Jennifer Tolle Whiteside(center), NCCF President and CEO, addresses the audience as Stuart Dorsett (left), NCCF Vice Chair, and Linda Staunch, NCCF board member and past Chair of the Craven County Community Foundation, look on.

The Craven County Community Foundation (CCCF) hosted a reception to honor the late Margaret Rawls Stancil June 11 at the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Place. The event not only honored Stancil’s life and generous spirit, but also announced the establishment of the Margaret Rawls Stancil Endowment, which was created by a gift from her estate and will benefit a number of charities in Craven County and beyond.

About 80 people gathered for the celebration, including foundation officials, beneficiaries and Stancil family and friends. New Bern attorney Ken McCotter, the executor of Stancil’s estate, gave a tribute to Stancil’s generosity. “Margaret was a gracious and lovely lady, who was very generous throughout her life, giving to many worthy causes,” he said. “This endowment and her other significant gifts are a tribute to the magnanimous spirit of a truly wonderful person.”

(L-R): Tresie and Tony Salem, Rev. Dr. Peter Stubes and Nelson McDaniel

Remarks by Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, President and CEO of the North Carolina Community Foundation, underscored the lasting impact of the Stancil Endowment. “With this gift, Mrs. Stancil has set in motion a powerful vehicle that will strengthen charities in New Bern and beyond, now and in perpetuity,” she said. “We hope others will be inspired by the legacy of this generous and visionary woman, who sought to make the world a better place.”

For more information about the Craven County Community Foundation or donating to the Margaret Rawls Stancil Endowment Fund, contact Kim Ball, Coastal Plain South regional associate, at

Ken McCotter, executor of Margaret Stancil's estate and Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF president and CEO

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