“For he who has health has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.”
Owen Arthur

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Children are one third of our population and all of our future. -Panel for the promotion of children’s health

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

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Healthier Community, Healthier Future

Impact Alamance believes that by working together, we can build a healthier, more prosperous future for us all. As a foundation, our goal is to make investments in our community that will create lasting change. This includes fostering a community-wide dialogue about the interconnections between early childhood experiences, education, health and our future prosperity. Out of those conversations will come new partnerships and a common vision for Alamance County.

What do we envision for a stronger Alamance? Kids getting the best start at life so they are on the path toward contributing to our communities as adults. Schools where every child has the opportunity to get ready for the challenges of tomorrow.  Children and adults who live healthier, more productive lives.

We hope you’ll join us in this dialogue and in this work as we seek to create a healthier community and brighter  future for everyone.




About Impact Alamance

About Us

At Impact Alamance we’re all about bringing the community together for healthy change. To make this happen, we invest more than $2 million dollars into our community annually. It’s our goal to create a healthier and smarter community that will lead to a stronger future for all of us.

Our History

Impact Alamance started as a result of Alamance Regional Medical Center’s merger with Cone Health. The original $54 million dollar investment is Cone Health’s commitment to further improve the health of Alamance County.

Impact Alamance invests 4.5 percent of total assets into the community annually. That is approximately $2 million dollars each year. Funding is limited to Alamance County.


We strategically invest in our community for health, hope and prosperity.


Alamance County is the best place to live and thrive.


Collaboration, Courageous Leadership, Integrity, Innovation, Measurable Change, Stewardship.

Tracey Grayzer, MBA/MHA, APR


Tracey Grayzer leads the organization in its strategic initiatives and partnerships with the community. Tracey worked at Alamance Regional for nine years and previously served as the Director of Marketing, Community Relations and Development. Tracey has lived in Alamance County since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, and her Master of Health and Business Administration from Pfeiffer University. She is actively involved in the community through service on the Salvation Army Board of Advisors, Alamance Youth Leadership Academy and St. Marks Church. She resides in Elon with her husband and two children.

Marcy Green

Vice-President of Programs

Marcy Green is our Program Director. Marcy collaborates closely with the grantees during the application and post-grant award processes to help improve content knowledge and operational effectiveness. She also works with the president to serve as a convener and collaborator in the community around key community needs. Prior to joining Impact Alamance, Marcy served as the Interim Community Outreach Director at Alamance Regional. She has also worked as the Community Health Education Supervisor for the Alamance County Health Department. Marcy has an undergraduate degree in community health education, and a Master’s in Health Administration from Pfeiffer University.

Laura Fehlhafer

Office Administrator

Laura Fehlhafer is our Foundation Office Administrator. In this role, Laura oversees the Impact Alamance Conference Center operations, serves as the executive assistant to the President and Vice President of Programs, and coordinates programs and events, including the Teacher Leadership Academy. Laura attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in English and minoring in Sociology. She also has a Graphic Design Certificate from Guilford Technical Community College. Prior to joining Impact Alamance, Laura served as the Director of Workforce and Leadership Development at the Alamance County Chamber of Commerce.

Anne Baker

Finance & Grants Manager

Anne Baker serves as both Impact Alamance and Alamance Achieves Finance and Grants Manager. Anne graduated from Elon University with a double major in Psychology and Human Services. She has extensive experience working with non-profits and foundations in Alamance County, including many years as the Executive Director at Alamance County Meals on Wheels.

Sydney Simmons

Elon Year of Service Fellow

Sydney Simmons is our Elon Year of Service Fellow, which is a one-year service fellowship where four recent Elon graduates work with community agencies to improve the quality of life for Alamance County residents. Within her role, Sydney coordinates grantee site visits, serves on numerous health collaboratives, assists with grant processes and is taking a lead role in planning a non-profit equity cohort program.

