impact in action

Part of Impact Alamance’s grant making plan is to invest in organizations focused on our priority areas of healthy kids and health communities. In 2014-2015 we called this effort Impact in Action; in 2016 and beyond we’ll designate these grants as our Community Health Fund. 

In the 2014-2015, over 80 percent of these grants spurred some kind of community collaboration. As a result, our grantees were able to multiply the impact of their funds.

Community Health Fund – $300,000

Alamance Burlington School System    
Alamance Community College    
Alamance County - Alamance Juvenile Crime Prevention Council
Alamance County Health Department    
Alamance County Public Libraries    
Benevolence Farm    
Centro la Communidad — Catholic Dioceses of Raleigh
Children’s Museum of Alamance County     
Community YMCA of Alamance County    
Family Abuse Services of Alamance     
Friends of Alamance County Public     
Open Door Clinic of Alamance County    
Piedmont Health Services, Inc.    
Positive Attitude Youth Center, Inc.    
The Exchange Club’s Family Center
The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club and the Alamance YMCA needed new buses to replace aging, inefficient and unreliable buses. An Impact Alamance grant, matched by additional funds both organizations raised, enabled them to buy a total of four new buses. The two organizations worked together when shopping for the buses and negotiating to purchase them, paint them and wrap them. 
“It did help us have more buying power going in together,” says Sherri Henderson, executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County. “The two organizations worked together when shopping for the buses and when negotiating to purchase, paint and wrap them.”

Response to Community Needs – $24,630

Allied Churches of Alamance County
Burlington Downtown Farmers' Market
Children's Executive Oversight Committee
United Way of Alamance County

Contributions – $23,193

Alamance Burlington School System    
Alamance County Arts Council, Inc.    
Alamance Children’s Theatre
Alamance Partnership for Children
Alamance Regional Charitable Foundation    
Children’s Museum Of Alamance County     
New Leaf Society    
Studio 1
United Way of Alamance County    
Women’s Resource Center in Alamance County

Alamance Reads Jr.

The idea for Alamance Reads Jr. in 2015 was simple: Take the Alamance Reads community reading program and expand it so children could participate. Impact Alamance’s support and a network of school librarians helped make the program a home run.

After more than a decade of promoting community reading programs to adults, Alamance Reads decided to encourage children to read and discuss Sue Corbett’s “Free Baseball.” 

A $7,000 grant enabled the program to scale up its ambitions considerably, says Alamance Reads Co-chair Michelle Mills, expanding it beyond a library-based program.

The grant paid for hundreds of copies of the book, including 20 for each elementary school in the county, 50 for Alamance County Public Libraries, and additional copies to various agencies serving elementary school children. The book was even used by an adult literacy class at Alamance Community College.

The grant also paid for Corbett, the author, to visit South Mebane Elementary School, where she gave a presentation and answered student questions. The presentation was recorded and shared with other elementary schools in the county.

Mills says that efforts to encourage reading among children, like Alamance Reads Jr., can have a major impact.

Reading is essential to academic success, which is then essential to income stability when they get older,” she says. “If some of these children will stick to reading, that’s where we’ll see the results.”
— Michelle Mills, Alamance Reads Co-chair

Capacity Building

We believe our nonprofit partners are a vital safety net. As part of our work to create a healthier, more vibrant community, Impact Alamance supports organizations in becoming more efficient and effective at their individual missions — so they can better serve those who need their help. Our grant making in this area includes capacity building work and grant writing assistance.

NonProfit Capacity Building – $82,500

Alamance Citizens for Education
Alamance County Dispute Settlement and Youth Services
Allied Churches of Alamance County
Ebenezer United Church of Christ
Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County

Allied Churches, a capacity-building grant recipient, harnesses the power of volunteers and the generosity of Alamance County residents to assist those who need food, shelter or help attaining self-sufficiency.

Grant Writer Assistance – $9,000

Alamance Partnership for Children
Family Justice Center
United Way of Alamance County

Women's Resource Center

When the Women’s Resource Center of Alamance County applied for an Impact Alamance capacity building grant in 2015, the organization knew it needed to develop a new strategic plan.

In the three years or so prior to that, it had lost significant funding due to state budget cuts and gone through a leadership change. Susan Watson, who came on board as executive director in January 2014, says the organization had survived a tough period, but knew it needed a clear strategy to move forward.

A nonprofit consulting firm came in, did a deep dive and helped the Center develop a new strategic plan.

“They helped the board set five top priorities,” Watson says. “They helped us develop a performance management tool that lays out our activities plus these top five priorities.”
The Women’s Resource Center honored women leaders at its second annual Leading the Way event. The organization used a capacity building grant from Impact Alamance to develop and implement a new strategic plan to serve more women in Alamance County.

And that’s important for the thousands of women the Center serves each year, from the professional women who network and find community service opportunities through the Center to the women of all backgrounds who need guidance and support as they go through challenging work or personal transitions.

We’re excited for what the future looks like,” Watson says. “We feel that this work that we’ve done has positioned us for growth.”
— Susan Watson, Women's Resource Center Executive Director