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

Vernon Russell, Immediate Past Chair, Plummer Russell and Plummer PLLC

Judge Juanita Boger-Allen, Cabarrus County District Court Judge

Chip Buckwell, Civic Leader

Rev. Tracy Caldwell, New Piney Grove Baptist Church

Timothy Hagler, Charlotte Motor Speedway

Roger Haas, Civic Leader

Judge William G. Hamby, Jr., Civic Leader

Dr. Christopher Lowder, Civic Leader

Marie McLucas, Primax Properties

Courtney Neal, Civic Leader

Tanya Oesterreich, Oesterreich Law PLLC

Keith Sides, Civic Leader

Dr. Dianne Snyder, Civic Leader

Steve Steinbacher, Cabarrus Brewing Company

Betty Stocks, Civic Leader

 

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rhonda dean

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, Bank of America

Michael Campagna, Civic Leader

Ken Chrisman, Highline Warren

Leah Davis, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Miriam Espaillat, Raydal Hospitality

Seemantini Godbole, Lowe’s

Shawn Heath, City of Charlotte

Dominique Johnson, Duke Energy

Jamall Kinard, Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance

Joan Lorden, UNC Charlotte

Valecia McDowell, Moore & Van Allen

Al McMillian, AvidXchange

Dee O’Dell, US Bank

Justin Perry, Perry Counseling Healing and Recovery

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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Brian Collier

Brian Collier 

Executive Vice President

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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:

Barry Morgan, Chair, First Piedmont Bank

Jason Blanton, Civic Leader

Marcus Bradley, Civic Leader

Dr. Michael Bridges, Civic Leader

Kelly Curtis, Limestone University

Ed Elliott, Civic Leader

Troy Gaffney, Civic Leader

Addison Hamrick, DMD, Cherokee General Dentistry

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

David Rilling, Civic Leader

David Shehan, Keystone Constructors

Janet Shuford, Edward Jones

Cody Sossamon, Gaffney Ledger

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

Jonathon Will, WestRock

Charles Wyatt, Limestone College

 

Trustee Emeritus

We honor the life and longtime service of John Travers, a dedicated member of this board from 1995-2021.

 

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rhonda dean

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:

David Schweppe, Chair, The Schweppe Law Firm

Jason Winn, Vice Chair, Winn Insurance

Dr. Frank Bonner, Gardner-Webb University

Spencer Borders, Foothills Commercial Real Estate

Dr. Paul Brintley, Fellowship Church

Gina Carter, Child Care Connection of Cleveland County

Jennie Lambert, Civic Leader

Tropzie McCluney, Civic Leader

Dr. Jack Weller, Civic Leader

Rev. William Thompson, Saint Peter Church

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

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Alex Wiltberger

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704.973.4914

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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Brian Collier

Brian Collier 

Executive Vice President 

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704.973.4556 

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:

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

Doug McCracken, Vice Chair, Retired, Deloitte Consulting

Daniel Chambers, Civic Leader

William M. Jones, Jr., Civic Leader

Bill Leach, Civic Leader

Lisa McBane, Bluewater Partners, LLC

Freddie Morrison, Civic Leader

Maria Haughton Roberson, Civic Leader

John Schaefer, Civic Leader

Peggy Willhide, Civic Leader

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

Vice President, Board Management

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nicole fote

Nicole Fote

Board & Grants Specialist

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704.973.4559

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

Holly Furr, Immediate Past Chair, United Way of Lancaster County

Erick Crawford, Crawford Funeral Home

Andy Davis, Thompson & Davis CPA

Jackie Harris, Civic Leader

Steven Hutfles, City of Lancaster

Babette Sabia, Civic Leader

Steve Sherrill, First Citizens Bank

David Tolson, Civic Leader

Bobby Williams, Civic Leader

 

Trustee Emeritus

Robert Folks, Folks & DeVenny, LLC

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

Vice President, Board Management

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alex

Alex Wiltberger

Board & Grants Specialist

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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

Steve Jackson, Edward Jones

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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704.973.4528 

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

Trudie Crawford, MA, LCMHC, NCC – 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

Tony Simpson, NC Works Career Center Lincoln

Kathy Vinzant, Retired, United Way of Lincoln County

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

Board & Grants Specialist

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704.973.4559

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:

Gwin Barr, 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

Bryan Overcash, Global Contract Services

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, Uwharrie Capital Corporation

Paul Childress, Immediate Past Chair, First Bank Insurance Services

Dawn Allen, GHA Autism Supports

Merlin Amirtharaj, Civic Leader

Christopher Bennett, Elite Care Services

Razan Brown, Proximity International

Robbie Cohen, Civic Leader

David H. Hill, Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware

Martha Hughes, Civic Leader

Surendrapal Mac, Civic Leader

Art Rogers, Civic Leader

Marshall Rogers, Tworog Holing, LLC

Brooke Senter, Uwharrie Bank

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

Alex Wiltberger

Board & Grants Specialist

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704.973.4914

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

Ron Hinson, Immediate Past Chair, Hinson Electric

Nancy Anderson, Civic Leader

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

Jesse Milliken, Bank of North Carolina

Mary Ann Rasberry, Civic Leader

Samuel 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

Nicole Fote

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704.973.4559

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

Elizabeth Smith Owen, Immediate Past Chair, Morton & Gettys, OOC

Jason Ackerman, CPA, CFP, CGMA, BNA CPAs & Advisors

Lisa Amigo, Civic Leader

Chuck Epps, Civic Leader

Ryan Gill, Gill Insurance

Michelle Guissinger, Carroll Financial Associates

Amy Hagner, York School District One

Marc Howie, York Electric Cooperative

Kim Keel, Civic Leader

Nicki McBrayer Nash, Founders Federal Credit Union

Brandon Newton, SC House of Representative

Michael Schonfeld, Clover Chiropractic Care

 

Trustee Emeritus

Harry Dalton, Sr., Retired, Caraustar Industries

 

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rhonda dean

Rhonda Dean

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Nicole Fote

Board & Grants Specialist

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704.973.4559

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

Barry Morgan, Cherokee County Community Foundation

David Schweppe, Cleveland County Community Foundation

Sandy Ridley, The Cole Foundation, Richmond County

Costi Kutteh, Iredell County Community Foundation

Phil Neely, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Burr Sullivan, Lexington Area Community Foundation

Joe Lampron, Lincoln County Community Foundation

Gwin Barr, Salisbury-Rowan Community Foundation

Paul Childress, Stanly County Community Foundation

Randy Adcock, Union County Community Foundation

Shaun Barnes, York County Community Foundation