Regional Affiliate Foundations and Grantmaking

Philanthropy Across Our Region

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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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Cabarrus County COVID-19 Response Fund

The Cabarrus County Community Foundation established the Cabarrus County COVID-19 Response Fund, alongside United Way of Central Carolinas, to help those most in need through support to nonprofit organizations.

Board of Advisors:

Vernon Russell, Chair, Plummer Russell & Plummer PLLC

Perla Nunes, Vice Chair, Duke University Medical Center

Chip Buckwell, Kannapolis City Schools

Tracy Caldwell, New Piney Grove Baptist Church

Eric Dearmon, SunTrust Investment Services, Inc.

Roger Haas, Civic Leader

Tim Hagler, Charlotte Motor Speedway

Chris Lowder, Cabarrus County Schools

Tanya Oesterreich, Oesterreich Law PLLC

William Hamby, Civic Leader

Courtney Neal, Civic Leader

Dianne Snyder, Civic Leader

Steve Steinbacher, Cabarrus Brewing Company

Betty Stocks, Civic Leader

Trenton Whalen, Fifth Third Private Bank

 

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Rhonda Dean

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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Nicole Fote

Board & Grants Specialist

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704.973.4559

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:

Lucia Zapata-Griffith, Chair, Metro Landmarks

Armando Bellmas, McColl Center

Tanya Blackmon, Novant Health

Michael Campagna, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department

Ken Chrisman, Sealed Air

Leah Davis, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Peggy Eagan, Civic Leader

Seemantini Godbole, Lowe’s

Shawn Heath, City of Charlotte

Joan Lorden, UNC Charlotte

Valecia McDowell, Moore & Van Allen

Al McMillian, AvidXchange

Dee O’Dell, US Bank

Justin Perry, HopeWay Foundation

Mark Reed, Charlotte Country Day

Michael (Mike) Rizer, Ally Bank

Jenny Ward, Bank of America

 

Trustee Emeritus

William M. Barnhardt, Retired, Southern Webbing Mills

 

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Brian Collier

Brian Collier 

Executive Vice President

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704.973.4556

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

Grady Hogue, Vice Chair, First Piedmont Bank

Kathy Baines, First Piedmont Bank

Jason Blanton, Civic Leader

Marcus Bradley, Civic Leader

Dr. Michael Bridges, Civic Leader

Ed Elliott, Civic Leader

Troy Gaffney, Civic Leader

Addison Hamrick, DMD, Cherokee General Dentistry

Ana Moss, Moss Medical Institute & Spa

David Rilling, Civic Leader

David Shehan, Keystone Constructors, Inc.

Janet Shuford, Edward Jones

Cody Sossamon, Gaffney Ledger

Karen Spigner, Retired, Civic Leader

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

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

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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Alex Wiltberger

Board & Grants Specialist

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704.973.4914

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

Ralph Meekins, Vice Chair, Teddy & Meekins, Attorneys

W. Ted Alexander, Preservation North Carolina

Frank Bonner, Gardner-Webb University

Jennie Lambert, Civic Leader

Tropzie McCluney, Civic Leader

Mike Philbeck, Coldwell Banker Commercial

William Thompson, Saint Peter Church

Jason Winn, Nationwide/Winn Insurance

 

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Rhonda Dean

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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Alex Wiltberger

Board & Grants Specialist

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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 

Email Brian

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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Iredell County COVID-19 Response Fund

The Iredell County Community Foundation established the Iredell County COVID-19 Response Fund, alongside United Way of Central Carolinas and United Way of Iredell County, to help those most in need through support to nonprofit organizations.

Board of Advisors:

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

Doug McCracken, Vice Chair, Retired, Deloitte Consulting

David Green, Immediate Past Chair, Lowe's Companies, Inc.

Daniel Chambers, Civic Leader

Marian S. Clark, J.C. Steele & Sons

James D. Hogan, Mitchell Community College

William M. Jones Jr., Civic Leader

Freddie Morrison, Civic Leader

John Schaefer, Civic Leader

Rhyne Scott, Randy Marion Automotive

Peggy Willhide, Civic Leader

 

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Rhonda Dean

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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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:

Holly Furr, Chair, Lancaster Sheriff Office

Phil Neely, Vice Chair, Civic Leader

Chad Catledge, Perception Builders, LLC

Eric Crawford, Crawford Funeral Home

Steven Hutfles, City of Lancaster

Jill Newman, Lancaster County

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

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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Alex Wiltberger

Board & Grants Specialist

Email Alex

704.973.4914

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:

Teenie Tilley, Chair, Civic Leader

Burr Sullivan, Vice Chair, Civic Leader

Paula Turlington, Immediate Past Chair, Civic Leader

Mike Albert, Entrepreneurial Resources, LLC

Michael Holshouser, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Steve Jackson, Edward Jones

Tom Smith, Smith Leonard PLLC

Robin Team, Front Street Capital

Jane Whitehurst, Civic Leader

 

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David Snider 

Vice President & Program Officer 

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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:

Willie Heafner, Chair, Piedmont Companies Incorporated

Joseph Lampron, Vice Chair, Peoples Bank

Wayne Hoyle, Immediate Past Chair, First Federal Savings Bank

Bryan Beal, Carolina Mills, Inc.

