Posted on September 8th, 2016

Sept. 6, 2016 – Trustees of The Duke Endowment in Charlotte have approved $10.3 million in new grants to United Methodist organizations in North Carolina.

The Duke Endowment is one of the largest private foundations in the Southeast. Its work in North Carolina and South Carolina focuses on four program areas: Child Care, Health Care, Higher Education and rural United Methodist churches.

The 26 grants approved at the most recent Trustee meeting came through the Rural Church program area. They include:

  • $1.8 million to Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) to help rural N.C. churches expand and coordinate food ministry programs.
  • $850,000 to Sharon United Methodist Church in Kinston, N.C., to support a community home repair program.
  • $180,000 to Jonesboro United Methodist Church in Sanford, N.C., to expand a Hispanic community outreach program.
  • $80,000 to the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church in Charlotte, N.C., to engage congregations in service to schools.

The Duke Endowment’s Rural Church program area focuses on enhancing congregational vitality, deepening spiritual formation, and fostering community impact. Candidates for grants include United Methodist churches that serve rural North Carolina communities, the North Carolina and Western North Carolina conferences and districts of the United Methodist Church, and Duke University Divinity School.

The Duke Endowment has distributed more than $3.3 billion in grants since its inception in 1924. The foundation shares a name with Duke University and Duke Energy, but all are separate organizations.