Together in Community Giving

The Landfall Foundation supports local causes

BY Melissa Sutton-Seng

photo of T.J. Middleton
Former professional tennis player T.J. Middleton competes in a doubles match at the 2019 Legends of Tennis, a fundraiser for the Landfall Foundation. Allison Potter.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Landfall Foundation, which supports underfunded organizations in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties. Since its founding in 1995, the organization has awarded more than $5 million to local charities in the areas of arts, education, and health and welfare.

In February, the Foundation awarded two capital grants. One went to Snipes Academy for the construction of an outdoor classroom, and the other to Community Boys & Girls Club of Wilmington for the purchase of a van to increase program capacity. Last year’s recipients were the Good Shepherd Center and the Wilmington Children’s Museum. An additional $400,000 in project grants was presented to 89 area nonprofits in 2019.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Landfall Foundation voted unanimously to award several emergency grants. The committee identified critical areas of need as access to food, housing, and mental health services related to domestic violence. Eight emergency grants totaling $30,000 were distributed in mid-April to groups providing those services.

The Landfall Foundation’s biggest annual fundraiser is the Spring Gala, which had to be moved from April to Oct. 2 due to the COVID-19 crisis. Other major annual fundraisers are the Art Show & Sale (scheduled for Aug. 12-14), the Legends of Tennis (Sept. 25-26), and the Holiday Marketplace (Dec. 7). Because of the current health crisis, the Foundation has extended the 2020 grant application deadline to Aug. 15.

For more information on the Landfall Foundation, visit its website at

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