Peninsula Community Foundation donates over $150,000 to local non-profits

Cornelius Today highlights the Peninsula Community Foundation's generous donation of over $150,000 to 14 local charities. The Foundation, besides backing its usual beneficiaries, has also started supporting charities focusing on children and families. Their aim is to foster collaboration and mutual resource sharing among these charities.

Originally written and posted by Cornelius Today on July 26.

Thanks to the generosity of the local community, the Peninsula Community Foundation has just been able to award grants in excess of $150,000 to 14charities in the Lake Norman area.

In addition to the “core” charities that the PCF historically supports, the Ada Jenkins Center, The Lake Norman Community Health Clinic, Caterpillar Ministries and Bags of Hope, the all-volunteer board was able to fund many new charities, according to George Searle, PCF president.

—Many of the new charities support the needs of local children, namely Cornelius Early Scholars, a new program for preschoolers housed in the First Baptist Church in the heart of “old Cornelius;” Bridge of Hearts, which provides birthday celebrations, hygiene items and snacks for needy students; Little Smiles, with programs that bring technology to children in hospitals and for those in traumatic situations; summer Arts Camp scholarships to the Cain Center for local students; and Dream Big Basketball—developing character in young people through basketball and related mentorship.

—Several new charities help to meet the needs of local families: Alongside Families helps families stay together during times of crisis by providing financial and other support; the THRIVE organization empowers needy students by providing resources and training to students and their families; Davidson Lifeline supports mental health awareness and suicide prevention, as well as tackling the Fentanyl crisis among local youth; and Cornelius Community Development Corp. increases the availability and affordability of local housing in Cornelius for firefighters, policemen, teachers and their families.

Big Day At The Lake 2021 / Photo by Brock Williams-Smith

Other PCF beneficiaries include Safe Alliance, Smithville Summer Camp Scholarships, Hope House and Big Day at the Lake.

“We are excited to see the positive impact these charities will bring to the Lake Norman area, and we celebrate the continued success of the non-profits we have supported for years,” says Caroline Stevens, communications director for the PCF. “We try to bring charities with overlapping missions together so that they can share resources, and connect the older with the newer non-profits so that they can share their valuable experience,” Stevens added.

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PCF is committed to helping local nonprofit organizations develop and expand not only through direct financial contributions but with their entire mission. We work alongside them to increase marketing and PR, improve fundraising efforts, enhance volunteer recruitment, expand their presence in the community and improve their strategic planning and corporate governance. Our recipient organizations benefit not only from our financial contribution, but from the direct involvement of PCF Board Members, neighbors, and volunteers in the Peninsula and Cornelius community. PCF is uniting a generous community. Take your first step in joining this community and help the Peninsula be stronger together as we empower the work of nonprofit organizations.