compass Center for Women and Families Resource Center, Durham Literacy Center, Urban ( Ministries of Durham) Dress for Success Triangle NC ( Durham Center for Senior Life ( Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network (Families Moving Forward) (

Rapid Rehousing Collaborative: (Housing for New Hope, Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, Genesis Home, Urban Ministries of Durham) Reality Ministries ( Rebuilding Together (

Durham Literacy Center (

Refugee Community Partnership (

El Centro Hispano, Inc. (


Farmworker Advocacy Network Collaborative: (led by Student Action with Farmworkers) (

Southeast Raleigh Assembly (

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The Refugee Wellness Collaborative: (UNC Refugee Wellness Initiative, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants – N.C. Field Office) ( The Scrap Exchange ( The White Oak Foundation ( Threshold ( THRIVE Collaborative (led by Milestones Culinary Arts Institute, Inc.) ( Triangle Congregations Associations and Neighborhoods C.A.N. (Durham CAN) ( Triangle Family Services ( Western Wake Crisis Ministry ( Women’s Center of Wake County (

Youth Literacy “WAKE Up and Read brings so many books to children who cannot buy them. Along with many other children, I’ve had the opportunity to choose books from WAKE Up and Read. I now have 30 books in my home collection. Last year my favorite book I selected was Indian Captive: the Story of Mary Jemison, by Lois Lenski. I especially liked this book because it was from the perspective of a young girl. Thank you for providing us with books.” - Anai, a 5th grade student at Fox Road Elementary

GOAL: All students in the Triangle read on grade-level by the end of third grade Why It Matters According to the National Research Council, “academic success, as defined by high school graduation, can be predicted with reasonable accuracy by knowing someone’s reading skill at the end of third grade.” Third grade marks an important learning milestone; Students learn to read until the third grade, and read to learn thereafter. Students who struggle to read at this early age tend to fall further behind their peers as time passes and are four times more likely than proficient readers to leave high school without a diploma.

Students of color and those from economically disadvantaged families more often receive below proficient scores on early grade reading tests. Our community’s success or failure in education for the next generation has direct implications for economic vitality, health, crime rates, and other factors determining quality of life in the region.

We’re Working To: • Improve school readiness, reduce chronic absence, promote summer learning, and engage families • Develop a region-wide system of support for early learning and development

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Youth Literacy Partners (since FY 2013) The following list of nonprofit organizations represent the partner grantees of the Foundation in conjunction with our focus areas; fundholders are not limited to granting to these organizations. Augustine Literacy Project (

Durham’s Partnership for Children (

Orange County’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading

Book Harvest (

East Durham Children’s Initiative (

Read and Feed (

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County (

Frankie Lemmon School (

The Hill Center, Inc. (

Chatham County Partnership for Children and Child Care Network (

Helps Education Fund (

Triangle Literacy Council (

Just Right Academy, Inc. (

Wake Education Partnership (

Kidznotes (

WAKE Up and Read (

Learning Together (

YMCA of the Triangle (

Chatham Reads ( chatham-reads) Communities in Schools of Wake County ( Communities in Schools of Durham County ( Durham’s Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (

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Marbles Kids Museum ( NC Early Childhood Foundation (

A current list of Send A Kid To Camp™ partners can be found on our website at

Cultural Arts “The Durham Symphony Orchestra provides music for all ages across Durham and surrounding areas. Our Education and Community Outreach programs make classical music accessible for all audiences – an important need that we believe is changing the lives of the people living in our region. In addition to bringing a community together, and providing a source of entertainment, studies show that music training is positively associated with more complex brain development and higher achievement scores for children, as well as the overall betterment of social, economic, and emotional well-being at any age.” - Maestro William Curry, Durham Symphony Orchestra

GOAL: Grow and sustain nonprofit arts across the Triangle Why It Matters The local arts sector, and the creative people it employs, enhances the quality of life, stimulates innovation to attract and retain talent, provides a magnet for cultural tourism, and contributes to overall economic vitality. Over $377M of spending and eventrelated spending is generated by nonprofit arts and culture audiences in the Triangle every year – making up a large and vital portion of our regional economy. However, cultural arts organizations face ongoing challenges to their sustainability such as competition for resources and audiences, followed by inadequate artist performing and rehearsal space, and lack of funding. In research conducted by North Carolina State University’s Institute for Nonprofits, groups working in the arts self-reported lower organizational capacities than others in the nonprofit sector, making it harder for them to grow, evolve, and reach expanded audiences.

