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IMPACT NC is a foundation board run in conjunction with the Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The course is supported by the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program and funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation, with the purpose of supporting sustainable, long-term change within our local community. To supplement in-class learning experiences, the student-led cohort collaborates across committees to design, publicize and award grants to select organizations actively supporting vulnerable communities in North Carolina. Grants are awarded each spring. 


MISSION Statement

IMPACT NC uses the power of philanthropy to support vulnerable populations of North Carolina by funding organizations that promote long-term community betterment.


This year, IMPACT NC seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations serving refugee and immigrant communities in the state of North Carolina. These organizations must focus on addressing the betterment of these communities through services including, but not limited to:

  • Language proficiency
  • Advocacy and/or legal assistance
  • Financial literacy/empowerment
  • Educational programs
  • Housing and/or employment support
  • Wellness and/or health services


New Arrivals Institute

  • Mission: Assisting refugees and immigrants with self-sufficiency and US Citizenship through education.
  • Project: To offer educational and social enrichment activities to newly arrived school aged youth through the Refugee School Impact Summer Program. Planned activities are designed to fill the learning gap that occurs when public schools are closed during the summer months.
  • Grant amount: $5,000

Refuge Support Center

  • Mission: To facilitate the transition of Orange County refugees to a new life in America by providing services and developing their self-sufficiency.
  • Project: To support the education of refugees (school-aged and adult) through citizenship classes, English language instruction, and homework help and supplemental instruction and to expand interpretation services.
  • Grant amount: $5,000