Sydney is an Odyssey Scholar and graduated from Elon University in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Previously, Sydney served as the High School Coordinator with "It Takes a Village Project" in Alamance County.

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John Currin

Vice Chair

Vernetta Bridges

Kathy Colville

Chapman Mcqueen, MD

Edward Woodall

Ted Chandler


Martha Krall

Yun Boylston, MD

Griffin McClure

Dr. Leo Lambert

Kathleen Treadwell

Brad Hayes

Nicole Alston

Mandy Eaton

How did Impact Alamance come into being?

Impact Alamance was formed when Alamance Regional Medical Center merged with Cone Health in 2013. The foundation was created with total initial assets of $54 million.

If you’re focused on health, why is education part of your funding priorities?

Researchers across the country have done numerous studies exploring the link between education and health. The research indicates that education is the single most important factor affecting the health of individuals and their community. By strengthening our education system, we can strengthen the health of our community.

What is your relationship to the United Way?

We are strategic partners and support the mission and work of the United Way of Alamance County. However, we are a separate organization and are not affiliated.  The United Way’s funding is vital to the strength and ongoing success of many of our local non-profit agencies.

Do you accept applications from nonprofits that are not located in Alamance County?

Most of our applications are accepted from 501(c)3 nonprofits that are located in Alamance County. However if you are a nonprofit located elsewhere and most of the clients you serve are from Alamance County, we may consider accepting your proposal.

Can a nonprofit apply for more than one type of funding or assistance?

Yes, nonprofits can apply for each of the opportunities currently available.

Who makes the funding decisions and how are grants reviewed and scored?

Major grant decisions are made by the board, with advisory assistance from staff and, in some cases, a community advisory committee. Grant proposals are reviewed based on their clarity, thoroughness and the projected impact of the project. For more details, see our Eligibility and Grant Process page.

Does Impact Alamance sponsor community events?

Impact Alamance may occasionally fund community events, but this type of funding is not a strategic priority.

Can we call the foundation if we need any type of clarification or have questions regarding funding opportunities?

Yes. Please call us at (336) 395-7000 or email us at ImpactAlamance@conehealth.com with any questions you have.


What We Fund

Children are our future leaders, workforce, caregivers and community members – and so, are the basis of a community’s future vibrancy. Because children’s experiences and health in the earliest years build the architecture of the developing brain, what happens to children from birth-age 5 is closely linked to success and wellbeing throughout life. Studies have found that brain foundations are constructed through responsive, stable relationships with caring adults, interactive and enriching experiences, and access to nutrition, learning, and health care. When children benefit from these developmental supports in the early years, they can grow and thrive. This, in turn, enables us to have a community that grows and thrives. Impact Alamance invests the majority of its funds into three strategic priority areas:

Healthy Kids: Funding focuses on children from birth-age 5 and is aimed at creating an environment where all kids are physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively ready for school.

Healthy Community: Funding focuses on working to create better outcomes for kids- including increased support for our public schools. Funding also focuses on building the capacity of our local nonprofits and educators to advance and strengthen the work they do for Alamance County.

Community Health Fund: Grant opportunities are offered to help improve the community's health outside of our priority areas. This funding is designed to meet one or more of the priorities identified by the Alamance Community Health Assessment: education, access to care, and economy.

Priority Areas

Impact Alamance knows that focused funding will go deeper by investing in those areas that will help to create a more prosperous future for us all.  As we look for ways to build a stronger Alamance County, Impact Alamance invests the majority of its funds into three strategic priority areas: Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities and the Community Health Fund.

Healthy Kids

Funding to help get kids ready for school and build healthier places for kids to play. kids are physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively ready for school.

Funding focuses on initiatives aimed at getting all kids from birth-age 5 physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively ready for school. And, creating healthier environments that increase access to healthy foods and physical activity.

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Healthy Communities

Funding to get our schools and our community focused on improving outcomes for children. kids are physically, socially, emotionally and cognitively ready for school.

Funding focuses on working to create better outcomes for kids- including increased support for our public schools. Funding also focuses on building the capacity of our local nonprofits and educators to advance and strengthen the work they do for Alamance County.

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Community Health Fund

Grant opportunities are offered to help improve the community's health outside our priority areas. This cycle is designed to enhance the three priorities of the Community Health Assessment--education, access to care, and economy.

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Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan

The board and staff of Impact Alamance have developed a strategic plan to help the organization carry out its mission of strategically investing in our community for health, hope and prosperity.

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How We Measure

How We Measure

Impact Alamance is committed to measurably improving the health of our community in its strategic funding areas. We require grantees to have specific, measurable outcomes for each request. Data is collected from these outcomes every six months, or until the project is completed. Examples of measurable impact are shown in our annual reports.

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Recent Grants

Recent Grants

Impact Alamance is proud of our efforts to support a healthier community and healthier children. Learn about our latest investments.

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Annual Report

Annual Report

Impact Alamance is committed to transparency and accountability in everything we do.

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What We Fund

Children are our future leaders, teachers, caregivers and community members. To truly have a community that thrives, every child deserves an equal opportunity to succeed at school and in life. A child’s experiences and health from birth-age 5 are closely linked to success in school, and, in turn, are closely linked to health and prosperity throughout life.

Impact Alamance invests the majority of its funds into three strategic priority areas: Healthy Kids. Healthy Community. Community Health Fund.

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Eligibility Guidelines

Impact Alamance grants are provided to 501(c)3 organizations that are based in Alamance County or serve a significant number of Alamance County residents.

Grant proposals should outline how your project will align with Impact Alamance’s strategic priorities.

Some grant programs have additional requirements.

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Grant Information

Impact Alamance seeks to create a healthier community. Our grant making supports efforts to create partnerships that measurably improve the health of children from birth-age 5 and enhance their readiness for school. We also invest in organizations and activities that work to support education and improve the health of our community for all people.

We are especially interested in supporting collaborations where activities of groups from different sectors (health care, the public schools, local government and community organizations) are planned and coordinated in the service of common goals.

For more details on what we fund, please review our “What We Fund” pages.

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Conference Center

Impact Alamance has a conference center available for community nonprofits and government entities to use. Our offices are located in downtown Burlington at 133 East Davis Street and there is plenty of free, accessible parking.



Impact Alamance has identified the following consultants that can assist area nonprofits with capacity building.


Community Health Assessment

Every three years, Impact Alamance, Alamance Regional Medical Center, United Way of Alamance County, Healthy Alamance and the Alamance County Health Department conduct a countywide Community Health Needs Assessment.

The assessment looks at health status, barriers to care, and other demographic and social issues affecting people and organizations in Alamance County. It identifies priority health and social issues that can best be addressed by health providers and organizations working together.



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We’re Hiring!

September 20, 2022

Impact Alamance currently has an opening for a Facility and Events Coordinator. This position manages the foundation’s Community Conference Center located in downtown Burlington, NC. Key responsibilities include: Booking conference space Providing on-site support for events, including AV equipment and catering Taking inventory and ordering supplies for the facility Managing building operations and maintenance needs […]

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We’re Hiring!

September 7, 2022

Impact Alamance currently has an opening for a Communications Manager. This position is in charge of producing high-quality content that engages various audiences and builds brand recognition of the foundation and its priority funding areas. Key responsibilities include: Identify and outline strategies to meet the goals of the foundation’s communications plan Develop content calendar and […]

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Impact Alamance Plugs $30,000 into New Community Forward Projects

July 19, 2022

July 19, 2022 (Burlington, NC) – As part of its ongoing commitment to strengthen the county’s grid of resources, Impact Alamance awarded a total of $30,000 to three local organizations through the newly formed Community Forward Grants. The ­­­Community Forward Grants aim to empower communities while supporting new ideas, activities, projects, and events. The goal […]

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