Chairman’s Challenge sees successful sixth year

For the past six years, we’ve been proud to see the boards of advisors of our local affiliate foundations across the state devote every November to the pivotal task of building the affiliates’ unrestricted community grantmaking funds to continue to meet needs.

The Chairman’s Challenge campaign has become a transformational force in continuing to build everlasting philanthropic funding across rural North Carolina. Over the last six years, $2.25 million has been raised through the Challenge to support community grantmaking through our affiliate network in the communities we serve statewide. In 2018, the Challenge brought in $460,000. Of that, $350,000 was donated in direct gifts to affiliates and $110,000 was given as a proportional match by anonymous donors.

The six-year Challenge total is a statement on the generosity of North Carolinians. “Our neighbors in every corner of the state have given millions of dollars to help their communities grow even stronger,” said Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF CEO and president. “The community gave generously because they know their neighbors are asking them to give back and they know these funds will make a real difference for generations to come.”

While all affiliates can report impactful campaign results from 2018, we wanted to brag about a few outstanding accomplishments:

Our top five affiliates, by amount raised are:

  • Montgomery County Fund
  • Carteret Community Foundation
  • Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount
  • Catawba Valley Community Foundation
  • Onslow Caring Communities Foundation

In addition to our top five fundraising honor roll, we want to recognize a few standouts who led in the number of gifts given:

  • Yadkin County Community Foundation
  • Craven County Community Foundation
  • Edgecombe Charitable Foundation
  • Wilkes Community Foundation
  • Moore County Community Foundation

“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.”