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Donors and Sponsors

Smart Start of New Hanover County is a private 501(c) (nonprofit) organization.  We benefit from the generous community donors and supporters.  Our donors know that investment in early childhood pays off.

“The highest rate of return in early childhood development comes from investing as early as possible, from birth through age five, in disadvantaged families. Starting at age three or four is too little too late, as it fails to recognize that skills beget skills in a complementary and dynamic way. Efforts should focus on the first years for the greatest efficiency and effectiveness. The best investment is in quality early childhood development from birth to five for disadvantaged children and their families.”
James J. Heckman, Nobel Laureate
December 7, 2012

Thank you to our major contributors and everyone who makes our work possible through donations of time, money and support.

2018 Pledge Breakfast for Children’s Champions

Chair Sponsor
PNC Bank

Chief Executive Sponsors
PNC Bank

Chief Operations Officer Sponsors
GE Hitachi
Live Oak Bank
NHC Sheriff’s Office
Publix Super Markets Charities
South State Bank
StarNews Media

Chief Financial Officer Sponsors
UNCW College of Health & Human Services
UNCW Watson College of Education
Causey Investments
Mac and Flavia McKeithan
Kidsville News

Chief Technology Officer Sponsors
Coastal Children’s Services
Cape Fear Community College
Children’s Learning Center
Cory Williams, DDS
Crew Tech

Chief Marketing Officer Sponsors
Alford Family Dentistry
Carousel Center
Coastal Chemical and Paper
First Citizens Bank
Joy Guenther
Harold W. Wells & Son, Inc.
Justin Lewis
Jane Morrow
Fred and Janet Nelson
Pope Real Estate
Stephen and Jennifer Pullum
UBS Financial (Pearson Patterson Smith Group, UBS)
University of Mount Olive at Wilmington


Smart Start of New Hanover County is also funded, in part, through grants from the following:

North Carolina Partnership for Children
North Carolina Department of Social Services
New Hanover County Department of Social Services
United Way of the Cape Fear Area