Loretta A. Beam, Retired Educator & Church Musician

Elaine Harmon, Retired, County Government

Marti Hovis, Civic Leader

Elaine Jenkins, Retired Educator

David Lee, Robert Bosch Tool Corporation

Deirdre H. Nachamie, The Nachamie Law Firm, PLLC

Panico Peres, No Borders Consulting Group

Chris Rhyne, Chris Rhyne Financial Management

Tony Simpson, NC Works Career Center Lincoln

Kathy Vinzant, Retired, United Way

Teresa Watson, Carolinas Healthcare System 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

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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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

Richard Huffman, Immediate Past Chair, Huffman Law Firm

Karen Alexander, Mayor, City of Salisbury

Greg Edds, Rowan County Board of Commissioners

Darrell Hancock, R. Darrell Hancock, Atty At Law

Catrelia Hunter, Civic Leader

Alan King, Civic Leader

Vergel L. Lattimore, President, Hood Theological Seminary

Deborah Messinger, Civic Leader

Eva Nelson, Civic Leader

Bryan Overcash, Global Contract Services

Bill Wagoner, Wagoner Properties

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:

Paul Childress, Chair, Bear Insurance Service

Chris Poplin, Immediate Past Chair, Faison

Dawn Allen, GHA Autism Supports

Richard Almond, Civic Leader

Mrs. Merlin Amirtharaj, Civic Leader

Christopher Bennett, Elite Care Services

Robbie Cohen, Civic Leader

Roger Dick, Uwharrie Capital Corporation

David H. Hill, Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware

Martha Hughes, Civic Leader

Surendrapal Mac, Civic Leader

Ed Shimpock, Retired, Seven Oaks Doors & Hardware

 

Trustee Emeritus

William Grigg Retired, Duke Energy

 

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Rhonda Dean

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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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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Union County COVID-19 Response

As part of their COVID-19 response, the Union County Community Foundation, alongside the United Way of Central Carolinas, issued grants to help those most in need through support to nonprofit organizations. View grants.

Board of Advisors:

Ron Hinson, Chair, Hinson Electric

Randy Adcock, Vice Chair, First National Bank

Lisa Hildreth, Immediate Past Chair, Sherpa

Nancy Anderson, Civic Leader

Lisa Biehl, Civic Leader

Ron Brown, State Utility Contractors

Linda Hastings, School Teacher

Craig Horn, NC House Representative

Todd Johnson, Johnson Insurance Management

Pat Kahle, Union County Chamber of Commerce

David Lee, Retired Senior Resident Superior Court Judge

Jesse Milliken, Bank of North Carolina

Mary Ann Rasberry, Civic Leader

Don Richardson, Civic Leader

Laura Thomas, Anderson & Associates

John Whitley, Civic Leader

 

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Rhonda Dean

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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Nicole Fote

Board & Grants Specialist

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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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York County COVID-19 Response Fund

The York County Community Foundation established the York County COVID-19 Response Fund to help those most in need through support to nonprofit organizations.

Board of Advisors:

Elizabeth Smith Owen, Chair, Morton & Gettys, OOC

Shaun Barnes, Vice Chair, Comporium Communications

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

Lisa Amigo, Civic Leader

Craig Craze, Indigo Rush

Chuck Epps, Civic Leader

Catherine Faircloth, South State Bank

Ryan Gill, Gill Insurance

Michelle Guissinger, Carroll Financial Associates

Amy Hagner, York School District One

Dehler Hart, Springland, Inc.

Marc Howie, York Electric Cooperative

Kim Keel, Adult Enrichment Centers

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

Vice President, Board Management

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704.998.6404

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Nicole Fote

Board & Grants Specialist

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704.973.4559

2021 Council of Regional Chairs

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

Vernon Russell, Cabarrus County Community Foundation

Lucia Zapata Griffith, Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation

Barry Morgan, Cherokee County Community Foundation

David Schweppe, Cleveland County Community Foundation

Russell Bennett, The Cole Foundation, Richmond County

Costi Kutteh, Iredell County Community Foundation

Holly Furr, Lancaster County Community Foundation

Teenie S. Tilley, Lexington Area Community Foundation

William Heafner, Lincoln County Community Foundation

Gwin Barr, Salisbury Community Foundation

Paul Childress, Stanly County Community Foundation

Ron Hinson, Union County Community Foundation

Elizabeth S. Owen, York County Community Foundation