The Board of Directors of the Eno River Fellowship Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to fund the following impactful and innovative projects. The total amount of these awards is $42,550*.

1. Future ERUUF leaders will be trained at the Southern Region UU Leadership Experience (SUULI). $5,260

2. A part-time consultant will continue to coordinate implementation of the new Planned Giving Program, with additional responsibilities (funded by ERUUF) related to cultivating a culture of generosity and Stewardship. $7,500 **

3. The Green Sanctuary Working group will begin the first phase of a project to install solar panels on the ERUUF campus. $10,000

4. As part of the Comprehensive Waste Reduction Initiative, the Green Sanctuary Working Group will set up the infrastructure needed for increased composting and recycling on the ERUUF campus. $2,540

5. Jane Slentz-Kelser, a high school youth group member and environmental justice activist, will volunteer at a wildlife conservation program in Madagascar. $500

6. The Earth Justice and Homeless Action Groups will partner with Families Moving Forward (FMF), a Durham organization that operates transitional housing for families who have experienced homelessness and are reintegrating into the community. The award will enable ERUUF volunteers to support the FMF community garden, which grows vegetables for its residents. $1,020

7. The Multicultural Team of ERUUF will partner with the LGBTQ Center of Durham to bring the AIDS Memorial Quilt to ERUUF on World AIDS Day, to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic and its impact. $800

8. The Ministers of ERUUF will partner with Durham Cares, a nonprofit organization, and Duke Divinity School’s Center for Reconciliation to create and implement an adapted version of the “Durham Pilgrimage of Pain and Hope” for ERUUF members. $7,000

9. Rev. Brett will partner with members of the Jazz Studies program at North Carolina Central University for a second year to create five innovative Jazz Vespers services. Four of these services will be held at the Hayti Heritage center, thereby expanding ERUUF’s reach in the Durham community. $7,930

* The total amount of this year’s awards is higher than usual because unspent funds from dormant projects were redistributed and added to the $28,000 that was available for distribution from the endowment this year.
** In October of 2018, the Foundation awarded an additional $8,000 to support the establishment of the Planned Giving Program. This award provided the initial support for the Planned Giving consultant.

The Foundation is a separate nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to support ERUUF in achieving its mission. Contributions to the Foundation’s endowment funds are invested and only the earnings are distributed annually. Over $300,000 in grants have been made since the endowment was founded in 1989. If you are interested in making a gift to the Foundation, please contact .

The Foundation Board of Directors

Stephen Edgerton, Treasurer 

Lenora Harris-Field, ERUUF Board Representative

Bob Hollister, Secretary

Sunny Ladd

Larry Reed

Doug Rhodes

Lillie Searles, President

Rev. Deborah Cayer, ex officio

Daniel Trollinger, ex officio