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Cumberland Community Foundation celebrates 40th year with $1.1 million in awards


At a time when help is needed most, Cumberland Community Foundation kicked off its 40th anniversary today by announcing over $1 million in grants and scholarships. This month, the foundation will award $400,000 in general support grants to some of its longtime nonprofit partners and over $700,000 in college scholarships to local students.

CCF Board of Directors president Kelly Puryear said there is no better way to celebrate the foundation's history than by investing in the future of these organizations.

"Times are tough these days for charitable organizations," he said. "And we need to invest our support in some of the organizations that have enabled us to have such a great impact over the last 40 years."

Grant recipients include Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation, Better Health of Cumberland County, Cape Fear Botanical Garden, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Child Advocacy Center, Connections of Cumberland County, Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults, Fayetteville Animal Protection Society, Fayetteville Area Habitat for Humanity, Fayetteville Area Operation Inasmuch, Fayetteville Family Life Center, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, Fayetteville Urban Ministry and Vision Resource Center.

For 40 years, donors' generosity has enabled the foundation to support local nonprofits' efforts. In March 2020, when COVID-19 rapidly wreaked havoc, nonprofits found the demand for services increasing while they weren't able to host fundraising events to support their services. The foundation awarded $200,000 in Rapid Response Grants.

"The local nonprofit community has done their best to pivot during this unusual time," said CCF executive director Mary Holmes. "CCF has always stepped in to provide assistance 'where needed most.' The additional $400,000 in general support grant awards will help ensure a quality of life for our community."

Since 1992, Cumberland Community Foundation has awarded more than 2,000 scholarships totaling $5,844,881. The foundation manages more than 60 scholarship endowment funds created by local individuals, families, civic organizations and corporations who want to provide a path to higher education for future generations.

“Education changes lives and we are grateful for our donors who have established scholarship endowments,” Holmes said. This year Cumberland Community Foundation is awarding $734,000 in college scholarships to students from southeastern North Carolina.

Founded on Aug. 29, 1980 with a gift from Dr. Lucile West Hutaff, Cumberland Community Foundation has been helping donors make a difference in the community for 40 years. To learn more about the Cumberland Community Foundation, go to www.cumberlandcf.org, or call 910-483-4449.