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Anonymous Donor to Match Cabarrus County Community Foundation's Grants if $50,000 is Raised

Nov 07, 2018 06:31PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Courtesy of the Foundation For The Carolinas Facebook page @foundationforthecarolinas.

The Cabarrus County Community Foundation (CCCF) was established in 1989 with a generous gift of $50,000 from The Cannon Foundation. Bringing the community together through local philanthropy, the Foundation's purpose is to bring together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impact.

"We are led by a board of trustees (listed below) that awards grants to local nonprofits addressing important issues in our community," said Kindl Detar, who oversees Foundation's regional grantmaking boards. 

The Foundation is an affiliate of Charlotte-based Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC), a community foundation dedicated to strengthening the region through philanthropy. "FFTC provides back-office support to invest and manage our funds and supports our grantmaking and board meetings," Detar told us. 

Right now, the Foundation is urging donors to meet anonymous challenge grants, and we wanted to learn more. Luckily, Detar took some time to answer a few questions about the Foundation and the current grants for us. 

Tell is a little bit about the Cabarrus County Community Foundation.

Local grantmaking is really the heart and soul of the Cabarrus County Community Foundation. In its nearly 30-year history, the board has proudly awarded 287 grants to 81 organizations totaling nearly $1.5 million. This grantmaking has benefitted numerous worthy causes ranging from education to healthcare to housing and more.

Cabarrus County Community Foundation 2018 Board of Trustees

  • Peggy Wagstaff, Chair, Civic Leader
  • Vernon Russell, Vice Chair, Plummer, Russell & Plummer PLLC
  • David Gordon, Immediate Past Chair, Gordon, Keeter & Co.
  • Troy Barnhardt, Civic Leader
  • Tracy Caldwell, New Piney Grove Baptist Church
  • Benita Conrad, Cabarrus County Sheriff's Office
  • Tim Hagler, Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Jan Beatty-Hendley, Vice Chair, Wells Fargo
  • Chris Lowder, Cabarrus County Schools
  • Perla Nunes, Duke University Medical Center
  • Tanya Oesterreich, Oesterreich Law PLLC
  • David Phillips, Civic Leader
  • Trent Propst, Propst Brothers Distributors
  • William Reames, Nationwide Insurance
  • Betty Stocks, Concord Police Department

Who do the grants benefit?

All grants stay local and benefit nonprofits that are working to serve residents of Cabarrus County. We award grants for broad charitable purposes within this geographic footprint, allowing the board to focus on the holistic needs of the community.  

At the beginning of each year, the board assesses the needs of the community and tailors its grantmaking accordingly. This allows the board to respond to emerging issues. For example, last year we awarded a large grant to Hope Haven’s Serenity House to support those affected by the opioid epidemic.  

The board awards grants through an annual competitive grant cycle, devoting considerable time and thought to the decision process. Nonprofits and other eligible organizations that benefit residents of Cabarrus County are welcome to apply for grants. Organizations must document their programs’ needs and show sustainability. Visit for details.

In 2017, the board awarded the grants listed below. In 2018, the board plans to award between $75,000 and $137,000, depending on the final results of this year’s fundraising efforts.

Cabarrus County Community Foundation 2017 Grants (Total Grants: $55,000)

  • $5,000 to Academic Learning Center to help fund a free after-school tutoring program.
  • $3,500 to Boys & Girls Club of Cabarrus County to help fund an after-school program.
  • $5,000 to Cabarrus Cooperative Christian Ministry to help homeless families become homeowners.
  • $2,000 to Cabarrus Partnership for Children to provide teen parents with support.
  • $5,000 to Community Free Clinic to supply low in come uninsured diabetic patients with supplies.
  • $1,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Cabarrus County to help fund the Collegiate Challenge Build.
  • $15,000 to Hope Haven to provide integrated services for patients with medial and behavioral health needs.
  • $3,000 to Junior Charity League to provide clothing to economically disadvantaged children.
  • $5,000 to Mental Health Association of Central Carolinas to provide parents of youth with emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues improved wellness outcomes.
  • $5,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to provide food every month to seniors at risk of hunger.
  • $5,000 to The Salvation Army to fund an emergency shelter for residents in need.

Is this the first year hosting this fundraiser? 

Although the board has hosted events in previous years, this year we have a new and exciting matching gift opportunity. 

Earlier this year, an anonymous donor – a Cabarrus County native - came to us with a challenge: if the community can raise $50,000 for grantmaking, the donor will give $50,000 to this year’s grantmaking fund AND $50,000 to the endowment. That would triple the value of each dollar given.

In April, we hosted an event at The Hotel Concord to announce this challenge and provide the opportunity to hear more from some of the 2017 grantees. We were thrilled that this event prompted another donor to step forward to give an additional $25,000 to Cabarrus’ endowment! The original donor even agreed to match this new amount – but only if the community raises the full $50,000 by December 1.  All told, if the community succeeds in raising $50,000, it will trigger gifts of another $50,000 to this year’s grantmaking funds and $100,000 to the endowment. 

We are only $17,000 away hitting that goal.

Can anyone contribute?

Yes! We welcome contributions from any individual, civic group, business, you name it! The anonymous donors are very interested in seeing the community come together to grow the endowed funds – and thus, the grantmaking potential – of the Cabarrus County Community Foundation, and we’re pleased to note that thus far, we’ve received nearly 30 gifts ranging from $50 to several thousand dollars.  

To give, folks can simply go to to give online. We are grateful for the support!

What's one of your most memorable experiences?

One of the board chair’s most memorable experiences was watching children get off the bus with new coats and shoes after having been taken to the Junior Charity League Clothes Closet, thanks to a grant from the Foundation. She was an elementary school principal at the time and understood the extreme needs of her students.

Is there anything else we need to know?

Board chair Peggy Wagstaff said, “The challenge grant will allow donors to impact more Cabarrus County residents than ever before. The needs are real and helping our neighbors and giving them hope elevates us all.”

To learn more about the Cabarrus County Community Foundation, visit or contact me at or 704.973.4581. 

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