Cumberland community foundation awards $307,500 for at-risk youth, nonprofit sustainability, health

Cumberland community foundation awards $307,500 for at-risk youth, nonprofit sustainability, healthcare, and historic preservation


Fayetteville, NC – Cumberland Community Foundation has announced $307,500 in grants to nonprofit organizations that applied in the summer Community Grants cycle. The grants were approved at the foundation’s board meeting on September 21st and the grantees were notified this week.


Fayetteville Urban Ministry will receive two grants for the Find-A-Friend Dream Center Building Project. The Raymond and Eleanor Manning Family Endowment Fund awarded $100,000 and an anonymous donor advised fund awarded $50,000 payable immediately. The new 4,700 square foot facility will be located on Whitfield Street near Fayetteville Urban Ministry and will provide a permanent home for the youth development program.

Johnny Wilson, Executive Director of Fayetteville Urban Ministry, said: “We graciously thank the Cumberland Community Foundation and its donors, supporters and staff in helping us achieve our dream building, the Find-A-Friend Youth Enrichment Center of Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Inc. This support has now helped us surpass more than 66% ($400,000) of funds needed for the project. Because we have such a generous community, I have no doubt that the other $200,000 will be donated and secured. Everyone knows that investing in our youth paves a brighter future for our community and our country.” 

Both Cape Fear Regional Theatre and Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will receive $25,000 Lilly Endowment Challenge Grants. Made possible by the Ashton Lilly Fund for Philanthropy, the foundation will match all endowment gifts up to $25,000 for each organization. Both organizations will receive $10,000 in general operating support during their endowment campaigns. 
The Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund was created in 2008 when First Home Health and Hospice, a nonprofit organization, was sold to Health Keeperz, a for profit business. So far, the community foundation has paid $277,308 from the endowment’s investment income. “The Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund demonstrates the power of endowment,” said Mary Holmes, community foundation executive director. “We received a wonderful gift in honor of Elizabeth Hudspeth, the first director of Cumberland County’s first nonprofit home health agency. We still have the original gift and every year we remember her legacy of service to our community through grants paid in her memory.”

Six organizations were awarded grants for health-care related projects from the Elizabeth A. Hudspeth Endowment Fund:

Vision Resource Center will receive $10,000 for Health and Mobility for Visually Impaired;
Better Health of Cumberland County, Inc. will receive $17,000 for Emergency Direct Aid;
Cape Fear Botanical Garden will receive $10,000 for Therapeutic Horticulture Program;
Horses That Heal will receive $2,000 for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy;
ServiceSource (Employment Source) will receive $10,000 for Friendship House Fayetteville;
Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults will receive $11,000 for Senior Citizen Access Ramps.
Heritage Square Society of North Carolina, Inc. was awarded two grants from the Historic Fayetteville Foundation Advised Fund. The first grant is for the renovation of the Baker-Haigh-Nimocks House and is $15,000 outright and an additional challenge match of up to $10,000 for the project. The second grant is $2,500 to create an Education Center where students can learn about Fayetteville history in the 1800s.
Established in 1980, Cumberland Community Foundation is a nonprofit charitable foundation that accepts donations and administers endowments for the benefit of the community.  The community foundation manages over 500 individual charitable funds totaling over $78 million. The community foundation awards grants from these funds according to the charitable purpose and processes designed by the donors. The next grant deadline will be in early 2018. For more information go to or call the community foundation 910-483-4449.