Chairman’s Challenge sees record-breaking seventh year

For the past seven years, the NCCF statewide network of local affiliate foundations have devoted every November to the critical task of building community grantmaking funds to continue meeting local needs. These unrestricted funds are the backbone of our affiliate foundations, ensuring local leadership makes decisions about meeting local challenges with philanthropic funding.

The campaign to grow community grantmaking funds, our Chairman’s Challenge, has become an instrumental force in continuing to build everlasting philanthropic funding across North Carolina. Over the last six years, $2.75 million has been raised from the Challenge issued by the statewide NCCF board of directors. In 2019, the Challenge brought in more than $475,000 for local community grantmaking. Of that, $375,000 was donated in gifts directly to affiliates and $100,000 was given as a proportional match by anonymous donors.

The seven-year Challenge total is a statement on the generosity of North Carolinians, according to Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF CEO and president. “Our neighbors in every corner of the state have given generously because they know these funds will make a real difference in helping their communities grow even stronger for generations to come,” she said.

The 2019 total is a $25,000 increase from the previous year, making it the most successful Chairman’s Challenge year ever and marking the success our 52 participating affiliate boards earned from the campaign.

For many of our affiliates, the campaign speaks to the community-led nature of our affiliate model. Often, board members sign each Challenge letter to their neighbors by hand and work diligently to ensure the community knows the impact the community foundation is having.

“Our statewide network of affiliate foundations leads this campaign and is the cornerstone of our work,” said Leslie Ann Jackson, NCCF vice president of community investment and engagement. “We’re so honored to celebrate the continued growth of these permanent philanthropic assets in communities across the state because we know these dollars are making North Carolina stronger.”