A Look Back

December 19, 2022

As the sun sets on another year, we wanted to take this opportunity, as we have in previous Decembers, to briefly reflect.

For many of us, 2022 started with a hint of optimism and the hope we could finally emerge from a near two-year state of disruption. And in some respects, we did. While the pandemic is still not yet behind us, we have (cautiously) resumed various aspects of our pre-Covid ways.

Of course, some things may never again be the same. The work landscape – for one – has completely changed, from how or where we work, to the ways in which we meet. This act of change continued to permeate how we function as an organization as well, as we worked to adapt to the evolving needs of our state, of those we partner with and support, and of those we aspire to form alliances with in the months and years ahead.

Amidst all this, however, a few things remained constant: our enthusiasm for the work, our commitment to be a better, more accessible funder, and the pride we feel in being able to support, and partner with, those directly impacting the lives of people in communities across North Carolina.

And so, as we elevate some of the notables for this past year, we do so with the recognition and understanding that our growth and our successes are less about what we have accomplished and more so a testament to the opportunity to work in partnership with those who share our commitment to the people and places of our home state. With that in mind, a few highlights we’d like to lift up from this past year, include:

Surpassing the $200 million mark in total grantmaking since our founding, investing more than $26 million in 84 new grant partnerships since this time last year.

Expanding our grant investments in support of racial equity and in people of color-led and focused organizations, as we worked to advance our racial equity commitment. This included continuing to emphasize and improve the ways community perspective and lived experience impact the decision-making of how, what, and who we fund.

Launching a new Access to Care program area, focused on helping ensure the state’s primary and behavioral health needs are served by a talented, diverse, and robust workforce.

Embracing more fully what it means to be a learning organization, building on our approach to operational excellence and conducting and sharing out lessons from formal evaluations of Community-Centered Health and our approach to be a more equitable funder.

Resuming the hosting of our regular convening of Community-Centered Health grantees.

Increasing transparency into our strategy development and tracking process.

Welcoming new members to our team, growing our perspective, skill, and expertise.

Developing and implementing a diverse portfolio of funding opportunities, made available to nonprofits across the state. Among others, this included efforts to:

As we look ahead to next year, we do so with great anticipation, knowing there is so much more we can do, and so many more ways in which we can learn and grow. We look forward to building off of the momentum from 2022 and to working with great partners – new and old – in support of a state where everyone has the opportunity to be as healthy as possible.

Best wishes to all for the coming year ahead.