The organization will give about $2.5 million over the next five years to the new clinic project as a part of a partnership with N.C. Children’s Promise, said Executive Director Evan Sherwood.
The first program the organization will maintain, he said, is the For the Kids Fund — an ongoing grant that takes care of families’ medical costs not covered by Medicaid or private insurance.
The second program that will continue to receive money is Parents Night Out. Every Tuesday night, Carolina For the Kids provides a hot meal to three floors of the hospital for parents of patients, he said.
Brendan Leonard, Carolina For the Kids spokesman, said these programs are key during the time of transition.
“They’re kind of our foundation, and so many people know us for that,” he said. “It’s too important to give up those opportunities.”
Sherwood said the programs that Carolina For the Kids will no longer fund were set up with the intention of the hospital eventually being able to independently support them.
Leonard said there have been many examples where Carolina For the Kids was able to kick off programs the hospital would not otherwise be able to pay for.
“We funded a bilingual social worker. Because of the money we funded, the hospital realized how important it was. Our contract was a year or two, so there was a timeline for that, and now the hospital picked it up,” he said.