Foundation For The Carolinas

Charlotte, NC   |  http://www.fftc.org

Mission

FOUNDATION FOR THE CAROLINAS INSPIRES PHILANTHROPY AND EMPOWERS INDIVIDUALS TO CREATE A BETTER COMMUNITY.

Ruling year info

1962

President & CEO

Dr. Michael Marsicano Ph.D.

Main address

220 N Tryon Street

Charlotte, NC 28202 USA

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EIN

56-6047886

NTEE code info

Community Foundations (T31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Recent studies pinpoint low economic mobility for children in our region. The causes are highly complex but correlate strongly to racial and economic segregation in the community, health outcomes, workforce development, family structure, social capital and K-12 school quality.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Robinson Center for Civic Leadership

Actively addresses the community’s most pressing challenges and greatest opportunities, from economic opportunity to neighborhood revitalization to education and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Read Charlotte is a community initiative that unites families, educators and community partners to improve children’s literacy from birth to third grade with a goal of doubling reading proficiency from 39% to 80%.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children and youth

Project LIFT is a one-on-one mentoring organization that empowers youth to be self-confident and productive adults through academic support and life skills training.

In fulfilling our mission we,
•Provide a safe and encouraging environment with supportive adult volunteers
•Give participants real world experiences in their career interests
•Provide participants with a comprehensive like skill development plan to include personal goals, value assessing, and skill requirements.
•Match participants with adult mentors that build solid and trusting relationships
•Promote self awareness
•Increase academic success through tutoring, incentives, and study habit encouragement

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Council on Foundations - Member

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FFTC, the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County launched the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force to address the issues around economic opportunity in our region.

The Task Force developed a set of recommendations to broaden access to economic opportunity for all residents of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, which it released in March of 2017. We will continue to support the critically important work of the Task Force, now known as Leading on Opportunity.

Briefly, our goals include: increased availability and dispersion of affordable housing, increased childcare and Pre-K access, and improved college and career readiness.

In parallel, we will use economic opportunity as a lens through which we evaluate community needs in our competitive grantmaking programs.

As charged in the Leading on Opportunity Report, we take a systemic approach to addressing the key determinants of early care and education, college and career readiness, and child and family stability, while simultaneously focusing on the cross-cutting factors of segregation and social capital. An in-depth review of our strategies and tactics can be found at leadingonopportunity.org.

We honor the fidelity of the work of the Opportunity Task Force in seeking systemic change to improve outcomes.

We acknowledge power dynamics openly and ensure work is intentional in deploying an equity lens.

We model respect for diverse opinions and engage in robust and candid discussion with a goal of achieving collective wisdom.

We recognize the respect and trust placed in our work by the community and strive to ensure decisions are made with the highest degree of integrity.

We openly communicate the decisions of the Council.

We work alongside the community to mobilize resources and implement community-driven responses to recommendations of the Opportunity Task Force.

We leverage media strategically to amplify awareness of our shared humanity and drive action towards increasing social and economic mobility.

We are proud of the many successes to date, here are a few highlights:

1) Over $250 million in increased funding for affordable housing
2) Publicly funded universal Pre-K for 4-year-olds
3) City and County budgets aligned with Leading on Opportunity recommendations
4) Corporate community aligned to support Leading on Opportunity recommendations

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve family (personal), nonprofit, and corporate clients with their philanthropy needs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Continuing to develop the client experience based on feedback from a focus group of clients.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Foundation For The Carolinas

Board of directors
as of 7/22/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jewell Hoover

Community Volunteer

Gwin Barr

Community Volunteer

Lynn Good

Community Volunteer

Todd Mansfield

Community Volunteer

Kevin Roche

Community Volunteer

Lynn Scott Safrit

Community Volunteer

Kendall Alley

Community Volunteer

Al de Molina

Community Volunteer

Barnes Hauptfuhrer

Community Volunteer

Jesse Cureton

Community Volunteer

Vanessa Harrison

Community Volunteer

Ruth Shaw

Community Volunteer

Chris Poplin

Community Volunteer

Jancey Patrick

Community Volunteer

Cathy Bessant

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/22/2021,

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Not transgender (cisgender)

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/22/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.