Building a Healthier Wilson Community Together

The Healthcare Foundation of Wilson is a public foundation that was established in February 2014 when Wilson Medical Center was purchased by Duke LifePoint Healthcare. The assets received, as well as prior hospital reserves, provide the funding for the responsive and strategic grants awarded and many of the physical improvements to the hospital. The Foundation’s mission is to invest in collaborative efforts that influence and measurably improve the health and wellness of the greater Wilson community. Since the first grants were issued in 2016, over $56.7 million dollars have been expended. Grants issued must support at least one of the four focus areas of the Foundation. The focus areas were derived from the Community Health Needs Assessment issued jointly by the Foundation, Wilson County Health Department, and Wilson Medical Center.  The focus areas are:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Active Living / Healthy Eating
  • Alcohol / Substance Misuse
  • Behavioral / Mental Health

The Foundation remains committed to creating a healthier Wilson community and looks forward to more collaborative partnerships in the future.


Featured Story: Healthcare Foundation of Wilson Announces over $590,000 in Responsive Grants

WILSON, N.C. (June 12, 2024) – The Healthcare Foundation of Wilson Board of Directors approved twenty-two new grants to support community projects that focus on solutions to some of the greatest health challenges for Wilson.

Each year, the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson provides responsive grant funding to organizations in the greater Wilson community. The 2024 awards total more than $590,000 in funding for initiatives that focus on solutions with measurable outcomes to address four of the community’s greatest health concerns: access to healthcare, active living/healthy eating, alcohol/substance misuse, and behavioral/mental health.

Grants were awarded to Wilson-based, nonprofit, or governmental agencies who are committed to initiatives that support one or more of the Foundation’s focus areas. “Our community partners play a crucial role in identifying impactful programs that align with our focus areas.  The Foundation’s grant awards will strengthen the outcomes from these initiatives and support the collaborative goals set by many organizations serving the Wilson community,” said Paula Benson, Executive Director.

The organizations awarded are:

  • First Missionary Baptist Church of Lucama – $9,500
  • NC Cooperative Extension – Wilson County Center – $5,400
  • Seeds of Hope – $10,000
  • James Christian Church – $8,000
  • The Arc of Wilson – $6,250
  • Wesley Shelter, Inc. – $17,885
  • Wilson Community College – $32,044 (Two Grants)
  • Wilson County Department of Social Services – $49,800 (Two Grants)
  • Wilson County EMS – $38,000
  • Wilson County Health Department – $60,000
  • Wilson County Interfaith Services dba The Hope Station – $41,160
  • Wilson County Schools – $193,075 (Two Grants)
  • Wilson County Senior Activity Center – $33,700 (Two Grants)
  • Wilson County Substance Prevention Coalition – $37,500
  • Wilson Education Partnership – $14,000
  • Wilson Parks & Recreation – $7,400
  • Wilson Pregnancy Center – $15,000
  • Wilson Youth United dba The SPOT – $20,930

“The Foundation is hopeful that the financial support provided through the grant funding will help these organizations better serve their clients and reduce much of the financial burden associated with the proposed initiatives,” said Krystal Cox, Program Specialist.

To learn more about the 2024 Responsive Grants view the Grant Recipients List.