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  • Supporting healthcare, higher education, human services and community.

  • Supporting healthcare, higher education, human services and community.

The Cannon Charitable Interests were created to continue the philanthropy of Charles A. Cannon and his daughter Mariam C. Hayes. Each funding entity has its own guidelines for eligibility.


The Board of Directors of The Cannon Foundation are pleased to announce the selection of Tina Markanda as Executive Director of the Foundation effective September 1.

Ms. Markanda is currently the Executive Director of The Foundation for a Healthy High Point, where she has served since 2014 when the foundation was established. As the foundation’s inaugural executive director, she worked with the board to develop their programs on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention and Early Childhood Intervention, Behavioral Health, and programs to support capacity-building efforts for not for profit community organizations.

From 2004 until 2013, Ms. Markanda was a Health Care program officer at The Duke Endowment in Charlotte, N.C. She supported initiatives in Early Childhood, Senior Adult Health, Emergency Medical Services, and Small and Rural Hospitals. Ms. Markanda has also been employed at Lowe's Companies, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Lexington Memorial Hospital, Lexington, N.C. 

She holds degrees in English and Biology from the University of North Carolina - Charlotte, a Masters of Public Health from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, and a Masters in Business Administration from Wake Forest University.

The Cannon Foundation was formed in 1943 by Charles A. Cannon, chairman and president of the Cannon Mills Company.  The Foundation continues his philanthropic legacy by funding primarily capital and infrastructure projects for organizations across the state of North Carolina.   To date, the foundation has awarded grants totaling more than $305 million.  

If this is your first time requesting a grant application since December 2017, please complete the new user login. Please note that if your organization does not fit giving guidelines, your user account may be declined.

Wondering if your organization qualifies for a grant?
Take our online Qualification Assessment to see if you meet the basic criteria.

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If you have received a grant since December 2017 and are applying for a new one, are returning to complete an application, sign a Contract Award or submit a Final Report, please click the Returning User button above. The username and password you previously created should allow you access to the portal.

If the account owner for your organization changes:
Option 1: Please create a NEW portal user account in our system and email info@cannonfoundation.org to alert our staff to change your grant ownership.
Option 2: If you need to reuse the email address associated with the previous account owner, please contact us FIRST. We must make the updates for you. Contact us at info@cannonfoundation.org.

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Representative Grants for The Cannon Foundation

Higher Education
Human Services

Cannon Charitable Interests
Post Office Box 548
Concord, North Carolina 28026