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New Hanover Community Endowment
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New Hanover Community Endowment is a public charity that was established in February 2021 from the sale of the County-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health. The purpose of NHCE is to improve the health, education, safety, and economic opportunity of every person in New Hanover County, as well as to build a community that is just and inclusive.

New Hanover Community Endowment is a fully independent entity from both Novant Health and the New Hanover County government.

NHCE was created to significantly improve our community by prioritizing funding in the following four areas:
• Education: Public primary, secondary, and post-secondary
• Equity: Social and health equity
• Community safety
• Community development
We seek to identify and address the root challenges in these areas, aiming for long-lasting and deeply impactful solutions in our community.

Our Community Advisory Council (CAC), made up of members from the community, provides input and advice to the board and staff. Additionally, our board and staff regularly meet with community leaders to solicit feedback and guidance, and we conduct biannual public meetings to provide updates and hear from the broader community.

We strive to be a listening and learning organization. We are accessible by phone at 910-756-5990 or email throughout the year if a community member has input or questions.

Any registered 501c3 nonprofit organization or public entity in New Hanover County is eligible to apply for a grant. Learn more about the grant application process and other frequently asked questions about grants here.

Five seats on the board are chosen by the New Hanover County Commissioners, six by Novant Health’s New Hanover Regional Medical Center Board and two by the existing New Hanover Community Endowment Board.

Our board of directors is entirely volunteer based; members are not compensated for their efforts on behalf of the endowment.

Board members set strategic direction and have fiduciary oversight, including approval of grants.

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a volunteer group who are ambassadors between the NHCE and multiple facets of our community. They act as liaisons and provide advice to the board of directors and staff on local challenges and opportunities. Members also provide expert guidance and different lenses of experience on the Endowment’s focus areas including education, health and social equity, public safety and community development.

CAC members do not play a role in the grant approval process.

No, each user needs only one profile for accessing the Fluxx Grantee portal. If you are working with more than one organization, use the same contact information when filling out the registration form for the different organizations. The Fluxx grantee portal will allow you to switch between organizations you work with.

Get Involved

The application for the Community Advisory Council is currently open. The deadline to apply is May 6. Click here to apply.

For more information on the NHCE’s board seats, please contact us at

Please click here to add your name & email to our distribution list.

We host two annual public meetings which are free and open to all members of the public. Dates and locations will be announced via our website and distribution list.

Available positions are posted on our website and other online job boards.

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