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Heart of High Point Fund
HISTORY OF THE FUND
The Heart of High Point Fund was established in the summer of 2008 by private donors and the Community Foundation with the specific purpose of providing for the “basic needs” of the High Point community. Grants are made to organizations whose mission, human resources, and at least 50% of their budget is devoted to providing food, shelter, and rehabilitation or health services to the most needy individuals and families in the community.
Over the years High Point has been blessed with a very compassionate and reliable safety net made up of local family owned businesses that loved the community and were committed to supporting the nonprofit organizations who served the basic needs of the poor. In recent years with the transition of our local economy many of these local businesses have been sold, or are no longer in existence, which has impacted support for nonprofits. The Heart of High Point Fund was established so that the community would always have a resource to support those organizations serving basic needs.
MISSION OF THE FUND
To grow and sustain a permanent endowment to provide for the basic needs of the High Point community.
HOW IS THE FUND GOVERNED?
A group of advisors called the Heart of High Point Committee manages the process. The group is made up of a diverse range of local citizens who have exhibited consistent community leadership and bring varied knowledge and experience to the process. The majority of the committee members are not serving as Trustees of the Foundation, thus providing a broader perspective.
Each committee member becomes an “advocate” for their assigned nonprofit organization, building a relationship with the organization. Grant requests can be made at any time and are submitted by the advocates to the committee for review.
The Heart of High Point Committee sets goals and strategies for the Fund and oversees all grantmaking decisions. Because the Heart of High Point Fund is an initiative of the High Point Community Foundation, oversight is provided by the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation.
HOW MUCH IS GRANTED EACH YEAR?
The Heart of High Point Fund is an endowed fund, meaning the High Point Community Foundation uses a spending policy to determine the amount to grant from the fund each year. The policy is reviewed annually by the Board of Trustees.
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