Annual report - in brief 2010

In Brief

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Legacy of Faith

The Duke Endowment published "Legacy of Faith" to celebrate rural United Methodist churches in North Carolina through photographs and stories. The coffee table book, which features churches the Endowment has funded over the years, is available in North Carolina at Cokesbury stores and at the Gothic Bookshop at Duke University in Durham.

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Benefit Bank

A $1.7 million grant to the South Carolina Office of Rural Health helped launch The Benefit Bank of South Carolina. A web-based, "one-stop-shop" service, The Benefit Bank helps low- and moderate-income people apply for tax credits, public benefits and student financial aid.

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Small & Rural Hospital Conference

The 10th anniversary of the Small and Rural Hospital Conference focused on the future of health care. Sponsored by the North Carolina Hospital Association, the South Carolina Hospital Association and the Endowment, the annual conference addresses issues that are unique to small and rural health care executives.

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Working Together

With much of our work focusing on issues that affect citizens in rural areas, the Endowment invited leaders from rural churches and hospitals in eastern North Carolina to come together to discuss common challenges and opportunities. Guest speakers sparked conversation around emerging issues, thriving communities and working together for good.

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Social Innovation Fund

The Endowment worked with the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation in New York to help effective youth programs reach more young people in the Carolinas. Part of a new federal grants program called the Social Innovation Fund, the effort resulted in a multi-year award to the Children's Home Society in Greensboro, N.C.

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Thank You Judy!

A longtime staff member announced her retirement in 2010. Judy Wally, information systems administrator, worked at the Endowment for 40 years. She began her career in 1970 as a computer programmer.