Additionally, there is a need to support organizations representing the diverse traditions in the Triangle. The demographics in the region are rapidly changing while philanthropy overwhelmingly favors mainstream (Western) arts, leaving a gap in educational and artistic expressional experiences for other art forms.

We’re Working To: • Support leadership development and provide resources necessary for organizational growth and sustainability • Identify and invest in arts organizations addressing social injustice • Increase cross-agency partnerships that incorporate the arts, building collaboration across the region • Encourage and reward creative innovation in the sector

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Arts & Culture Partners (since FY 2013) The following list of nonprofit organizations represent the partner grantees of the Foundation in conjunction with our focus areas; fundholders are not limited to granting to these organizations. CAM Raleigh

Durham Symphony Orchestra (

Raleigh Review (

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (

Hidden Voices (

Shakori Hills Community Arts Center (

Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival, Inc. (

Justice Theater Project (

Southern Documentary Fund (

Center for Documentary Studies (for the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival) (

Kidznotes (

St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation (Hayti Cultural Center) (

Classical Voice of NC ( Deep Dish Theater Company ( Durham Art Guild

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MallarmĂŠ Chamber Players, Inc. ( Music Maker Relief Foundation ( NC Arts Council ( North Carolina Opera (

The ArtsCenter ( Visual Art Exchange (

Environmental Conservation “At Good Hope Farm, beginning farmers like Megan (pictured here) are able to grow their organic farming business and connect the community to healthy, local food. This is so important because almost 14 percent of all Wake County residents are considered food insecure and 34 percent of those are children. Thanks to Triangle Community Foundation’s support of Good Hope Farm, farmers are able to keep their products fresh before going to market by using our new cold and dry storage – a vitally important piece of the food cycle. - Elizabeth Zander, Piedmont Conservation Council

GOAL: Conserve and sustain our natural resources for future generations Why It Matters The Triangle’s population grew 130% over the last decade and the conversion of natural and agricultural land to developed land grew a staggering 650%. It is estimated that the Triangle’s population could grow an additional 106% by 2040, placing significant pressure on remaining natural resources that benefit our community health. Land conservation reduces the effects of climate change. Conservation helps to absorb greenhouse gases and prevents significant greenhouse gas emissions that would result from development — including deforestation, construction and the additional driving required by poorly planned growth.

In addition, research shows that children, older adults, and low-income populations are most vulnerable to climate-related effects. Conservation programs targeted at these specific populations are vital to a thriving population.

We’re Working To: • Expand conservation awareness and support through organizing, education, and advocacy • Increase public land use for recreation, community gardens, local agriculture, and community conservation education • Encourage land donations for conservation purposes

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Environmental Conservation Partners (since FY 2013) The following list of nonprofit organizations represent the partner grantees of the Foundation in conjunction with our focus areas; fundholders are not limited to granting to these organizations. Alliance Medical Ministry (

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (

Orange County Partnership for Young Children (

Anathoth Community Garden & Farm (

Eno River Association (

Piedmont Conservation Council (

Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County (

Friends of State Parks, Inc. (

Reinvestment Partners (

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (

Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library ( library-friends/)


Center for Human-Earth Restoration ( Communities in Schools of Durham ( Conservation Trust for NC ( Durham Parks Foundation ( East Coast Greenway Alliance ( East Durham Children’s Initiative ( El Futuro (

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Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail ( Haw River Assembly (

The Scrap Exchange ( The Umstead Coalition (

Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (

Transplanting Traditions (c/o Orange County Partnership for Young Children) (

Keep Durham Beautiful (

Triangle Bikeworks (

Learning Outside (

Triangle J Council of Governments (

North Carolina Community Development Initiative (

Triangle Land Conservancy (

North Carolina Justice Center (

Fund for the Triangle Contributors

(since 2013)

