The John Rex Endowment’s work is guided by our Strategic Roadmap, launched in 2019. It reflects what we have learned and how we will meet our desired impact that all Wake County children and their families are safe, healthy and living to their full potential. In December 2019 the Board of Directors approved two funding areas, aligned with the Strategic Roadmap:

  • Children’s positive social, emotional, and behavioral health and well-being
  • Nonprofit Capacity Building - the enhancement of a nonprofit's core infrastructure so the organization can deliver quality programming more effectively and efficiently, for the near- and long-term future.

We are pleased to announce our March 2021 competitive Nonprofit Capacity Building funding opportunity.

Nonprofit Capacity Building

The pandemic has left many nonprofits struggling economically and seeing an increased demand for services. At the same time organizations are considering ways to ensure that mission and organizational needs continue to be met. Through engaging in strategic relationships there is opportunity for nonprofits to achieve greater impact. By working together, whether through programmatic partnerships or shared back office services, organizations may be able to deliver more and better services. For information related to strategic relationships, see the article "Mergers, collaborations, and strategic alliances" from the National Council of Nonprofits.

The intent of this opportunity is to help grassroots organizations with limited funding opportunities develop stronger partnerships, collaborations, and possibly mergers to maintain their missions during the ongoing economic impacts of COVID-19. The applicant organization’s programming should be specifically, intentionally designed to meet the social, emotional, behavioral health and well-being needs of children and families made most vulnerable.  Priority consideration will be given to Black/Latinx/Indigenous-led grassroots organizations. More information on eligibility will be given in the RFP.

Upcoming dates:

  • Week of March 15: A Request for Proposals (RFP) detailing this Nonprofit Capacity Building funding opportunity on Strategic Relationships will be released.
  • Week of June 7: Grant awards will be announced.

Please watch the foundation’s website for our grant cycles.