According to FBI data, for every 100,000 people in North Carolina, 419 will experience a violent crime.

Exposure to violence can lead to posttraumatic stress reactions, mental health concerns, and physical symptoms that make recovery challenging for individuals and families in the affected areas. United Way is coming together with corporate and community stakeholders, following a leading gift from the Duke Energy Foundation, to support individuals across the Triangle suffering from the trauma associated with community-level violence. We are now accepting donations to benefit Triangle residents through the support of its current impact partners who have a demonstrated history of impact in:
  • Prevention Services
  • Intervention Services
  • Trauma-Informed Care
  • Culturally Competent Behavioral Health Services
  • Community Based Coping Mechanisms
United Way will convene nonprofit and community leaders closest to this work, for the purpose of accessing their collective expertise to determine funding priorities and vet applications. Funds will be distributed to United Way’s impact partners already offering this support in the categories named above.

Your employer may offer a match. To qualify, be sure to type your employer's name in the box provided through the donation link and inform your employer once your donation has been submitted. To submit a check, please make it out to United Way of the Greater Triangle and mail it to “Community Violence Support” at PO Box 110583, Durham, NC 27709-0962.

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At this time, the best way to support is by making a donation or sharing this information with your networks. Should volunteering or other meaningful engagement opportunities become apparent, they will be shared here.

Donations from this fund will support United Way of the Greater Triangle’s existing impact partners whose programs and initiatives already support the prevention of violence in our communities, intervention in violent circumstances, and trauma-informed care after violence occurs. To see funded partners within United Way’s specific pillars, click the links below: 

We will lean on our impact partners, the community leaders closest to this work, to inform our priorities and guide funding decisions. Work these donations could support includes: 

  • Prevention and intervention at the grassroots level 
  • Staff training to support trauma-informed care and de-escalation 
  • Increasing resources to impact partners 
  • Expanding behavioral health support 
  • Strengthening relationships between mental health providers and other community organizations 
  • Expanding culturally competent behavioral health services 
  • Bolstering existing community-based coping mechanisms

United Way impact partners with a demonstrated history of impact in the named priority areas are eligible to receive funds. Impact partners include nonprofits, government, and/or public serving organizations with an active 501(c)3 or other qualifying status with the IRS.

The grant application will be made available to United Way’s current impact partners soon. For any questions, please contact Jeff Howell, Director of Community Investments at

We will lean on our impact partners, the community leaders closest to this work, to inform our priorities and guide funding decisions.

We’d love to talk further! Please email and we’ll direct you to the right person.