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North Carolina Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside (left) receives a ceremonial check from SECU Foundation Board Chair Jo Anne Sanford. As part of a shared $10 million commitment of the $45.19 billion, Raleigh, N.C.-based State Employees’ Credit Union and the State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation to provide COVID-19 disaster relief, an additional grant has been made – this time to support local non-profit organizations in communities across North Carolina. The SECU Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization funded by the contributions of members of SECU, announced a $3 million grant to the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF). NCCF is a grant making foundation that provides small-dollar awards to sustain and grow non-profits in underserved communities in North Carolina. The $3 million grant is comprised of two pieces – a $2 million general purpose grant that will help NCCF provide assistance to community non-profits through its North Carolina Healing Communities Fund, and a $1 million challenge grant that will help NCCF raise the additional capital needed to meet the goals of the Healing Communities Fund. The fund will focus on small-dollar grants to local non-profits that provide services in health care, human services, housing and education.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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