Thank you for your visionary support! Anonymous Donors Farad Ali Sally Kay Albrecht and Jay L. Althouse Margaret G. Altvater Fund for Education American Underground Marcia Angle and Mark Trustin Katherine N. Arnold and Taylor Cooke Bank of America Tucker Bartlett Baskerville Fund Mary Duke Biddle Foundation Carol and Bob Bilbro Dianne and Bruce Birch Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Foundation Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Blue Heron Asset Management, LLC Bourke Services, LLC Anita R. Brown-Graham and Phillip Graham Julia Preston Brumley and George William Brumley, III Family Memorial Fund Libby and Lee Buck Joel S. Bulkley Burroughs Wellcome Fund Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. Arthur Carlsen Charitable Fund Suzanne and Matthew Case Minnie E. Chandler Endowment Fund Charlie Bucket Fund Earl and Margaret Chesson Charitable Endowment Fund Chester and Jessie May Clark Endowment Fund Josephine Clement Fund for Public Education Colonial Consulting LLC Perry Colwell Fund Community Grantmaking Program Fund Community Group Houses Fund Anne D. Compton Family Fund The Coronaca Fund William C. Cowdery Family Endowment Fund Cynthia and Ken Crossen Julia and Frank Daniels James E. and Margaret R. Davis Endowment Fund DCL Management Group, LLC Delta Air Lines Duke Energy Duke University Duke University Health System Durham Public Education Network Endowment Fund Durham Public Education Network Scholarship Endowment Fund Ruth and Victor Dzau Fund Education for Successful Parenting Ender Family Fund Judy and Curt Eshelman Alice F. Eure Charitable Endowment Fund Diane Evia-Lanevi and Ingemar Lanevi Fifth Third Bank Bobbie Fletcher Fund The Floyd Fletcher Fund Frank U. and Nelle Crowell Fletcher Fund Debbie and Sheldon Fox Ella and Stuart Frantz Sharon and Michael Freeman Nicci and Martin Gafinowitz Garda Endowment Fund Morgan Gardner Endowment Fund Jeannette A. Gates Fund

Claude and Eleanor George Fund Glenn-Winstead Fund Golden Corral Google Fiber Goulding Family Charitable Fund Elizabeth Wade Grant Endowment Fund Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce Dr. Olive and Dr. Lewis Greenwald Gregory Poole Equipment Co. GSK GSK Endowment Fund Guirlinger Family Fund Umesh and Usha Gulati Charitable Fund Tim C. Gupton Half the Battle Fund Hamilton Point Investment Advisors Cora and Paul Harrison Robert T. Herrington Family Fund The Hill Family Willie B. and Bruce A. Hill, Sr. Charitable Fund Sandra F. Hoke Fund William Hollister Endowment Fund Home Health Foundation of Chapel Hill Endowment Fund Hsu Family Fund Hunton & Williams LLP Fred and Nancy Hutchison Fund Hutchison PLLC IBM InSight Fund The Institute Investors Management Corporation Elinor Moore Irvin Fund Jack Fund Jenny I Fund JSR Fund Jubilee Fund Margaret and Tom Keller Thomas S. Kenan, III Endowment Fund KDI Capital Partners, LLC Susan B. King Far Side Fund Dot and Grey Kornegay Fund Kuhn Advisors, Inc. Mark Kuhn Kupor Family Trust Dr. Lail’s Fund for Children Robert and Vivian Lamb Fund Phil & Beth Lambert Donor Advised Fund LarMar Fund Caroline Laundon Memorial Fund Dionne Lester Litwack Family Endowment Fund Mama Dip Share the Love Fund Edwin and Ruth Mammen Charitable Fund Mason’s Apron Fund Easter Maynard Mrs. W. Benson McCutcheon, Jr. Peter J. and Prudence F. Meehan Fund Mitsubishi Semiconductor Community Ventures Fund George E. and Loretta M. Molitor Family Fund moss + ross, LLC Nathan-Groves Fund NC Enviromental Defense Fund NC Mutual Life Insurance Co. Next Movement Fund Noël Family Fund Optimist Club of Durham Fund

