Foundation 2The Eno River Fellowship Foundation (ERFF) is a permanent endowment fund, created in 1989. Giving to the Foundation enables individuals to provide lasting financial support for the mission of ERUUF. The Foundation is a qualified nonprofit organization (501[c]3) and is independent of ERUUF, with its own bylaws and board of directors.

Contributions made to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowable by law and are to be directed specifically to the Eno River Fellowship Foundation. Please note the name of the Foundation on your documents directing your intentions. Gifts or bequests mistakenly directed to ERUUF are not transferable to the Foundation

Members Needed to Fill Positions on Foundation Board

The Board of Directors of the Eno River Fellowship Foundation manages the endowment that provides financial assistance to ERUUF. The Board is responsible for oversight of investments and stability of the endowment, supports planned-giving efforts to grow the endowment, and funds innovative grant proposals that enhance ERUUF’s capacity to achieve its mission.  

The Board usually meets every other month, and members serve four-year terms. In September, three new Board members will be appointed by the ERUUF Board of Trustees, after being nominated by a subcommittee composed of ERUUF and Foundation Board members. If you are interested in serving, know someone who is well suited for this role, or if you would like more information, please contact Foundation Board President, Lillie Searles.

Foundation Grant Awards for 2019

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*.

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Foundation Seeks Great Grant Ideas for 2019

The Foundation Board seeks to fund creative proposals describing projects that align with one or more of ERUUF’s Strategic Vision Goals, which are as follows:

  1. Engage members as a Beloved Community to live our UU Principles
  2. Create pathways for spreading justice and the light of our liberal religion
  3. Create a culture where racial equity and inclusion is the norm
  4. Build ERUUF’s organizational capacity

All applications that will be reviewed during the normal cycle in 2019 must be received electronically by midnight, March 11.

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Foundation Awards and Grants

The Foundation has awarded 121 grants totaling over $340,000 to support ERUUF’s mission.

pdfFoundation Grants List - from inception to 2018

How to help the Foundation Grow

The Eno River Fellowship Foundation is named as a beneficiary in the wills, trusts, and insurance policies of several ERUUF members. Gifts of cash are made by individuals as memorials or tributes to a person, celebrations of important events, legacies in planned giving, and during special appeals. Donations made to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowable by law. Please consult with your tax and legal advisors for a full discussion of tax implications for gifts.

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The Foundation's History

In 1988 Bill and Fran Hollister expressed their wish to build a memorial garden at ERUUF's (then) new and permanent site on Garrett Road. The expense of the garden and its continuous care required funding not represented in the annual operating budget. A group of ERUUF leaders considered options available, with a structure that would support the memorial garden plus other projects at ERUUF. The Eno River Fellowship Foundation was the result.

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