Michael Hamilton Fund

The Michael Hamilton Fund

Michael was always deeply supportive of his son Matt’s civic engagement and leadership.

During Matt’s time at Duke University, he served as an Advocate and leader with the Community Empowerment Fund (CEF). Michael was especially proud of the impact Matt made by shaping CEF in its early days in Durham, as the student-powered organization grew to holistically support the goals of homeless and near-homeless individuals. In honor and memory of Michael, the family created this special fund at CEF to invite loved ones to support this continued service.

CEF provides relationship-based support and matched savings accounts to people experiencing or at-risk of experiencing homelessness in Orange and Durham Counties. CEF’s programs are powered by “Advocates,” student volunteers like Matt from Duke and UNC who walk with Members towards reaching goals, securing employment and housing, and building financial stability for themselves and their families. In 2016, CEF’s 200 Advocates provided personalized, hands-on support to almost 1,000 families.

To honor Michael’s commitment and passion for higher education, gifts to the Michael Hamilton Fund for CEF will support CEF’s efforts to enable Members to access higher education, vocational certifications, skill-building trainings, and resources to advance greater career aspirations.

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Make checks payable to: Community Empowerment Fund

Mail to:

Community Empowerment Fund
208 N Columbia St., Suite 100
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Please include “Michael Hamilton Fund” in the memo line of your check or enclosed with your envelope.


Is my donation secure?

Absolutely. The security and confidentiality of your information is our highest priority. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donations. We will not sell, trade or share your personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations, and we will only share personal information if you have given us specific permission to do so.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

Yes. CEF is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization ( EIN: 27-0428981) and your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law. To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your email donation receipt as your official record. We’ll send it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

Do I get a receipt?

A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide on this form. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes. If you select a recurring donation, you will be sent an individual receipt each month when your donation is processed.

How is my donation used to support CEF’s work?

As a volunteer-based organization, our operating costs are minimal. Your financial support will go directly towards matching CEF Member’s savings, building personal assets and facilitating sustained transitions out of homelessness and poverty. Donations help cover costs associated with our programs, including printing, copying, and graduation ceremonies. Your contribution will also provide stipends to program graduates to return to CEF as teachers, and pay key program staff to provide the consistent, one-on-one support CEF Members deserve.
CEF: Community Empowerment Fund

Chapel Hill: 919-200-0233 Durham: 919-797-9233