11/12/2013 3:05:00 PM Eastern Carolina Community Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy this week
Eastern Carolina Community Foundation will join more than 750 community foundations across America for the 24th Annual Community Foundation Week to tell the stories of lives changed, jobs created, and communities transformed through philanthropy’s partnership with private and public community leaders and organizations. Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. They represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy in the nation. Every state in the United States is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural. On Friday, Nov. 15, Eastern Carolina Community Foundation will host an open house for the public from 1 – 4 pm to share information about what a community foundation is and why having one in the Pee Dee is a smart thing. “As we all saw with the recent government shutdown, philanthropy provides a critical bulwark against uncertainty,” said Executive Director Sarah Shelley. “Place-based philanthropy, engages citizens and community leaders to improve lives through direct action.” The Community Foundation works hand in hand with nonprofit organizations in all seven counties of the Pee Dee to determine innovative solutions to improve the quality of life for all citizens. “Our mission to promote philanthropy has a ripple effect – we may not see all the results but everyone benefits from the collective efforts to improve the lives of people in need and create opportunities to ensure a brighter future for us all,” according to Shelley. More information about Eastern Carolina Community Foundation can be found at our website: www.easterncarolinacf.org <http://www.easterncarolinacf.org> . The Foundation offices are located at 154 W. Evans Street in historic downtown Florence.