Trinity Episcopal, a K-8 school in center-city Charlotte, creates scholars, nurtures spirituality and embraces diversity, enabling students to become inspiring, well-rounded leaders of tomorrow.
A $2.5MM gift over three years provides teacher enrichment
and student scholarships.
The ROC recruits, educates and mentors high school students for career and technical education and employment opportunities in the construction industry. The goal is to provide these students with the skills and training required for long-term success.
A $250,000 gift will help fund the training programs, which include advanced carpentry, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, blue print analysis, green building design and computer-aided design & drafting.
Classroom Central equips impoverished students to effectively learn by providing free school supplies. The Mobile Free Store distributes supplies to teachers, which is particularly helpful in the outer areas of CMS.
A $317,000 gift over three years fully funded the Mobile Free Store. A $78,820 grant provided 2,252 backpacks full of essential school supplies to students in selected high poverty schools through Classroom Central’s Backpacks and Basics program.
Hickory Grove Christian School has developed an aquaponics system – which is a mixture of hydroponic gardening and aquaculture fish development – to teach students how to grow healthy food for local families in need and to teach third-world countries how to develop a sustainable food source. A $12,500 gift was given to sustain the lab and build out a new green house.
Here is a glimpse of the amazing opportunity some of our high school students and community leaders experienced together over a three-day trip to Washington, D.c. in August, 2019. As you’ll see in the video, the students are well-equipped and passionate about making a difference in our community and the world ̶ all they need are resources, opportunities for meaningful connection with others, and a chance to share their ideas and vision for the future. In short, students have a strong desire to be “Difference Makers” in this world.
Time Out Youth provides respect, support, advocacy and compassionate education to LGBTQ youth and their allies (ages 11-20) in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. A $1.6MM gift provided a new safe environment youth center for LGBTQ youth by fostering interaction, learning and affirmation. Learn More
Florence Crittenton Services of North Carolina provides comprehensive health, education and social services for at-risk or pregnant adolescents. A $1MM gift over 3 years will improve and sustain the facilities and provide program services. Learn More
Project L.I.F.T. stands for Project Leadership & Investment For Transformation. Their unique public-private partnership between Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Charlotte’s philanthropic community operates in in nine learning communities within the school district. Their goal is to change the way traditionally under-served students are educated, supported and empowered to realize their full potential. A $1MM gift over 2 years will provide the L.I.F.T. schools with support to cement best practices and focus on bolstering student achievement. During this year, they will assess the needs of the 19 other schools that will compose Central Learning Community 1, and work with principals and district leadership to determine and implement interventions. Learn More
The YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy minds, bodies and spirits for people of all ages. A $500,000 gift over two years helps provide a path for at-risk teens to receive help in their journey to success and productivity through the YMCA’s Year of Opportunity. Working with CMPD and other partners, a year-round system of support, mentorship and opportunity was created. Learn More
The North Carolina Outward Bound School Unity Project is a wilderness-based high school program empowering youth of diverse backgrounds to become compassionate leaders of social change. A $250,000 gift enabled them to expand the Unity Project to additional CMS schools. An additional $38,045 gift was raised during a matching challenge in the fall. Learn More
Queens University provides transformative educational experiences that nurture intellectual curiosity, promote global understanding, encourage ethical living and prepare individuals for purposeful and fulfilling lives. A $10MM gift over five years was given for the establishment of the Sarah Belk Gambrell Center for the Arts and Civic Engagement, a renovation project of a 50-year-old building dedicated to arts, creativity and community. The Foundation honored its founder through the naming of this new center. Learn More
Caldwell Presbyterian’s diverse membership intersects rich and poor, black and white, straight and gay people bearing witness to God’s ways of love and justice through a range of caring, outreach and advocacy ministries. A $1.2MM gift will help repair its facilities, research a campus master plan and fund stipends for interns in ministry and social justice. Learn More
Camp Blue Skies provides overnight camp for adults with development disabilities including Down syndrome, Autism, Williams syndrome, and other cognitive disabilities. Their focus on health and nutrition, exercise and life skills education is provided with the intention that these participants can return home to live more independently and lead fulfilling and productive lives. A $1MM gift over 5 years will ensure the unique camp experience will continue and grow. Learn More
MeckEd strives to ensure that all children in Mecklenburg County have access to excellent public education resulting in skills and experiences necessary to lead productive, successful lives. A $1MM gift towards “The Locator,” a tool that assists parents in finding access to after-school programs for middle school students in the CMS area. Learn More
Charlotte Symphony is committed to delivering exceptional music experiences in addition to serving the community. A $500,000 gift over 2 years will support education and community engagement programs including a focus on activities for children with the fewest resources and greatest need. They serve children in three under-served neighborhoods through a free after-school program of ensemble instruction and performance, mentoring, and homework assistance. Learn More Photo credit: Logan Cyrus
YWCA believes in eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. A $250,000 Challenge Grant helped the YWCA meet their Unlocking the Future campaign goal to enhance their health and wellness programs, and ensuring their ability to serve Charlotte long into the future. Learn More