The and the have announced a challenge grant of up to $1 million from the to continue the community foundation's Critical Need Response Fund for a third year.
Launched in late 2008, CNRF provides supplemental funding to social service agencies working to provide food, shelter, and clothing to individuals in need. CNRF received donations totaling $2.7 million in its first year of operation and $3.9 million in its second year from a range of businesses, foundations, and individuals to help local agencies address record levels of demand for their services. The Levine Foundation has provided funding for CNFR since its inception; this year the foundation will provide a one-to-two match for other donations to the fund, up to $1 million.
For the past two years, the Foundation for the Carolinas has administered the fund, collecting donations and convening an advisory board to evaluate grant requests and make funding decisions. This year, the fund will be operated by the local United Way, which is making CNRF one of five options for giving in its general community campaign.
"We are delighted to host the Critical Need Response Fund," said United Way of Central Carolinas executive director Jane McIntyre. "For years, United Way has handled emergency fund requests on behalf of corporate donors, so we are well equipped to engage the public in this sort of effort."