Cherry Ballard, Elizabeth Fentress and Lewis Holding

1988
Lewis R. Holding is named founding chairman of the board of NCCF; Elizabeth C. Fentress is named founding executive director and president; and Cherry Ballard is hired as first NCCF employee.

Visionary philanthropists and banks support the NCCF’s mission with significant gifts, including BB&T, First Citizens Bank, the Fidelity Bank, Wachovia, Southern National, Southern Bank & Trust, Centura and United Carolina Bank.

1989
The John C. Campbell Folk School establishes NCCF’s first endowment, which is created to support the school in Brasstown.

1990
The first scholarships are established with the NCCF when the Bryan Foundation creates 11 endowments.

The NCCF’s first $100,000 endowment is the Campbell University Law School Endowment Fund, established to provide ongoing support for the law school.

NCCF hosts the first convocation for community foundations in North Carolina at Pinehurst.

1991
Craven, Johnston, Montgomery (the very first) and Randolph counties establish the first affiliate foundations.

The George and Della Owl Endowment, held by the Eastern Band of Cherokees affiliate, is established in memory of the couple and is NCCF’s first named fund.

1992
Earle A. & Jean B. ConnellyThe Earle A. & Jean B. Connelly Endowment and the J.F. and Jean Allen Endowment are the first family funds established with the NCCF.

1993
NCCF introduces multi-county and multi-community concept to NCCF structure.

The statewide Women’s Fund is established with the NCCF.

1994
NCCF serves 25 affiliates across North Carolina.

1996
NCCF reaches its first $10 million in assets.

1998
NCCF celebrates a decade of service.
NCCF achieves its first $25 million in assets.

1999
NCCF creates the statewide Disaster Relief Fund to address urgent needs after Hurricane Floyd.

NCCF concludes a highly successful $1 million capital campaign in record time.

2000
NCCF adopts national standards set forth by the Council on Foundations.

NCCF reaches $50 million in total assets (and during a volatile stock market).

2001
NCCF becomes the endowment partner for five important statewide funds: the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in North Carolina; the NC Deaf-Blind Associates; Project Challenge, NC; the NC Recreation and Park Society; and the NC Dental Health Society.

Hickory is established as our first full-service regional field office in anticipation of the continued development and potential of the Catawba Valley region.

Charles Gaddy2002
Charles Gaddy becomes the second NCCF board chairman following Lewis R. Holding.

2003
NCCF becomes fiscal agent for the newly established NC Grantmakers.

NCCF distributes nearly $2 million to North Carolina nonprofits.

NCCF incorporates tenets of Sarbanes Oxley, exceeding requirements for nonprofit organizations.

2004
Ron ScheelerRon Scheeler of Raleigh becomes the third chairman of the NCCF board of directors.

Ramona Cash, former chair of Johnston County Community Foundation, receives the first annual Lewis R. Holding Philanthropic Leadership award.

2005
The Dr. Ann F. Wolfe Endowment, a statewide fund to reduce infant mortality and enhance children’s health, is established with the NCCF.

NCCF achieves its first $100 million in assets.

Jennifer Tolle Whiteside

2006
Founding President Elizabeth C. Fentress announces her retirement.

2007
Jennifer Tolle Whiteside is hired as only the second NCCF president.

NCCF achieves its first National Standards designation from the Council on Foundations.

2009
NCCF Founder Lewis R. Holding dies.

James W. Narron James W. Narron is named the fourth chairman of the board.

NCCF updates its branding and introduces new website.

2011
NCCF establishes Community Leadership Team.

NCCF activates the statewide Disaster Relief Fund to provide critical support of devastating tornadoes and Hurricane Irene.

2012
NCCF achieves its second National Standards designation from the Council on Foundations.

NCCF grants $7.4 million throughout North Carolina on behalf of donors and fundholders.

2013
NCCF celebrates 25 years!

Stuart Dorsett is appointed the fifth chairman of the board.

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