Pascal Strom Family Fund Pass It On Endowed Unrestricted Fund Peoples Security Insurance Endowment Fund Petersen/Young Fund Phoenix Fund PNC Paula Poggi Fund Betty and Earl Pollock Charles Chase Pratt Memorial Fund Sydnor and Lacy Presnell Steve Quessy and Marna Doucette Fund Raymond James Regional Community Endowment Fund Margot Meyer Richter Endowment Fund Margot M. Richter Fund The Red Fern Fund Nancy and Larry Rocamora Susan and David Rosenberg Kenneth C. Royall, Jr. Fund The Estate of Charles E. Rundgren The Clyde and Hildegard Scheffey Ryals Endowment Fund for Land and Water Preservation Salamander Fund Scaief-Gustaveson Fund Schell Bray PLLC Schmidt-Nielsen and Claesson Family Fund Schwartz Family Fund Kathryn (Kay) Segee Memorial Fund Dr. Pamela G. Senegal Sethi Family Trust Fund Jacqueline Shaw-Haywood Memorial Fund Faith and Arnold Shertz Fund SOUL (Save Our Undeveloped Land) Fund James Speed, Jr. St. Luke’s Circle Endowment Fund James A. Stewart and Frances Dyer Fund John and Otelia Stewart Endowment Fund Straight Family Fund SunTrust Bank Telemark Fund Tepper Family Fund Claude and Adele Thomas Fund Carl E. Thompson Ronald and Marilyn Toelle Charitable Fund Ron and Marilyn Toelle Endowment Fund Allen and Kate Douglas Torrey Fund Carol P. Tresolini Lawrence C. and Melanie K. Trost Charitable Fund Stuart W. Upchurch Charitable Remainder Unitrust The Vino Rosso Fund Walker Lambe Rhudy Costley & Gill PLLC Barrie Wallace Fund for the Arts Wallace Fund for Youth Rita and Robert Weimer Wells Fargo Marvin and Dianne Welton Fund Wide Waters Fund Widmark Community Fund Widmark Family Fund Bill Wofford and Fred Hutchison Innovation Fund Anne Wolf Woodson Family Fund Dr. Phail Wynn, Jr. Youth Pro Musica Fund


Please join us with your ideas, energy, commitment, voices, and resources to make sure that everyone in the Triangle can thrive. Let’s build a stronger Triangle for all. GIVE NOW: Support our Fund for the Triangle or make a grant from an existing fund that you manage to one of our focus areas through our website at GIVE LATER: Leave a legacy gift to our Fund for the Triangle to make your support span generations and ensure everyone can thrive for years to come. Making a legacy gift doesn’t have to be complicated – we can help. CONNECT: Support the strong nonprofits in our region addressing these critical

issues – our partners are listed in this document and on our website, but they are not inclusive of all the nonprofits doing great work in the region. Can’t find what you’re looking for? Let us know! PARTNER WITH US: Are you a nonprofit looking to partner with the Foundation in this

work? Are you committed to moving the needle in one of our focus areas? Reach out to us and find out how to apply for funding, attend an event, or learn more about the work of this important ecosystem. We’re here to help you succeed! LEARN MORE: Reach out to us! Attend an educational offering, set up a meeting with

one of our staff members, engage with us on social media. We have the resources, relationships, community knowledge, and legacy of impact to help you make a difference where it’s needed the most.

A special thank you to our advisory committees who foster this important work each year.

Mailing: PO Box 12729, Durham, NC 27709 Physical: 800 Park Offices Drive, Suite 201 Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 919.474.8370

Invest in the Triangle  

A report on the impact of our Fund for the Triangle and Our Focus on Community Development, Youth Literacy, Cultural Arts, and the Environme...

Invest in the Triangle  

A report on the impact of our Fund for the Triangle and Our Focus on Community Development, Youth Literacy, Cultural Arts, and the Environme...