Annual Fund

#GiveGreen - Don't Just Wear Your Green. Share it!

In the spirit of the 17th, will you make a $17 or $170 donation? Maybe you've recently found a pot of gold and can give more - every gift counts:

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Feeling lucky? WIN a Game-Day Prize Pack. Make a donation to CED from March 13-March 17 before noon and you will be entered into a giveaway to WIN a March Madness Prize Pack of game-watching essentials, just in time for the UNC and Duke basketball games on Friday! One donor will be randomly selected, and the prize will be personally delivered by CED staff.

Entrepreneurs Need Your Support - Give Back to the Network

Entrepreneurs need a strong network to scale and grow their businesses. These businesses create jobs and opportunities that make the Triangle a great place to live. And these success stories are something we can all be proud of.

CED is that network. For more than 30 years, we’ve helped bring together entrepreneurs, investors, expert advisors and community partners to support innovation in our community. We’ve been able to achieve great results with the support of donors who are inspired by big ideas that are transformed into fast-growing companies.

In the past year, we’ve made significant progress:

  • North Carolina companies raised more than $1.2 billion in funding in 2015 – the best showing in more than a decade. CED tracks and promotes these deals through our interactive Innovators Report, educating the country on our impressive entrepreneurial activity.

  • The Triangle is gaining recognition: Entrepreneur named Raleigh the #7 Best City for Tech Jobs, Good Call says Durham is among the top 10 Best Places for Women Entrepreneurs, and PitchBook says the Triangle is #5 for Generating the Best VC Returns, to name just a few.

  • CED ensures a strong pipeline of high-growth companies by offering coaching and advising through the Venture Mentoring Service – completely free to entrepreneurs - which has helped more than 150 companies gain traction

Make a gift to super-charge the innovation economy and put the Triangle at the top of the list of entrepreneurial communities. We know we’re ready, and we can get there with your help. Contributions to the CED Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible, and a proven cost-effective way to connect people and resources..

You can increase the impact of your gift through matching gift programs, offered by thousands of employers. These programs often double or even triple your gift! Check with your employer to see if your donation qualifies or click here to search the matching gift database.

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For questions about the Annual Fund or the programs it benefits, contact Vicki Schebell, CED's Business Manager, by email