Regional Affiliate Foundations and Grantmaking

Philanthropy Across Our Region

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Loving Your Roots

Alice Williams Davis and her husband, Kevin, established a planned gift that will leave a percentage of her charitable estate to FFTC’s regional affiliate, the York County Community Foundation.

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A Legacy of Service

General William D. Lackey devoted 35 years to serving our country in the U.S. Air force and North Carolina National Guard. After retiring, General Lackey returned to Statesville and continued his commitment to a lifetime of service, including serving on the Board of Trustees for the Iredell County Community Foundation, one of Foundation For The Carolinas’ 13 regional affiliates.

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Rockingham: Looking Back and Looking Forward

Downtown Rockingham was a community faced with hardships, until a partnership led by our regional affiliate in Richmond County partnered with the Discovery Place, local government, the local community college, local businesses and more to revitalize the once thriving downtown:

Our Regional Grantmaking

Led by local boards of advisors, our 13 regional affiliates share our vision to inspire philanthropy and invest in their unique communities. 

FFTC supports the work of our affiliates by engaging local leaders, managing endowments and facilitating grantmaking. Together, we provide philanthropic solutions to address community issues and invest in the important work of local nonprofits.

Wherever you call home, explore how you can support the communities and causes you care about most.

Learn about grantmaking in specific communities below, as well as how we're investing in transformative initiatives across our region.

Our Regional Affiliates

Cabarrus County Community Foundation

The Cabarrus County Community Foundation was established in 1989 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Cabarrus County, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, over $11 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Cabarrus County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Trenton Whalen, Chair, Fifth Third Private Bank

Eric Dearmon, Vice Chair, Truist Investment Services

Judge Juanita Boger-Allen, Cabarrus County District Court Judge

Roger Haas, Civic Leader

Tim Hagler, Civic Leader

Judge William G. Hamby, Jr., Civic Leader

Dr. Chris Lowder, Civic Leader

Jay McKinney, Barnabas Capital LLC

Marie McLucas, Primax Properties

Courtney Neal, Civic Leader

Tanya Oesterreich, Oesterreich Law PLLC

Van W. Shaw, Cabarrus County Sheriff

Dr. Dianne Snyder, Civic Leader

Keith Sides, Civic Leader

Katie Warlick, CPA, MBA, DeAnna Ford CPA

 

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Rhonda Dean

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Nicole Fote

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

Established in 2001, Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation is the primary grantmaking arm of Foundation For The Carolinas and is led by a local board of advisors.

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Board of Advisors:

Tanya Blackmon, Chair, Civic Leader

Erin Barbee, DreamKey Partners

Michael Campagna, Civic Leader

Claude Close, Springsteen Capital

Leah Davis, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Miriam Espaillat, Raydal Hospitality

Sil Ganzó, ourBRIDGE for KIDS

Seemantini Godbole, Lowe’s

Shawn Heath, City of Charlotte

Dominique Johnson, Duke Energy

Jamall Kinard, Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance

Joan Lorden, Civic Leader

Valecia McDowell, Moore & Van Allen

Al McMillian, AvidXchange

Corey Mitchell, Theatre Gap Initiative

Dee O’Dell, US Bank

Mike Rizer, Ally Bank

Jenny Ward, Bank of America

Lucia Zapata-Griffith, METRO Landmarks

 

Trustee Emeritus

We honor the life and longtime service of William M. Barnhardt, a dedicated member of this board from 2005-2021.

 

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Melissa Nemec

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Cherokee County Community Foundation

The Cherokee County Community Foundation was established in 1994 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Cherokee County, S.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $300,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, nearly $4 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Cherokee County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Charles Wyatt, Chair, Limestone College

Michael Bridges, Vice Chair, Concord Baptist Church

Barry Morgan, Immediate Past Chair, First Piedmont Bank

Marv Bishop, Civic Leader

Marcus Bradley,  Civic Leader

Reed Brown,  Brown Packing Co., Inc.

Kelly Curtis,  Limestone University

Troy Gaffney,  Civic Leader

Christine Little Gregory, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System

Rick Jiran, Duke Energy South Carolina

Ben Kochenower CPA, Cline Brandt Kochenower & Co, P.A.

LeighAnn Moon, City of Gaffney

David Shehan, Keystone Constructors, Inc.

