Durham County Cares has donated approximately $750,000 to nonprofits serving the Triangle Community since 2011!

Applicant Organizations must meet the following criteria:


  • Must be a 501(c)(3) as designated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

  • Must CURRENTLY serve the Triangle area (Durham, Wake, Chatham, Orange, Johnston, and/or Granville counties)

Note:  This is an EMPLOYEE FUNDED CAMPAIGN and a COMPETITIVE PROCESS where only ten (10) Recipient Organizations will  be SELECTED BY EMPLOYEES.

Our Application Process opens up in the first quarter of each calendar year.  Once the application process is closed, a Selection Committee, comprised of Durham County Employees, many being experts in applicable fields (i.e. Environmental Issues, Health Issues, etc.) and line employees, will review all completed applications and select finalist organizations per category, based on various criteria.  Once the finalist organizations are selected, voting is open to all County Employees to select their preference for the Recipient Organizations.  This is an Employee Funded campaign, so our employees determine which organizations are selected.


Once the Recipient Organizations are chosen, Durham County Employees donate contributions for a period of 4-5 weeks (generally in the early fall), via cash, check and/or payroll deduction.  The contributions collected begin disbursement to the Recipient Organizations on a quarterly basis, beginning the next calendar year (i.e. 2020 campaign contributions will begin disbursement in January 2021).  These contributions are not grants and do not have a set level of funding.  These donations are employee contributions, therefore the amounts donated per organization can vary greatly. 

​​Contact us:


​Find us: 

Durham County Cares 
c/o Nina F. Bullock, Chair
P.O. Box 3508
Durham, NC 27702



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Durham County Cares is an entity of Durham County Government.  Please be advised that Durham County Government has no positions designated solely for Durham County Cares.  Therefore, delays in responses and changes in schedules, deadlines, etc. may occur.  Please EMAIL all inquiries to dcocares@dconc.gov for a more prompt reply.  We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding.