Collective Charitable Giving

Giving Together

Special Giving Programs

Amplify the power of philanthropy by giving collaboratively.

Through our collective giving programs, you can pool your donations with others who share your interests, research community needs and decide as a group where to make grants. You also have the opportunity to engage through educational activities, volunteerism and more.

You can also strengthen nonprofits and improve lives throughout our region by supporting FFTC's other special giving programs.

Our Programs

The Plus Collective
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The Plus Collective – formerly known as the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund – is a giving program that awards grants to nonprofits supporting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community in the Charlotte region, as well as partners with community allies.

Whether you wish to be involved with grantmaking decisions, or simply want to support the fund with a generous donation, your gift provides funding to nonprofits  that support the local LGBTQ+ community.

Visit The Plus Collective website View 2021 Grants


Give to the Fund

Make an impact in the lives of our LGBTQ+ community. You can give by check, online, through a donor advised fund or by designating The Plus Collective in a planned gift.

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Giving Levels

Founders provide generous one-time gifts and are recognized in perpetuity on the website and printed materials for their leadership and generosity.

  • Platinum Founder: Gifts of $10,000 or more
  • Gold Founder: Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999
  • Silver Founder: Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999

Stakeholders give annually to The Plus Collective, and are eligible to participate in the grantmaking process each year they give. They are recognized for their generosity, both online and in printed materials.

  • Stakeholder Plus: A gift of $1,250, where $1,000 supports annual grantmaking and $250 is applied to The Plus Collective’s endowment to support future grantmaking
  • Stakeholder: A gift of $1,000 ($500 for those under 30 years old)

Donors: If you are not ready to become a stakeholder or founder, you can still make an impact with a smaller donation.

Give Today

To give by check, note The Plus Collective on the memo line and mail to: Foundation For The Carolinas, 220 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202.


Our Sponsors



Rosedale Medical Wells Fargo


US Bank



Ascend Wealth Partners Bank of America logo EY logo PepsiCo


McGuireWoods LLP




The Plus Collective Board of Advisors

Devlin McNeil, Chair

Lynn Davidson, Treasurer

Michael Rodriguez, Secretary

Lizzie Faust

Liz Fitzgerald

Jeremy Hall

Kelly Hall

Rebecca Hoover

Kyle Luebke

Tyler Neal

JC Neilson

Lee Robertson

Shelly Schoenfeld

Vanessa Simon

Tyler Smith


David Snider 

Vice President & Program Officer 

Email David


New Generation of African American Philanthropists
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With the goal of enhancing the quality of life within our communities, NGAAP is a collective giving program that promotes philanthropy among African Americans in the Charlotte region. 

Established in 2008, members pledge $1 a day for three years and envision a healthy, safe and prosperous community for families to live, work and flourish. We award grants to nonprofits that address issues affecting a disproportionate number of African Americans.

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Grants are awarded to organizations that serve unmet needs of the African American community. We will award grants up to $10,000 for operations and programs that support the mission of NGAAP.


Based and operating in Mecklenburg County


501(c)3 status (use of fiscal sponsors allowed)


Annual organizational budget not exceeding $500,000


50% or more of population served by identified program/organization is African American


CM3A-identified need and priority


30% or more of Board members are Black/African American (representative of County demographics at 32.2% in 2014)


Funding priority given to initiatives that respond to and promote the mission of “Social, Civic and Legal Justice” within the African American community


Preferred Programs

Build understanding and appreciation for the inequality in legal outcomes based on ethnicity and race


Cultivate opportunities to build collaboration and community


Support voter registration and engagement


Promote policies and procedures that reduce disproportionality and disparities in the justice system

Areas Typically Not Funded

Capital campaigns and endowment funds


Networking infrastructure, hardware and software for computers or other similar forms of technology


Publication of books


Projects that promote political activity or religious views


Organizations for re-granting purposes


Debt retirement/deficit funding


Activities occurring prior to grant decision


Projects typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local government


New proposals that duplicate existing or established programs or services


Strategic planning if it is in “ordinary course of business”

The current grant cycle is now closed.

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African American Community Foundation
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AACF was established in 1993 to support efforts that promote economic self-reliance, equal opportunity, leadership skills and cultural awareness among the region's African American community.

The grant funds were made possible through the Lethia Henderson Fund Endowment and the Elizabeth S. Randolph African American Fund Endowment. Individual contributions help the fund grow, increasing the potential to spur and support impactful programs.

Since 1994, AACF has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to nonprofits that serve the African American community.

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Grant Programs

Our strategic grantmaking to educational, economic, health and cultural initiatives fosters opportunity, leadership and civic participation among the underserved and underrepresented in Mecklenburg and nearby counties. The current grant cycle is now closed.

Focus areas

  • Public education support. AACF supports students in public elementary, middle and high schools, as well as programs serving students ages birth to 18 during out-of-school time.
  • Health. AACF also supports programs that address the health and nutrition of students ages birth to 18 and provide services for diseases that disproportionately affect African Americans.
  • Economic development. AACF also supports programs that provide business development and support for African American-owned businesses.  


  • Grants are limited to eligible organizations for projects in or benefitting Charlotte-Mecklenburg, NC.
  • Grants are made to qualified 501(c)3, governmental, educational and religious organizations. 

Areas Typically Not Funded

  • Basic operating support except for professional development training leading to provider certifications or licensure
  • Endowment funds
  • Direct support of individuals; scholarships to private or parochial schools
  • Travel and conferences; publication of books
  • Projects that promote political or religious views
  • Purchase of equipment except for technology purchases directly related to delivering public education support programs 


2021 Board of Advisors

Terik Tidwell, Chair, Johnson C. Smith University

Ed Franklin, Bank of America

Jahuie McCrary, Red Ventures

Lucious Taylor, Wells Fargo

Dr. Jodi Turner, UNC Charlotte

Adrian Woolcock, ProSidian Consulting

AACF Contact

Qiana Austin photo


Vice President & Scholarships Program Officer

Email Qiana


The Plus Collective & NGAAP Contact

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Vice President & Program Officer

Email David