Editor’s note: Thom Ruhe, CEO of the NC IDEA Foundation, explains in a blog why the organization has launched a new fundraising program targeting startups.

DURHAM – Now more than ever …

Our early stage entrepreneurs need support. Young firms are fragile but vital in restoring our economic potential; employment growth in particular, and they need your help to survive this global challenge.

So today, we are announcing a fundraising effort to support more nascent firms weather this time of great uncertainty.

With Partners In Purpose, 100% of your generous donation will be deployed through grant programs that support the startup ecosystem of North Carolina. Funds deployed through our programs are grants – not loans that require repayment. More information on our programs and fundraising efforts can be found here.

Please consider what you can do to keep North Carolina entrepreneurially strong with a gift today. We also appreciate you spreading the word. Please consider forwarding this newsletter or link to our campaign page to three friends.

Thank you for supporting the companies that will build a brighter tomorrow and keep North Carolina entrepreneurially strong.