Cody Sossamon, First National Bank

David Stepp, Daddy Joe’s Beach House BBQ & Grill

Candace Waters, Palmetto Christian Academy of Gaffney

Jonathon Will, WestRock

 

 

Trustee Emeritus

John Travers (1995 to 2023), Civic Leader

 

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Rhonda Dean

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Alex Wiltberger

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Cleveland County Community Foundation

The Cleveland County Community Foundation was established in 1985 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Cleveland County, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, more than $6.5 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Cleveland County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Jason Winn, Chair, Nationwide/Winn Insurance

Jennie Lambert, Vice Chair, Civic Leader

David Schweppe, Immediate Past Chair, The Schweppe Law Firm, P.A.

Frank Bonner, President Emeritus, Gardner-Webb University

Spencer Borders, Foothills Commercial Real Estate

Paul Brintley, Fellowship Church

Gina Carter, Child Care Connection of Cleveland County

Tropzie McCluney, Civic Leader

Jack Weller, Civic Leader

 

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

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Alex Wiltberger

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The Cole (Richmond County) Foundation

The Foundation for Richmond County merged with The Cole Foundation in 2015. Together they have awarded more than $31 million in grants to local nonprofits.

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Melissa Nemec

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Iredell County Community Foundation

The Iredell County Community Foundation was established in 1989 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Iredell County, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $1.6 million in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, nearly $15 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Iredell County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Doug McCracken, Chair, Retired, Deloitte Consulting

Lisa McBane, Vice Chair, Bluewater Partners, LLC

Costi Kutteh, Immediate Past Chair, Pope, McMillian P.A.

Daniel Chambers, Civic Leader

William M. Jones, Jr., Civic Leader

Bill Leach, Civic Leader

Freddie Morrison, Civic Leader

Molly Nicholson, Mitchell Community College

Maria Haughton Roberson, Civic Leader

John Schaefer, Civic Leader

Estelle Stinchcomb, Retired Educator

Dr. Peggy Willhide, Civic Leader

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

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nicole fote

Nicole Fote

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Lancaster County Community Foundation

The Lancaster County Community Foundation was established in 1988 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Lancaster County, S.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $111,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, over $2.3 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Lancaster County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Phil Neely, Chair, Civic Leader

Jill Newman, Vice Chair, Lancaster County

Erick Crawford, Crawford Funeral Home

Andy Davis, Thompson & Davis CPA

Susan Jordan, Civic Leader

John McCain, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Babette Sabia, Civic Leader

Steve Sherrill, First Citizens Bank

David Tolson, Civic Leader

Fred Witherspoon, The W Group

 

Trustee Emeritus

Robert Folks, Folks & DeVenny, LLC

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

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Alex Wiltberger

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Lexington Area Community Foundation

The Lexington Area Community Foundation was established in 1996 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Lexington, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, more than $3 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Lexington Area Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Burr Sullivan, Chair, Civic Leader

Teenie Tilley, Immediate Past Chair, Civic Leader

Mike Albert, Entrepreneurial Resources, LLC

Laurie Briggs, Civic Leader

Cory Holt, The Cory Holt Foundation

Ed Jordan, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Tom Smith, Smith Leonard PLLC

Robin Team, Front Street Capital

Jane Whitehurst, Civic Leader

 

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David Snider 

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Lincoln County Community Foundation

The Lincoln County Community Foundation was established in 2001 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Lincoln County, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $113,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, more than $3.1 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Lincoln County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Joe Lampron, Chair, Civic Leader

Bryan Beal, Vice Chair, Carolina Mills, Inc.

Willie Heafner, Immediate Past Chair, Piedmont Companies Incorporated

Loretta A. Beam, Retired Educator & Church Musician

Walter Clark, Civic Leader

Trudie Crawford, MA LCMHC, NCC, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Marti Hovis, Civic Leader

Erma Deen Hoyle, Civic Leader

Mark L. Mullen, Citizens Insurance Agency

Panico Peres, No Borders Consulting Group

Chris Rhyne, Chris Rhyne Financial Management

Teresa Watson, Atrium Health-Lincoln

 

Trustees Emeriti

Daniel Barefoot, Civic Leader

Diane Hunter Boyd, Civic Leader

Jerry Cochrane, Civic Leader

Sylvia Holmes, Civic Leader

Richard Jonas, Civic Leader

Sam King, Civic Leader

Chip Stroup, Civic Leader

Mollie Warlick, Civic Leader

Rosalind Welder, Civic Leader

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

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nicole fote

Nicole Fote

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Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation

The Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation was established in 1944 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Salisbury, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, more than $25 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Bryan Overcash, Chair, Global Contact Services

Gwin Barr, Immediate Past Chair, Rowan County Crosby Scholars Community Partnership

Karen Alexander, Mayor, City of Salisbury

Laura Davis, Civic Leader

Greg Edds, Rowan County Board of Commissioners

Darrell Hancock, R. Darrell Hancock, Atty At Law

Catrelia Hunter, Civic Leader

Alan King, Civic Leader

Daniel Matangira, Matangira Recycling

Deborah Messinger, Civic Leader

LaSheka Walker, Catawba College

Lauren Whaley, Carolinas Credit Union Foundation

Whitney Wallace Williams, Wallace & Graham

 

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David Snider

David Snider 

Vice President & Program Officer 

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704.973.4528 

Stanly County Community Foundation

The Stanly County Community Foundation was established in 1999 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Stanly County, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, nearly $11 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Stanly County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Roger Dick, Chair, CEO of Uwharrie Bank

Brooke Senter, Vice Chair, Uwharrie Bank

Paul Childress, Immediate Past Chair, Childress Insurance Partners

Dawn Allen, GHA Autism Supports

Merlin Amirtharaj, Civic Leader

Christopher Bennett, Elite Care Services

Razan Brown, Civic Leader

David H. Hill, Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware

Martha Hughes, Civic Leader

Surendrapal Mac, Civic Leader

Art Rogers, Civic Leader

Marshall Rogers, Civic Leader

Ed Shimpock, Retired, Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware

 

Trustee Emeritus

William Grigg, Retired, Duke Energy

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

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Alex Wiltberger

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Union County Community Foundation

The Union County Community Foundation was established in 1999 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in Union County, N.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $945,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, more than $7 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the Union County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Randy Adcock, Chair, American Bank

Pat Kahle, Vice Chair, Union County Chamber of Commerce

Lisa Biehl, Civic Leader

Ron Brown, State Utility Contractors

James Bullock, Wingate University

Shane Fraser, SNA Today

Seth Goldwire, Atrium Health Union West

Linda Hastings, School Teacher

Todd Johnson, Johnson Insurance Management

Yorda Kidane, Digital Tax Advisory

Sam Starnes, Circle S. Ranch

John Whitley, Civic Leader


We honor the life and longtime service of David Lee, a dedicated member of this board from 2017-2022.

 

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Rhonda Dean

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Nicole Fote

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York County Community Foundation

The York County Community Foundation was established in 1988 by local leaders to encourage philanthropy and secure resources to address local issues. The Foundation brings together charitable donors, community leaders and nonprofits to make positive impacts in York County, S.C.

Led by a local board of advisors, the Foundation has awarded more than $500,000 in grants to area nonprofits since inception. In addition to the endowments that support local grantmaking, nearly $30 million in charitable assets – typically comprised of individual, family and nonprofits funds – are affiliated with the Foundation. 

With continued support from generous donors, the York County Community Foundation can continue building on this spirit of philanthropy for generations to come.

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Board of Advisors:

Shaun Barnes, Chair, Comporium Communications

Craig Craze, Vice Chair, Indigo Rush

Nikki Blanco, South State Bank

K.C. Brown, Lone Buffalo

Chrissy Catoe, USA Insulation of Charlotte

Chris Farris, Christopher O. Farris CPA

Ryan Gill, Gill Insurance

Michelle Guissinger, Carroll Financial Associates

Amy Hagner, York School District One

Marc Howie, York Electric Cooperative

Nicki McBrayer Nash, Founders Federal Credit Union

 

Trustee Emeritus

Harry Dalton, Sr., Retired, Caraustar Industries

 

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Rhonda Dean

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2022 Council of Regional Chairs

Board chairs from each of our 13 affiliates serve on FFTC’s Council of Regional Chairs.

Trenton Whalen, Cabarrus County Community Foundation

Tanya Blackmon, Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

Charles Wyatt, Cherokee County Community Foundation

Jason Winn, Cleveland County Community Foundation

Sandy Ridley, The Cole Foundation, Richmond County

Doug McCracken, Iredell County Community Foundation

Phil Neely, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Burr Sullivan, Lexington Area Community Foundation

Joe Lampron, Lincoln County Community Foundation

Bryan Overcash, Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation

Roger Dick, Stanly County Community Foundation

Randy Adcock, Union County Community Foundation

Shaun Barnes, York County Community Foundation