Future Funding Opportunities

We are pleased to announce the John Rex Endowment’s 2020 competitive funding opportunity calendar. In May we will release the Nonprofit Capacity Building Request for Proposals (RFP). This funding area is to support nonprofits' ability to assess and strengthen their infrastructure in order to deliver quality programming more effectively and efficiently. Grant awards will be made in October. This is the only RFP scheduled for release in 2020. We are in conversation with our active grantees whose projects are candidates for additional funding through expansion opportunities.

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John Rex Endowment Announces Over $950,000 in Grants

The John Rex Endowment awarded over $950,000 in October for grants that support an environment where children and families in greater Wake County live healthy lives. Grants were awarded to Community Music School, East Wake Education Foundation, Learning Together, Passage Home, The Hope Center at Pullen, WakeMed Pediatrics and NC Child.

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Insights from Sabrina: Social Innovation Director

One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hangs in my office and reads, “Philanthropy is commendable, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary.” This quote has multiple meanings for me.  First, it reminds me that the need for philanthropy grew out of larger, systemic issues that are still present today.  The quote also reminds me that the philanthropic sector alone cannot solve issues of inequities that are centuries in the making. Economic injustices are community issues and directly and indirectly impact us all. 

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John Rex Endowment Grants Over $1.75M to Impact Conditions Affecting Children’s Health

The John Rex Endowment is pleased to announce grant awards totaling more than $1.75 million to five organizations to improve the environment in which Wake County children and their families are born, live, learn, work, play, worship and age. The five grant recipients are: EVOLVE Mentoring: $480,260; Families Together: $600,000; Haven House Services: $97,172; Methodist Home for Children: $119,915; and Southeast Raleigh Promise: $453,490.

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President’s Message: A Fresh Look at Strategic Philanthropy

It’s true, time flies. I know this because I will be celebrating my two-year anniversary with the Endowment in a few months. In this time, I continue to be awed by our government agencies and nonprofits who relentlessly provide for their clients while striving to support themselves. Their fortitude and creativity in addressing the needs of our neighbors is remarkable. At the same time, I have increasing respect for what is required to be an effective funder.

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New Funding Available for Nonprofit Capacity Building

The John Rex Endowment announces a new funding opportunity as part of our Strategic Roadmap. The aim of this Nonprofit Capacity Building Request for Proposals (RFP) is to build the strength and sustainability of nonprofit organizations that support vulnerable Wake County children in living healthy lives. For a full description of this opportunity, including eligibility, see the RFP. Letters of Intent for this current funding opportunity are due Tuesday, June 11.

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AHA to Sunset. ACEs Work will Continue.

One of Wake County’s leading collaborations has dissolved, effective March 15, 2019. For more than 10 years, Advocates for Health in Action (AHA) sought to improve the health and well-being of Wake County residents.  The John Rex Endowment was honored to have provided leadership and financial support for AHA and to have collaborated with the staff, board and community partners. We express our appreciation for the many ways in which AHA contributed to the well-being of our community.

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