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Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Community Fund announces grant award recipients

Charlotte, N.C. – The Steering Committee for the Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Community Fund is pleased to announce its 2011 grant award recipients. The award recipients are Hope Haven, Inc. ($10,000), Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter ($5,000), C. Ray & Cynthia Kennedy Foundation ($5,000), Girl Talk ($3,750), Lakewood Community Development Corporation ($3,750), and Classroom Central ($2,500). 

The grant funds were made possible through the Lethia Henderson Fund Endowment and the Elizabeth S. Randolph African American Fund Endowment managed by the Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC).  The Henderson Fund was established at FFTC in 1981 to support non-profit programs and organizations with an emphasis on health and community service.  Henderson was an African American business woman and resident of the Beatties Ford Road Corridor.  The Randolph Fund was established in 1993 at FFTC to foster philanthropy and to support non-profit programs and organizations that address African American concerns.  Randolph was a teacher and principal in Charlotte and also lived along the Beatties Ford Road Corridor.

In 2010, the Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC) facilitated a partnership between the Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Agenda, which was being administered by Johnson C. Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Agenda, which was being administered by Johnson C. Smith University and the FFTC’s African American Community Foundation.  The new partnership is known as the Charlotte Mecklenburg African American Community Fund (CMAACF).  The partnership grew out of the Foundation’s Community Catalyst Initiative where non-profit organizations were encouraged to reconsider how to deliver services in more collaborative ways.   Johnson C. Smith University’s Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development currently provides administrative support and technical assistance to the Steering Committee of the newly formed CMAACF and its subsequent grant award recipients.

According to Sherrill Hampton, executive director, of the Center for Applied Leadership and Community Development, the grant awards will support a range of activities benefitting Charlotte’s African American community, including after-school tutoring, mentoring for high school girls and young African American males, educational supplies for low income and at-risk students, and outreach and education on a debilitating disease affecting women of color.  Hampton also says that Johnson C. Smith is proud to assist in helping to continue the legacy of philanthropic giving by two great Charlotteans.

According to Tiffany Capers, FFTC’s vice president, Civic Leadership Programs and Initiatives, with the 2011 grants, the Henderson and Randolph Funds have made nearly $300,000 in grants to non-profit organizations.  Persons or groups interested in contributing to the Henderson and Randolph Funds or opening a new Fund, may contact Capers at the Foundation For The Carolinas at (704) 973-4537.  All contributions are tax deductible.

For more information on grant award requirements and funded projects, visit the Foundation For The Carolinas web site at www.fftc.org or call Sherrill Hampton at (704) 378-1194. 

The application process for the 2012 funding cycle will begin in early March with an application workshop.  Completed applications will be due in early April.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to nearly 1,500 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.          

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