NCCF cuts a big swath across this great state, so getting representatives from our affiliate boards together for regional meetings can be a challenge. It’s not just logistics; it’s also geography, with 60 boards serving 67 counties literally stretching from Murphy to Manteo.
Our volunteer leaders always come through, however, as they prove again and again. Last week’s Affiliate Forum in Hickory for the West and Northwest areas and this week’s Forum in Wilson for the Northern Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain North and South, Northeastern and Southeastern regions clearly indicated that our board members are engaged and passionate about their work leading their local community foundations. Many drove long distances to talk about their affiliates and how to position the local foundations for continued success now and in the future.
The meetings were held as part of the NCCF Affiliate Impact Committee’s work to help each local board identify their focus areas based on their unique strengths and needs. The plan is for each affiliate to then create their own “blueprints for success,” with annual goals as the outcome. Affiliates will begin implementing their own tailored plans in 2015. More to come on this work soon. Materials for affiliate board members are now posted here via protected access on our website.
We would like to thank all of the affiliate advisory board members who took the time to participate in the Forums and NCCF's statewide Board Chair Stuart Dorsett, who helped to emcee the Wilson gathering. We also appreciate Steve Alley with Ekstrom and Associates, who spoke at both of our Forums, and the following keynote speakers and panelists:
Keynote – Inspiring Homegrown Philanthropy: Deborah Johnson, executive director, Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center of Catawba County (and NCCF agency fundholder and grantee partner)
Panelists: Partnering for Impact: How Funders Can Maximize Resources: Dan Gerlach, president, Golden LEAF Foundation; Anita Johnson, program officer, the Cannon Foundation; Mikki Sager, vice president, Resourceful Communities Director, the Conservation Fund; and moderator, Leslie Ann Jackson, NCCF director of grants and scholarships
Keynote – Maria Parker, founder, 3000 Miles to a Cure (and advisory board member, Robeson County Community Foundation)
Panelists: Tracey Dorsett, program officer, Community Economic Development, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation; Danielle Breslin, vice president of operations, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC Foundation; Mikki Sager, vice president, Resourceful Communities Director, the Conservation Fund; and moderator, Sally Migliore, NCCF director of community leadership.
Affiliate Impact Committee members:
Coastal Plains North Region - Brack Townsend, board, Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation for Greater Rocky Mount
Coastal Plains South Region - Linda Staunch, board, NCCF and Craven County Community Foundation
Northeastern Region - Laura Beasley, board, NCCF and president, Bertie-Hertford Community Foundation
Northern Piedmont - Natalie Rose, immediate past president, Wake County Community Foundation
Northwestern Region - Bonnie Lasky, grants committee chair, Yadkin County Community Foundation
Sandhills Region - Jeff McNeill, board, Hoke County Community Foundation
Southeastern Region - Steve Wangerin, president, Onslow Caring Communities Foundation
Western Region - Gary Lance, president, Haywood County Community Foundation
Staff - Sally Migliore, director of Community Leadership Team; Peggy Birkemeier, retired senior regional associate, Northeastern Region; Patricia Lawler, regional associate, Southeastern Region; Sue LeLievre, regional associate, Western Region
Note: In the photo on the home page are Jennifer Tolle Whiteside, NCCF CEO, and Stuart Dorsett, board chair.