Grants program from Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment

The N.C. Community Foundation announces the opening of a grants program that will total $500,000 annually from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment, according to Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF president and CEO. Nonprofit programs serving education, health and human services in 41 eastern North Carolina counties are eligible to apply. The online grants cycle opened July 10 and closes at noon, Aug. 20, with awards announced this fall. Grants will typically range from $25,000 to $50,000. Visit nccommunityfoundation.org and click on “Other grant opportunities” for full details and eligibility on the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment page. NCCF was excited to announce the establishment of the $20 million Burevitch Endowment in 2015, according to Tolle Whiteside. “This is the Foundation’s largest estate gift to date and is important because of its potential to transform the eastern portion of our state,” she said. The endowment has been granting to Burevitch’s named nonprofits since 2015, when the plan was announced for a portion of the endowment to grow before commencing the competitive portion of the grants program this year. Nearly $1.4 million has been granted to her named charities to date, according to Leslie Ann Jackson, NCCF director of grants and scholarships. The competitive portion of the program will grant about $500,000 annually, she said. “Mrs. B,” as Burevitch was known to her friends, was a Wilmington native whose generosity was well-known in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond. The story of her philanthropy can be found at nccommuityfoundation.org.

Robert Collins appointed to CFCC Board of Trustees

WILMINGTON -- Attorney Robert “Robby” Collins has been appointed by the New Hanover County Board of Education to the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees. Collins is a third-generation New Hanover High School graduate. In 1997 he graduated from N.C. State University with a Bachelor of Science in Textile Engineering and in 2000 from Wake Forest University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree. He was a summer associate in 1998 and 1999 with the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office. In 2000, Collins was admitted to the N.C. State Bar and the New Hanover County Bar. That same year, he became a founding partner of Collins & Collins Law Offices, PLLC, focusing on real estate law. Collins’ community involvement has been extensive. He has served as a board member of the N.C. Department of Transportation, a Governor-appointed board member of North Carolina South Carolina Boundary Commission, a N.C. Azalea Festival volunteer and executive board member – including festival president in 2016. His service also includes serving on the board of the Azalea Gardens Foundation, the board of the American Heart Association, a member of the Rotary Club of Downtown Wilmington for more than eight years, and as president of Eastwood Village Home Owners Association. Collins will begin his term with the Cape Fear Community College Board of Trustees this July.

-- Cheryl Whitaker