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Community Partner - Youth Development

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

Established in 2001, Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is the primary grant making arm of Foundation For The Carolinas and is led by a local board of trustees.

Our Partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

CMCF – an affiliate and the primary grant making arm of Foundation For The Carolinas – recently awarded from its Children, Youth and Young Adult cycle $630,000 to 27 organizations serving children, youth and young adults of Mecklenburg County. The largest grant was $70,000 to the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy and Coalición Latin americana to provide renewal clinics and other services to assist DACA recipients. An additional $30,000 was reserved to fund emerging issues related to DACA immigrants.

"I’m proud of the board’s decision to focus the majority of our grant making towards increasing economic opportunity for young people in Mecklenburg County," said FFTC Executive Vice President Brian Collier. "We know that what we’ve accomplished over the years has been good but not nearly good enough to dramatically improve the life of every child in our community. Going forward, we’ll be looking for bold ideas that impact every stage of child’s life -- from pre-natal to career, especially opportunities for systems level change and ideas that increase the likelihood of ensuring every child has a caring adult in their lives."

Grants were also awarded to fund programs that train and employ students as computer technicians, recruits math tutors as mentors for children and teaches reading for kindergarten through third graders.

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is a permanent endowment at Foundation For The Carolinas that envisions a community where every resident is afforded the opportunity to be well-educated, safely housed, meaningfully employed and actively engaged in community decisions. Further, CMCF believes that the preservation and protection of our natural resources and environmentally conscious decision-making are vital to maintaining our community’s quality of life.

Thanks to a generous bequest from Lucille Giles in 1995, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation has awarded more than $35 million to nonprofit organizations serving Mecklenburg County residents. 

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