A Commitment To The Next Generation Of Great Leaders

As long-term business owners, we at IMC never stop thinking about the future.

Our commitment to making a positive impact goes far beyond the companies we own—it spreads to the community in which we live and work.

ChildTrust Foundation serves as the charitable arm of IMC. We focus on those who will one day be our greatest leaders—the children of our community.

Significant research points to the advantages of a quality education for preschool and kindergarten age children. These include higher incomes and graduation rates, as well as less need for special education and a reduced chance of getting into trouble with the law. We also know that reading proficiency in third grade serves as a predictor of future success. Children who do not read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers–and the predictions are even worse for students living in poverty.

More Than

6 Million

children nationally are at increased risk for dropping out of high school simply because they can't read proficiently.

While somber statistics, these issues can absolutely be addressed. Our investments focus on education and literacy in North Carolina, particularly for children from birth through age 8 with a special emphasis on underserved, high-risk children.

At ChildTrust Foundation, we believe that strategic investments in education and literacy in the earliest years can lead to systemic change, positively impacting the lives of children–our future leaders–for generations to come. Our involvement with organizations across North Carolina goes far beyond financial gifts to include collaboration, networking and capacity-building to ensure greater success.

A sample of our grantees:

  • Bertie County YMCA
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County
  • Camp Corral
  • EdNC
  • Helps Education Fund
  • KidzNotes
  • NC Child
  • NC Early Childhood Foundation
  • NC Partnership for Children
  • Nurse-Family Partnership
  • Prevent Child Abuse NC
  • Public School Forum of NC
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Read and Feed
  • StepUp Ministry
  • Teach for America – Eastern North Carolina
  • The Daniel Center
  • Wake Education Partnership

Organizations interested in applying for funding from ChildTrust Foundation should contact Cyndi Soter O’Neil at coneil@investorsmanagement.com

Characteristics that represent our typical grantee:


Focus on the critical factors from birth to age 8 that contribute to the success of children from underserved families.


Serve under-resourced families and communities in North Carolina.


Conduct statewide advocacy and policy efforts or programmatic work taking place from Raleigh to the coast.