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Meet the Local Nonprofits Receiving Tech Idea Incubator Fund Grants!

April 29, 2021    in


Tech Rising, an initiative founded by AvidXchange, was created with a goal of helping to eliminate the digital divide and foster digital inclusion here in Charlotte. The initiative launched last summer and AvidXChange hosted their first Tech Rising Virtual Summit in partnership with SHARE Charlotte on February 25th of this year.

The Virtual Summit brought together local government officials, public school representatives, business leaders, nonprofits and members of the community all who are playing a key part in bridging the digital divide in our community. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: La Escuelita Bilingual Preschool

Written by Holly Blackman    on April 28, 2021    in


“Volunteers are truly essential, especially for these children who benefit from a high level of attention, Pat Shaw, Director of La Escuelita Bilingual Preschool in Davidson, explained. “They (volunteers) speak English with the children - different accents, different backgrounds and different vocabularies. Plus, they share invaluable talents. These interactions are cultural experiences for everyone,” said Shaw. 

Spotlight On Our Sponsor: Duke Energy

April 23, 2021    in


How COVID-19 is Shaping Philanthropic Giving at Duke Energy

Duke Energy has been a long time supporter of DO GOOD Week and their unwavering commitment to our nonprofit community doesn’t end there, not even close. Curious how COVID-19 and the past year has impacted Duke Energy’s philanthropic giving? Read this quick Q&A to learn more about their current focus areas, what employee engagement looks like these days, and just how much they have invested in COVID relief efforts. 

The pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives. How has Duke Energy supported its customers, communities and employees?

#SpotlightOnCLT: Mind Body Baby NC

Written by Eden Estabrook    on April 21, 2021    in


“It takes a village to raise a child” - African Proverb

We’re all familiar with the saying. Even if you didn’t know its origins, you’ve likely heard it said. The proverb is based on the premise that the responsibility of caring for a child extends beyond parents to the community in which they live.  

It’s this mentality that Mind Body Baby NC takes to heart. Raising a child is hard enough as it is, not to mention navigating the complexities of pre-and-postpartum struggles like postpartum depression, anxiety and birth trauma.

#SpotlightOnCLT: The FACTS Initiative

April 19, 2021    in


Written by Amy Andrews

Founded by clinicians Gwen Harris and Aisha Yesher-el, The FACTS Initiative provides mental health treatment to children and families in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area.

The FACTS Initiative is focused on providing access to quality care for all patients, many of whom are dealing with trauma, yet a great deal of their time was being spent navigating the medical billing process.  

Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S experience mental illness each year. Many of their struggles can be traced to traumas suffered in childhood or adolescence. The FACTS Initiative offers interventions, tools, and techniques to get children and families on the path to wellness. 

Spotlight On Our Sponsor: Allstate

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 16, 2021    in


Who do you want in your corner when faced with a crisis? We want people who step up, not step away. Our friends at Allstate, an official sponsor of this year's DO GOOD Week celebration, have been keeping clients in good hands, especially through crises, for 90 years. 

But it's’ not just their clients who Allstate and the Allstate Foundation care for, they are committed to supporting our entire community. 

“Volunteerism is core to our culture at Allstate. It’s at the heart of everything we do,” says Paula Stang, Associate Manager of Community Leadership for the Allstate Foundation.

DO GOOD Week 2021 (April 18-24)

Written by Nicole Copsis    on April 14, 2021    in


DO GOOD Week | April 18-24, 2021

We all know time is a valuable thing, but do you know just how valuable yours could be to a local nonprofit? Simply put, the support of volunteers is critical and can determine the success of an organization. 

Now in its fifth year, DO GOOD Week,  a local celebration of National Volunteer Week,  is an annual opportunity for our community to intentionally come together and give time and talent to support our local nonprofits.

No matter what cause you care about, or how you want to give your time, there is a nonprofit that needs you. Visit dogood.sharecharlotte.org to DO GOOD today.

Let Us Match You! 

#SpotlightOnCLT: Make an Impact Foundation

Written by Holly Blackman    on March 25, 2021    in


In 2010, Dale Gillmore, had a for-profit business but wasn’t seeing the community impact where he was donating and desired to be more vested in social programs helping children. Corporations often have entire departments for social responsibility initiatives, but Gillmore experienced little tangible tie to the projects in which his small business was investing. Thus, he started Make an Impact Foundation (MAIF) as a grant program to promote the education and well-being of children, so he could directly invest in the lives of children in the Charlotte region. MAIF identifies children in severe need (homeless, impoverished, etc.) as well as those with learning or emotional needs, disabilities, diseases or chronic illness and creates opportunities to produce change in their lives. 

#SpotlightOnCLT: HeartBright Foundation

March 25, 2021    in


Written by Amy Andrews

Each year, cardiovascular disease kills more citizens in North Carolina than cancer, AIDS, accidents, violence and alcohol abuse combined, and it accounts for one out of every four deaths in our area. 

The HeartBright Foundation was created to address this issue and help those, particularly in under-served and at-risk populations, who are dealing with heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. 

HeartBright’s free programming includes an expansive community outreach program that focuses on education, nutrition and fitness as well as a free clinic that provides treatment, access and support for patients. 

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