Funder hires director – Foundation’s grant deadline nears

By Todd Cohen

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Tony Pipa, director of philanthropic services for the Triangle Community Foundation, has been named executive director of the D. Michael Warner Foundation, effective Sept. 18.

Pipa will be the first executive for the $16 million-asset foundation, which was created in 1996 with proceeds from the sale of Atwork Corp., Warner’s software company.

Warner and his wife, Betty Craven, created the foundation, which hands out $1 million a year and focuses its funding on organizations in North Carolina that work to help people attain economic self-sufficiency and improve race relations.

Pipa has been philanthropic services director at the Triangle Commuity Foundation for four years. Before that, he was founding executive director Mt. Diablo Habitat for Humanity in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The next deadline for submitting grant applications to the Warner Foundation is Aug. 15. For information, call (919) 383-4367.

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