Smart Start’s success is dependent upon the help of generous donors, corporate funders, foundations, and contributions from the NCPC Board, friends, and staff members who continue to place a high value on early childhood care and education.

Since 1994, Smart Start has brought more than $382 million into North Carolina’s early childhood system in cash and in-kind contributions. Although 2008 brought great economic challenges to nonprofits, Smart Start has been very fortunate that its supporters continue to value the vision that guides its work.


In Fiscal Year 2008-09, the following corporate stewards and foundations have taken an active role in supporting NCPC. Through significant contributions totaling $50,000 or more, these partners have made it their business to help all of North Carolina’s children.

$1 Million + $
W.K. Kellogg Foundation: System-wide Capacity Building

W.K. Kellogg Foundation: Ready Schools Project

Blue Cross and Blue Shield: Nutrition and Physical Activity Project of North Carolina Foundation, Self- Assessment for Child Care

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Strengthening Early Childhood Systems, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Technical Assistance (Alternative Finance)

Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust: Assuring Better Child Health and Development Program

Financial, sponsorship and in-kind contributions from state employees, companies, foundations and friends listed here have made contributions between $1,000 and $50,000.

$10,000 – $49,000
Ashley O. Thrift Endowment
Be Active North Carolina
Cemala Foundation
Discount School Supply

$1,000 – $9,999
Kaplan Early Learning Company