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ImpactNC is a foundation board run in conjunction with HBEH 611: Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change, a course at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offered in the Spring semester. The course is supported by the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program and partially funded by the Learning by Giving Foundation, with the purpose of supporting sustainable, long-term change in North Carolina communities. To supplement in-class learning experiences on the history, models, and current state of philanthropy, participating students design, publicize and award grants to select organizations actively supporting vulnerable communities in North Carolina. Grants are awarded each spring.

Applications for this course are currently closed.


2021 MISSION STATEMENT (this changes each semester based on the focus area of the class)

ImpactNC 2021 uses equity-conscious thinking to fund organizations in Tier 1 North Carolina counties that promote social justice philanthropy and provide direct relief to those most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year, ImpactNC seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations serving Tier 1 counties in the state of North Carolina. Preference will be given to organizations that address the general well-being of these communities especially in regards to increasing access to the following categories:

  • Food
  • Healthcare (i.e. mental, dental, physical)
  • Housing


Applications for ImpactNC grants are currently closed and the 2022 application will open during the spring.

For questions, email ImpactNC.
Philanthropy Course
Philanthropy as a Tool for Social Change (HBEH 611-spring) is a three-credit hour service-learning course offered through the Carolina Center for Public Service’s Buckley Public Service Scholars program and The Learning by Giving Program. Through this course, students learn about and experience the process of awarding grants to local agencies. Throughout the course, students function as a committee and are responsible for researching the needs of North Carolina, designing grant award criteria, drafting and distributing a request for proposals, reviewing submissions, and awarding $10,000 to select community organizations. In addition to meeting weekly and participating in the grant-making process, students learn about the nonprofit sector and the philosophy and practice of philanthropy through readings, class exercises and guest speakers. Students interested in taking the course submit applications that will be reviewed by a student committee. Preference is given to participants in the Buckley Public Service Scholars program. The course is designated to fulfill the EE (Experiential Education) requirement as well as the BPSS service-learning component.


Please direct questions to the course instructors, Lynn Blanchard or Becca Bender.