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Opinion Letters Community foundation supports local nonprofits

November is Nonprofit Awareness Month, and I’d like to take a moment to honor the Macon County Community Foundation. Community foundations comprise a category of nonprofits that we also salute this month (Nov. 12-18), and we want to ensure you’re aware of the resources we provide that help to strengthen Macon County.

Community foundations exist for three reasons: to make grants; to provide lasting giving options for people, businesses and nonprofits; and to serve as leaders, conveners and advocates about local issues and needs.

The Macon County Community Foundation was founded in 1992. We help develop local endowments that support our area to ensure that local dollars stay local. The Macon County Community Foundation holds 24 funds, including a community grantmaking fund that supports nonprofit programs. These funds distributed $52,000 to local non-profits and students through these endowments in 2011.

Our local foundation is part of the statewide North Carolina Community Foundation. We benefit from our association with this organization that includes 60 local foundations serving 66 counties. Our affiliation with NCCF allows us to provide safe, expert funds administration; support local grantmaking processes; and assist with leadership and resource development.

We also benefit from resources NCCF allocates to meet needs in times of crisis, such as the challenges that many of our communities still face after April tornadoes and Hurricane Irene. The NCCF’s Disaster Relief Fund has developed about $160,000 to support local programs to help victims of these horrendous storms.

Please contact us for more information about how you can help your neighbors through the Macon County Community Foundation or visit

Karen Stiwinter, President
Macon County Community Foundation

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