Community leader Marty Driver is the 2023 recipient of the Yadkin County Philanthropist of the Year Award from the Yadkin County Community Foundation.
The Philanthropist of the Year award is a special recognition to an individual who exemplifies the spirit of philanthropy by giving to the community and making it a better place. This honor has been presented by the Yadkin County Community Foundation, an affiliate of the North Carolina Community Foundation, since 2007. Driver received the award on June 20 at YCCF’s 2023 Grants Celebration.
Driver is a long-time resident of Yadkin County and has been an integral leader in the community. She previously served as executive director at Hands of Hope Medical Clinic where hundreds of uninsured county residents received free medical care. Driver also served as president for the Downtown Business Association and is a past president and current board member of the Yadkin County Chamber of Commerce.
“No one is more deserving of this award than Marty Driver,” said Mark Diachenko, YCCF Grants Committee Chair.
Driver was instrumental in supporting the Yadkin YMCA, Yadkin Homeplace and SECU Hospice Home in Yadkin County. In addition to her time and talents, Driver has contributed monetarily to local charities and programs including the First Horizons Adult Day Center, Yadkinville United Methodist Church, and many others. She is regularly sought out by members of the community for advice regarding in-home nursing care and end-of-life care.
A Yadkin County native, Driver graduated from Forbush High School and was the first recipient of the Lady Falcon Athlete of the Year award. She is the mother of Rae Benton Fields and wife of Tom Fagerli, who is president of YCCF’s board of advisors. Fagerli did not participate in the nomination or selection process for this award.
About the North Carolina Community Foundation
The North Carolina Community Foundation is the statewide community foundation serving North Carolina and has administered over $243 million in grants since 1988. With more than $440 million in assets, NCCF sustains more than 1,200 endowments and partners with a network of affiliates to award grants and scholarships in communities across the state.
An important component of NCCF’s mission is to ensure philanthropy has a voice at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit nccommunityfoundation.org.
About the Yadkin County Community Foundation
The Yadkin County Community Foundation is an affiliate of NCCF. It is led by a local volunteer advisory board that helps build community assets through the creation of permanent endowments, makes grants and leverages leadership — all for the benefit of Yadkin County. To learn more, visit nccommunityfoundation.org/Yadkin.
Hannah Hogewood, NCCF Marketing & Communications Manager