Posted on November 23rd, 2016

Trustees of The Duke Endowment in Charlotte have approved more than $16 million in 35 new grants to organizations in North Carolina and South 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 grants approved at the Trustees’ November meeting came through the Health Care program area. They include:

  • $1 million to UNC Chapel Hill to establish a program to improve birth outcomes in eastern North Carolina.
  • $502,700 to Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in Spartanburg, S.C., to establish a telepsychiatry program to integrate mental health services within primary care practices in Spartanburg County.
  • $350,000 to Novant Health Foundation Presbyterian Medical Center in Charlotte to expand access to dental care for children and adults in Mecklenburg County.

The Endowment’s Health Care program area focuses on improved quality and safety of the delivery of health care, improved access to care, and enhanced prevention for improved population health. In North Carolina and South Carolina, candidates for grants include not-for-profit hospitals, academic health centers, area health education centers, select organizations in counties without an eligible hospital, and not-for-profit inpatient long- term care facilities.


The 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.