The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation, founded in the year 2000, supports key social needs by funding innovative programs. Based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this private foundation focuses primarily on grantmaking in the state of North Carolina.

Since inception, the Foundation has made grants totaling in excess of three million dollars. Average grant sizes range from $1,000 - $50,000 and the foundation does not typically make multi-year pledges. Organizations must have 501(c)3 non-profit status to be considered for a grant. The Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited grant proposals.

Over the years, the foundation has funded a diverse cross-section of non-profit organizations. A sampling of these organizations includes:


The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the people of North Carolina. In an ongoing effort to enrich lives and expand opportunities, the Foundation supports innovative programs in North Carolina dedicated to children, education, health care, women's rights, and the natural environment.

Empowerment, education, and entrepreneurship-these values are at the core of the Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation.

Social Return on Investment

The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation views each grant as an investment in social change. Striving to maximize the effectiveness of each philanthropic investment, the Foundation seeks innovative ideas with the potential to stimulate change and make a lasting impact. To that end the Foundation has a strong interest in nonprofits whose drive, dedication, and business discipline are well-matched to their cause. The Foundation believes that even a small grant can be a spark for positive change, and a program of value can change the course of a life.

The Spirit of Collaboration

Partnerships with other funding organizations and individual donors are an important component in the Foundation's approach to grantmaking. The Foundation takes a particular interest in helping to establish new programs by providing seed money that can leverage additional funding from other sources.

The Michael & Laura Brader-Araje Foundation believes charitable investment requires more than a financial commitment. The founders often work in partnership with the nonprofits they support-volunteering their time, and sharing their expertise and experience. By being actively involved with these organizations, the Foundation is better able to respond to critical needs and contribute to successful outcomes.

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