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Jan Pender

Donor Engagement Officer - Central NC

(919) 256-6914

Bio

Jan manages fundholder relations, giving circles, grant making innovation and fulfillment of philanthropic goals for central North Carolina.

She has worked for more than 25 years with North Carolina land trusts, community nonprofits, and local and state government agencies. She helped start a statewide environmental education and workforce development program for young people and has extensive experience managing public-private partnerships and grants. 

Jan was born and raised on a Kansas family farm, but has called North Carolina home since 1999. She earned a bachelor's degree in education from Kansas State University and a master's degree in geography from the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. She studied in England as a Rotary scholar and trained in geography education at the National Geographic Society.

Jan resides in Raleigh with her husband Tom. She loves visiting her two daughters at NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill, hiking, taking care of their rescue pets, teaching Sunday School, and singing in her church choir.

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