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Wilmington, N.C., July 31, 2023 — The New Hanover Community Endowment (NHCE) will hold a public meeting on August 9 to update the community on current priorities, share its vision for the future and launch the September 2023 grant cycle.

“Bringing the community together is essential because it allows everyone to understand how to be part of the transformational work that the Endowment envisions,” said William Buster, NHCE’s president and CEO. “We’re excited to share where we’ve been and where we plan to go together.”

The public information session will take place on August 9, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. at the Harrelson Center event space. It will be simultaneously broadcast on NHCTV (Spectrum Channel 13). Interpretation in Spanish and ASL will be available at the session.

In addition to providing the community with an update, NHCE will also announce details on the next grant cycle that will open on September 1, 2023. These grants will focus on providing funding to programs addressing New Hanover’s most acute problems like barriers to early childhood development and affordable housing, as well as capacity building in the nonprofit sector.

“This is our first grant cycle since the completion of the Endowment’s 2023-2025 Strategic Plan,” said Lakesha McDay, executive vice president of programs and operation. “We’re focused on making a transformational change with partners in education, community safety, health, and community development. This grant cycle is a significant step toward that goal.”

NHCE Community Meeting
When: 9 August 2023 at 5 p.m.
Where: Harrelson Center
20 N 4th St Wilmington, NC 28401

To register and ask a question or provide public comment ahead of the session, please complete the following form by August 8 at 6 p.m.

About NHCE
NHCE was created in 2020 by the sale of the County-owned New Hanover Regional Medical Center to Novant Health. The Endowment seeks to improve the health, education, safety and economic opportunity of every person in the community. To learn more about what’s been accomplished and what’s to come, visit

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Jada Harkins Andrews
(919) 371-3661

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