The Triangle North Healthcare Foundation is a regional healthcare grantmaking organization which is evolving from its previous mission as the fundraising organization Maria Parham Healthcare Foundation. Established in 1987, Maria Parham Foundation was governed by a group of community and hospital leaders. The revenues and operating funds were generated by individual donations, fundraising activities to support health education, health promotion, and the purchase of health equipment.
In 2011, the Foundation raised more than $100,000 from various fundraising activities, and was able to assist with the acquisition of a linear accelerator radiation treatment system for the hospital’s cancer center. In past years, the Foundation has also provided more than $50,000 in scholarships and funded three cancer center projects: genetic counseling for high-risk cancer patients plus breast cancer and lung cancer financial assistance for un- insured and under-insured patients.
The Foundation was reorganized and the name was changed in November, 2011 and after Maria Parham Medical Center became part of the for-profit Duke LifePoint organization. Triangle North Healthcare Foundation has been funded by an endowment that was created as a result of this sale of the hospital. The Board of Directors is made up of community leaders.
TNHF Executive Director Val Short said the Foundation will continue the goal of supporting health in the community, but “we’re taking it to a whole new level!” “There are major health issues impacting our community,” Short said. “We hope to work through other non-profit organizations to make a positive impact on those issues and improve the health of our community now and into the future.” The Foundation’s community focus will include four counties in the region north of the Triangle– Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties.
“This important work of the Maria Parham Foundation throughout its history has set the stage for what we will do as we move forward into a regional grantmaking organization,” Short said. “Although we will continue conduct some limited fundraising for community organizations, our Board of Directors is going to be looking for ways that we can have a deeper, broader impact on the health status of our communities that will not only benefit current residents, but also future generations.