Achievement Academy of Durham wins $31,000 in grants

January 8, 2017

Achievement Academy of Durham has received $31,000 in grant funding from three philanthropies.

Carlson Family Foundation provided $20,000 and Fox Family Foundation provided $6,000 for general operating support to help fund the nonprofit alternative school’s work teaching and supporting people of all ages who have dropped out of school.

Doing Good in the Neighborhood Community Care Fund awarded a $5,000 grant to support the school’s GED: Going For It Outreach Initiative.

Achievement Academy of Durham teaches and supports young adults who have dropped out of school, helping them gain critical reading skills, earn a high school equivalency diploma and complete college preparatory training so they can succeed in post-secondary programs and attain sustainable employment.


The Carlson Family Foundation is a Chapel Hill philanthropy that invests in education, mentoring, children and youth at risk, and youth mentoring to promote strong and healthy communities and a competitive workforce.

The Fox Family Foundation is a Durham philanthropy that supports organizations focused on improving health care, family and youth services, the arts, human services and education. Its grant will be used to support instructional and student support staff salaries, resources and supplies, and initiatives that develop and maintain a technology-rich, welcoming and safe learning environment.


Doing Good in the Neighborhood Community Care Fund is a Duke University employee-funded philanthropy that competitively awards grant of up to $5,000 for nonprofits working to make a difference in the Triangle. Its grant will help Achievement Academy recruit and serve about 150 disconnected youth who live in or near Durham’s Crest Street community. Their goal is to increase student enrollment and decrease the time it takes students to successfully earn their GED.

For more information about Achievement Academy of Durham and its initiatives, contact executive director Nancy Cox at (919) 956-8918 or


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