Our Grantmaking

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Our Process

The Congdon Foundation works to be in true partnership with our nonprofits, so they can focus on their missions. This means that we are committed to a simple, stream-lined application process. Throughout that process, we seek to be responsive and transparent. And once granted, we work with our partners to solicit their feedback and connect them to the resources they need to be successful. This is how we build trust. This is how we build a stronger community.

As a family rooted in High Point, NC, the grantmaking work of the foundation is restricted to 501(c)3 nonprofits in the Greater High Point area.

We make investments in deep and lasting impact across three focus areas:

  • Increasing access to and the quality of education
  • Addressing critical community needs
  • Supporting economic development for revitalization and stabilization

We use two grant programs to guide these investments: Impact Grants and Capacity Building Grants.

The Impact Grant Program invests primarily in capital projects and multi-year operating grants. Applications for these grants are by invitation only. The best way to get started with an Impact Grant is to contact Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser, Chief Impact Officer, and share with him the work you do.

Our Grantmaking

Funds granted
since 2015


Total funds
granted in 2023


  • Program-Support


  • Scholarships


  • Operating-Support


  • Capital-Expenses


Areas Of Giving


From Self-Doubt to Service-Minded: Emily Carothers, a student at Rochester Community and Technical School, is well on her way to receiving her master’s degree in dental hygiene. However, the pathway she is currently walking – with aspirations to join Dentists…

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Critical Community Needs

A Harvest of Compassion: In 2015, High Point was ranked as the number one metropolitan area in the United States for food hardship, as calculated by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This crisis facing our hometown was one…

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Economic Development

Home: the place that forms us, makes us, gives us our first opportunities, and supports us as we soar. “Home” for Old Dominion Freight Line has been High Point since 1962. And since 1962, we’ve watched our home shift, change,…

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Annual Report

As we reflect on the past year, we are filled with gratitude for the unwavering support and dedication that continue to drive our mission forward. This year's report encapsulates our impactful initiatives, collaborative partnerships, and the positive changes we've achieved in the lives of those we serve.


"All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God."

Deuteronomy 16:17

"When you’re helped out,
it inspires you to help others."

EMILY CAROTHERS, Earl and Kitty Congdon Old Dominion Freight Line Scholarship Recipient

"Compassion is taking action. It’s not being satisfied with the status quo."

Carl Vierling, Greater High Point Food Alliance
Executive Director

"We’re creating our own ecosystem that is poised to turn our home into the “high point” of our state once more."

Rachel Collins, Business High Point

"Our board is deeply involved in High Point. Their commitment to the city is evident in their desire for the foundation to form real partnerships with our grant recipients, so that we can support them to grow their impact."

Rev. Dr. Joe Blosser,
Chief Impact Officer