The board of advisors of the Rocky Mount Area Community Foundation has announced that it has changed its name to the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount, effective immediately. The foundation is an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation (NCCF).

The name change has been effected in part to honor the community contributions of Robert R. Mauldin, who will retire from the board as the affiliate’s first and only president after 13 years of service on the local board. He also is a former member of the NCCF statewide board of directors. The name change also acknowledges Richard F. Futrell Jr. for his community leadership.

The foundation was an outgrowth of the Futrell-Mauldin Fund, established in 1997 by Centura Bank to honor Mauldin and Futrell, both retired chairmen of company. The fund has been administered by the NCCF and was later used to launch the Rocky Mount Area Community Foundation. Since its inception, the Futrell-Mauldin Fund has awarded more than $474,000 to the Rocky Mount area.

Samuel W. Johnson, attorney with Poyner Spruill, has been elected president of the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount. He noted that the fund’s impact on the Rocky Mount area has been significant. “There is no question that the Futrell-Mauldin Fund has had an enormous, positive impact on our community, providing funding to a wide spectrum of projects and programs ranging from the Harrison Family YMCA to Braswell Library summer reading programs, the Tar River Mission Clinic and the Buck Leonard summer youth baseball league, to name just a few,” he said.

Johnson added that the leadership contributions Mauldin has made to the affiliate and Greater Rocky Mount community have been legendary. “I know I have some big shoes to fill as president of the Futrell-Mauldin Community Fund for Greater Rocky Mount,” he said. “I am honored to follow in his footsteps.”

NCCF CEO Jennifer Tolle Whiteside said Mauldin’s contributions have had a positive impact on all of North Carolina. “The entire state has benefitted from Mr. Mauldin’s work in economic development, education and philanthropy,” she said. “All of us associated with the Foundation are so appreciative of everything he has done for our state through his work on the NCCF board and with the local affiliate.”

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