Pair of foundations award more than $25,000 in local grants

By on November 19, 2018

Toni Joyner, Food for Thought; Jessica Taylor, Dolphin Research Center; Laura Alvarico, Meals on Wheels; Heidi Prentiss, Albemarle Hopeline; Bill Henkel, Lower Currituck Food Pantry; Jenniffer Albanese, Interfaith Community Outreach; Dean Mattix, YMCA; John Havel, Outer Banks History Center; Nancy Griffin, Room In The Inn; Mike Lewis, Hotline; Kay Minis, Sea Change; Loismary Hoehne, Currituck-Dare Community Foundation Vice-President. (submitted photo)

The boards of advisors of both the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation and Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund recently announced $25,405 in local grant awards, according to Sheila Davies, urrituck-Dare Community Foundation board president and Loismary Hoehne and Janet Colegrove, Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund co-chairs.

“We are proud to support these nonprofit programs that are so vital to the community,” Davies said.

The Currituck-Dare Community Foundation is a growing family of philanthropic funds, source of grants for local causes and partner for donors. CDCF was founded in 1999 and is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership – all for the benefit of Currituck and Dare counties.

“We are grateful to the many generous individuals and organizations that have supported our work,” Hoehne said.

The CDCF board advises the Currituck-Dare Community Fund, the unrestricted community grantmaking fund, to support local needs. This competitive grants program is held annually. Because advisory board members live and work in Currituck and Dare counties, they can leverage resources to help meet local needs and access opportunities.

“Our mission is to inspire philanthropy across our community,” Colegrove said.

This year the CDCF and CDWF granted:

  • $2,500 to the Albemarle Commission Senior Nutrition Program for Meals on Wheels
  • $1,500 to Albemarle Hopeline for general operating support
  • $1,000 to the Autism Society of North Carolina for Autism Resource Specialists in Currituck and Dare counties
  • $1,000 to the Children & Youth Partnership for Dare for the Sea Change Latino Education Outreach program
  • $3,000 to Food for Thought Inc. for general operating support
  • $1,000 to GEM Adult Day Services, Inc. for GEM’s Group
  • $2,550 to Interfaith Community Outreach, Inc. for direct services and cancer outreach for Dare and Currituck residents
  • $1,500 to Kids First, Inc. for the Child Abuse Treatment Project
  • $2,255 to Lower Currituck Food Pantry for general operating support
  • $1,000 to the North Carolina Coastal Federation for the Environmental Exploration Program
  • $2,000 to the OBX Room In The Inn for support for the Dare County homeless
  • $1,000 to the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research for monitoring dolphins to teach Dare County students about math and science
  • $1,500 to the Outer Banks Hotline for the Safe House Client Bedroom Rejuvination Project
  • $1,000 to Prevent Blindness North Carolina for Star Pupil Currituck-Dare County
  • $1,000 to the Beloved Haven for general operating support
  • $600 to the Friends of the Outer Banks History Center for the Southern Shores Flat Top Documentation Initiative
  • $1,000 to the YMCA of South Hampton Roads: Albemarle Y for Currituck After School StEM Curriculum

In addition to Davies, board members include: Loismary Hoehne (vice president), Linda Algood (treasurer), Margaret Di Small (secretary), Janet Colegrove, Nina Foster, Scott Foster, Cynthia Jarvis, Daniel La Rue, Vickie Smith Moore, Jane Oden, Hannah Robinson and Ginger Webster.

The Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund is a program of the North Carolina Community Foundation designed to maximize women’s leadership in philanthropy by engaging and educating its membership, increasing charitable contributions and strengthening communities through the impact of collective giving. The annual grant focus is on women and children in Currituck and Dare counties.

The CDCF and CDWF, through the North Carolina Community Foundation, makes it easy to become a philanthropist, whatever your means or charitable goals.

You can open an endowment for your favorite cause at any time – or contribute to an existing fund in any amount.

For further information, contact NCCF Regional Director Natalie Jenkins Peel at 252-562-9824 or or visit the NCCF website at

Tax-deductible contributions, made payable to either the Currituck-Dare Community Foundation and Currituck-Dare Women’s Fund, can be mailed to the North Carolina Community Foundation, 3737 Glenwood Ave. Suite 460, Raleigh, NC 27612. Contributions can also be made online at

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