Funds available for eastern NC nonprofits through Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment

Published 7:22 am Wednesday, July 27, 2022

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The start of this year’s competitive grants program of the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment has begun.

This program is the fifth annual competitive cycle from the endowment, which supports nonprofit organizations focusing on education, health and human services in 41 eastern North Carolina counties: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.

The endowment was established at the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) in 2015. Grants have been made to Burevitch’s named nonprofits since then. The competitive grants program began in 2018 and has awarded a total of $2 million in an effort to improve the communities of eastern NC and the lives of people who live in them.

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This opportunity will provide a total of $500,000 in funds from the foundation, with individual grant awards ranging from $25,000 to $50,000.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant should review the full request for proposals at, which includes guidelines, fund preferences and information on how to apply. Grant proposals must focus on education, health and human services and there will be some preference given to grant proposals that benefit women, the elderly, children and youth in the region or southeastern North Carolina. Deadline for applications is noon on July 29.

“Mrs. B,” as Burevitch was known to her friends, was a Wilmington native whose generosity was well-known in southeastern North Carolina and beyond. Burevitch died in September 2014, leaving behind a fortune that few knew she possessed. Her charitable giving was motivated by her generous nature and concern for the welfare of people and animals, according to a press release from the North Carolina Community Foundation. Read more about her at

The North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF) is the single statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered more than $217 million in grants since its inception in 1988. With more than $400 million in assets, NCCF sustains more than 1,200 endowments established to provide long-term support of a broad range of community needs, nonprofit organizations, institutions and scholarships.

NCCF partners with a network of affiliate foundations to provide local resource allocation and community assistance across the state. A key component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure that rural philanthropy has a voice at the local, regional and national levels, stated the release. For more information, visit