• About Us

Established in 2014, the Longleaf Collective is a giving circle for ages 18-40 that is working to make a meaningful impact in the state of North Carolina by developing a new generation of community leaders.

A giving circle is based on the premise that individuals can make a greater impact in their communities by combining their time, money, and energy. The Longleaf Collective asks that members donate about one half of one percent of their annual income into a fund housed at the Triangle Community Foundation. The total amount collected by the Collective at the end of the year will be donated to an innovative nonprofit working one or more of our focus areas – Arts, Education, Health, and Poverty – to launch a new project to directly improve the lives of the people of North Carolina. Throughout the following year, members of the collective will engage in direct service in support of that project.

Our promise to members is that in the Longleaf Collective they will find a way to leverage their philanthropy, educate themselves about the most important issues facing our community, and act to directly address those issues while forming strong relationships with other young professionals and a wide variety of community members, leaders, and advocates.

We started small – focusing on community issues in the greater Triangle area, or Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Lee, Franklin, and Granville counties. From the very beginning, though, our hopes have been large. Our sights are set on achieving a greater quality of life for the greatest number of people in the state of North Carolina. And our net is cast wide – we are committed to nonpartisan solutions that incorporate the perspectives of diverse backgrounds and ideologies.

Our mission is to build a new generation of community leaders through making a meaningful impact in the state of North Carolina.

How we accomplish our mission:

  • Provide grants to nonprofit organizations in the Triangle region that are focused on making systematic changes in one or more of our focus areas: The Arts, Education, Health, and Poverty.
  • Provide volunteer leadership to nonprofits as both an advocate and a resource for growth and development
  • Provide an opportunity for young professionals to meet, learn together, and act together to address gather about the issues facing North Carolina
  • Build a new generation of philanthropists and community leaders through the power of collective grant making

Values – The Longleaf Collective focuses on innovative nonprofits that are focused on systemic change. The Collective envisions the grant making process being concentrated on long-term investments and partnerships. In addition, the grants should be used to experiment and take risks on opportunities that have the potential to produce the greatest social return. Grants will be given to organizations that are nonprofit in mission, nonpartisan in practice, and nondiscriminatory in terms of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. The Longleaf Collective also upholds the values of nonpartisanship and diversity in regards to its own programming.